Founders ABCD Deep Tech Start-up Support Program (2024)

The second edition of the Founders ABCDeep Tech Startup Support Program (2024) will focus on improving the business model and capacity of participating startups, their investment readiness / access to finance potential, and their awareness of the opportunities offered by the Pan-European innovation networks of the EIT KICs.

The goal is to improve the maturity level of the startups and open the doors to Europe through EIT KIC Accelerator programs.

The two-month (startup support / acceleration) program aims to strengthen the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Western Balkans, while being light enough to allow participants to focus on their business development journey.

The second edition of the program will offer an award of up to EUR 10,000 to the best performing startup(s).

PROGRAM DETAILS

Online program duration: 7 May 2024 – 5 July 2024

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WHO IS THE PROGRAM FOR?

The Founders ABCDeep Tech Startup Support Program is looking for innovative and unique solutions from deep tech, related areas, such as:

Advanced Computing, Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Aerospace, Automotive and Remote Sensing, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Big Data, Biotechnology and Life Sciences, Communications and Networks, Cybersecurity, Electronics and Photonics, Internet of Things, Semantic Web, Robotics, Semiconductors, Clean Technologies, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Web 3.0, Blockchain and other.

The maturity of technology should be on at least TRL3.

Participation requirements

Only startups from the WB economies (Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo*) and Hungary can apply, which are legally registered entities (or to be registered at the duration of the program).

Startups wishing to apply must submit their application online on the following LINK, by 19 April 2024 at 11:59 pm CET.

About 10 applicants will be selected to take part in the online startup support program.

WHAT YOU GET

  • Joint online sessions delivered by experts and guest speakers on selected topics, geared to improve your business models (covering 8 modules);
  • Carefully selected mentors for each startup, based on your specific needs, that will devote their time and support your development.
  • The chance to compete for a prize of EUR 10,000 for the best performing startup(s) in the program.
  • Develop your investment readiness potential, and learn about EIT, EIC and other EU funding opportunities.
  • The chance to pitch your venture in person to ABCD’s partners and investors in Hungary.
  • Enlarge your network of regional startups, experts, executives, academic representatives, investors, strategic partners, and other.

APPLY NOW

More details about the Founders ABCDeep Tech Startup Support Program please find in the Terms and conditions for applicants on the following LINK.

EIT Jumpstarter 2024

 

Do you have an innovative idea and want to jumpstart your business?

With EIT Jumpstarter, you can access the largest innovation network of EIT Communities. You will compete for the whopping first prize of up to €10,000 in nine categories.

Apply now!

With the contribution of best-in-class experts, a creative community, and unique know-how, we aim to support idea-holders in turning their ideas into business. We help innovators and entrepreneurs build a viable business model around their innovative product or service idea and validate it. If their business idea is sustainable, we encourage them to register their company.

The strategic aim of this program is to create a sustainable impact in the Central-Eastern and Southern-European Regions by boosting innovation and entrepreneurship within this part of Europe. The programme’s concept originates from the real needs of the innovation ecosystem of these regions. Countries face similar challenges; they have enormous innovation potential with bright scientific minds, but the research results will likely remain within the labs. At the same time, many needs have been unmet from the corporate side. To overcome these challenges by connecting innovative solutions with the industry’s articulated demands and increasing our regions’ competitiveness, six EIT Communities teamed up to jointly run EIT Jumpstarter: EIT Health, EIT RawMaterials, EIT Food, EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility organize the competition. The seven Knowledge and Innovation Communities of EIT, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. They bring together businesses, research centres and universities as partners creating a favourable environment for creative thought and innovation to flourish. EIT is a valuable, credible partner to get your business idea up and running.

Graduates of the program possess the skills and knowledge to launch their companies. As part of the alumni community, they receive further support and dedicated advice from the EIT Communities regarding the next stage of their start-up journey. We introduce teams to partners, VCs, regulatory bodies and companies that can produce their products, their first buyer or a test site. They meet major innovation hubs in Europe, which is essential when they want to enter foreign markets.

The program has trained more than 970 start-up teams since 2017, and interest in our competition is growing. In 2019 EIT Jumpstarter won the Best Association Training Initiative Award of the European Association Awards.

Rebuild Ukraine

This new cohort is for all Ukrainians who want to rebuild and revitalise the country through innovation. We’re looking for scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, PhD and master’s students and innovators across all thematic cohorts – namely Digital, Food, Health, Innoenergy, Manufacturing, New European Bauhaus, RawMaterials and Urban Mobility. Ukrainian citizens and teams can only apply for this category.

Western Balkans

It is more than a special prize, it is a shift in mindset and approach. With this new dimension across the categories of EIT Jumpstarter, we are strengthening the cooperation between the countries of the Western Balkans and the European Union.

New European Bauhaus

Since its 2021 edition, EIT Jumpstarter has been accepting applications from the fields that the New European Bauhaus initiative covers.

The New European Bauhaus proposes focusing our conversations on the places we inhabit and our relationship with natural environments beyond the built space. It is a practical approach to discovering beautiful, sustainable, inclusive ways of living and using them to inspire our way forward. It is also a design lab, accelerator and network simultaneously. A creative and interdisciplinary movement, convening a space of encounter to recuperate and revisit sustainable practices from, empower the most inspiring practices of today, and design future ways of living at the crossroads between art, culture and science.

Eligible countries

Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, Türkiye, Ukraine, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain).

Regarding Kosovo: This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Apply now!

Important dates in 2024

  • Deadline for submitting business ideas: 26 April
  • Selection of ideas and invitation to the bootcamps: May
  • Bootcamps will be held online in May-June
  • Local joint training: July-September
  • Grand Final: late November

Is it for me?

Are you part of a scientific project team, innovator, scientist, PhD student or master’s student with a product or service idea to disrupt the existing markets in healthcare, agri-food, raw materials, energy, urban mobility or manufacturing sectors? Do you want to bring your idea out of the lab to the market? Then EIT Jumpstarter is ideal for you.

What will you learn?

During the 8 months-long programme, you will find and validate the best business model for your innovative idea. The courses build on the lean start-up methodology from Silicon Valley translated to the European Environment. You will learn about: how to refine your deal, market segmentation, customer value proposition, market segmentation, financials, investment basics, legal basics

You will receive travel and accommodation support during the program, and the best teams in each category will have the chance to win a €10,000 money prize.

Why it is unique?

EIT Jumpstarter is a very selective, competitive program; participating in it opens doors towards the European markets and connects the best teams with the seven EIT Communities’ large industrial partners.

EIT Food Startup Awareness and Networking Event Empowers AgriFood Innovators in North Macedonia

To improve the local agrifood scene, Business Accelerator UKIM recently hosted the EIT Food Startup Awareness and Networking Event in Netaville, Skopje, spanning two dynamic days on December 4th and 5th. Designed as a collaborative platform, this event brought startups, aspiring entrepreneurs, and eager students seeking to tap into the wealth of knowledge and expertise prevalent within the agrifood sector.

The event commenced with a vibrant workshop on the first day, boasting interactive sessions led by distinguished industry experts. Attendees actively engaged in discussions, shared innovative ideas, and delved into collaborative dialogues aimed at nurturing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurial growth. The workshop’s primary focus was to empower participants with crucial insights and multifaceted perspectives indispensable for success within the agrifood industry.

Transitioning seamlessly into the second day, the event pivoted towards personalized 1:1 mentoring meetings. Here, individuals and teams received tailored guidance and support, fine-tuning their entrepreneurial endeavors under the mentorship of experienced professionals. The highlight of this transformative event was the engaging networking session, providing a platform for participants to pitch their groundbreaking ideas to a diverse audience, comprising representatives from the business community, academia, and key stakeholders deeply invested in agrifood innovation.

A very interesting panel talk happened, discussing big problems in the agrifood business in North Macedonia and in the region. They looked at ways everyone could work together to solve these problems. After that, during lunchtime, people got to meet and make important connections. This helped to build a strong group ready for future growth and new ideas.

An invaluable highlight was the insightful presentation delivered by a distinguished representative from EIT Food. This segment illuminated the diverse array of opportunities available to companies in North Macedonia, offering a roadmap to leverage EIT initiatives for growth and advancement within the agrifood domain. The event thus served as a catalyst for empowerment, knowledge exchange, and the cultivation of a vibrant ecosystem primed for innovation and sustainable growth in North Macedonia’s agrifood sector.

 

EIT FOOD STARTAUP AWARENESS & NETWORKING EVENT

Seize the Opportunity to Upgrade Your Agri-Food Startup

           REGISTER                                                                                                                                                                       AGENDA                                                                                                                     

We invite you to the EIT Food Startup Awareness Event taking place on December 4th and 5th, 2023. The event is tailored for aspiring entrepreneurs, early-stage agri-food startups, students from the Agricultural Faculty or Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, and individuals passionate about agri-food innovation.

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The event is a initiative by EIT Food, designed to equip entrepreneurial talents and early-stage agri-food startups with the skills and knowledge needed for effective participation in new venture creation and growth.

 

 

Topics Covered

  1. Entrepreneurship: Identifying, developing, and acting upon entrepreneurial opportunities.
  2. Leadership: Enhancing leadership skills for responsible management practices.
  3. Technology Management: Utilizing emerging technologies in innovation processes.
  4. Data Management: Harnessing digital tools for data access, management, analysis, and interpretation.

 

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The event offers invaluable 1:1 mentorship with national and international experts. Additionally, a networking session with prominent agri-food companies provides a platform for learning, experience exchange, and business development. Download the AGENDA for more details and REGISTER.

 

 

 

 

Date and Venue

Mark your calendar for December 4th and 5th, 2023, and join us at Netaville in Skopje. See Map

Don’t Miss Out on This Opportunity

If your goals align with this event’s objectives, seize the chance to elevate your agri-food innovation journey. REGISTER by filling out the form. The registrations will close on 18.11.2023 at 12:00

 

Who Can Participate EIT Food looks for 60 startups in the agri-food sector to help acceleration

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, part of a startup, an individual with a groundbreaking idea, a student, or an enthusiast passionate about agri-food innovation – this event is crafted for you! We are excited to welcome a diverse range of participants to the EIT Food Startup Awareness Event in Skopje. A maximum of 25 participants will be selected, secure the opportunity to be selected by completing  registration process before the deadline.

 

 

Connect with Industry Leaders

Professionals, mentors, and stakeholders will share their insights during the event. Check out the AGENDA to plan your participation and REGISTER.

 

Meet the speakers

Our distinguished speakers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the forefront of our event. Get ready to be inspired by industry leaders, professionals, and visionaries who are at the forefront of agri-food innovation.

Explore the profiles below to get a sneak peek into the expertise and passion that will make our event an enriching experience.

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to the first Climathon in Skopje!

GRAB THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE SKOPJE A HEALTHIER PLACE FOR LIVING

Skopje is one of the 60 cities around the Globe that organize Climathons around the same time this year in order to find solutions to local climate problems. The subject of the first Climathon is: DIGITAL SOLUTIONS

Climathon is a city-based initiative of EIT Climate-KIC that offers a pathway to action for anyone who wants to create local solutions to solve climate challenges in cities. It is a global movement that empowers citizens to act against climate change.

Since 2015 more than 30,000 innovators have joined over 1000 #Climathon events worldwide. See more here.

Through this event, we seek to inspire, connect, and support local changemakers determined to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, climate-resilient society.

We bring diverse stakeholders, including students, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and citizens, to foster collaboration and innovation.

CEED Hub Skopje has the license to organize the first Climathon in Skopje and we look forward to many innovative solutions that will contribute to transforming Skopje into a zero-carbon city.

By putting Skopje on the world map of cities combating climate change, we gain access to the newest trends, innovations, and support in achieving our goal, of living a clean and healthy life.

Sponsors and Awards

The first Climathon in Skopje is supported by Sparkasse Bank Macedonia which is a company among the leaders in promoting sustainable and responsible living as well as supporting social entrepreneurship with its specific services.

The winning team will receive an award of 3,000 EUR from Sparkasse Bank Macedonia for the implementation of the winning solution.

Other awards include:

  1. The winning team is automatically accepted as a participant in the Investment Readiness Program of CEED Hub and has the opportunity to pitch in front of the CEED Business Angels Club.
  2. The first and second winning team receives a 6-month co-working space in the CEED Hub.
  3. First, second, and third-best solutions receive 6-month business support by CEED Hub Skopje for the commercialization of their ideas (mentorship, networking, and access to additional finance, professional advice, training, consultancy, and technical knowledge).
  4. The first, second, and third-best solutions receive media promotion by CEED networks.

Partners are involved in leveling up the experience, organization and, most of all, the effect of the Climathon. Partners are involved in various ways: provide space, volunteers, speakers, logistics support, media channels, meals and refreshments, t-shirts, etc.

Become a sponsor or partner by contacting us here.

Who can participate

Teams and individuals with innovative ideas can be part of the Climathon. A maximum of 10 teams will be selected to participate.
Startups, companies, individuals, teams, schools, faculties, or any kind of enthusiast are welcome to register for the upcoming Climathon in Skopje.

APPLY HERE

Watch what other Climathons have done.

Impact

The expected overall impact of the Climathon is to achieve a healthy, resilient city.

We want to see Skopje clean, green, smart, and comfortable for its citizens with restrained emissions of CO2 in the air. With the first event, we want to see at least one viable solution, implemented and sustainable in realization of its goal.
As organizers, we promise to create an environment for sustainable solutions and support local communities in their purpose to live a healthier life.

Date and place

The Skopje Climathon will take place on 3 and 4 November 2023 at INNOFEIT (see map)

Speakers

Professionals, mentors, stakeholders, and youth will share their knowledge and opinions on the subject, providing valuable information for the teams to tackle the burning issues of our city.

Organizers

This Climathon is organized by CEED Hub Skopje within the USAID Youth Actively Create Opportunities Activity.

CEED Hub Skopje acts as a central root of a fast-moving community and actively boosts and inspires young entrepreneurs, creation, innovation, and cooperation for startups and businesses in favor of promoting their rapid growth and accelerating progress through education, creative solutions & valuable resources.

USAID’s Youth Actively Create Opportunities Activity

CEED Business Club

CEED Business Angels Club

YEF

 

This initiative is organized with the support of the USAID Youth Actively Create Opportunities Activity, implemented by Improving Economies for Stronger Communities (IESC), in partnership with Youth Educational Forum (YEF) and Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development CEED Hub Skopje. The author’s views expressed on this website do not necessarily reflect the views of the USAID or the United States Government

Master Classes with Peter Adams

Business Accelerator UKIM together with Digital Innovation Hub and Challenger will host four Master Classes with Mr. Peter Adams, Colorado-based author, investor, speaker, educator, and community leader, to inspire Macedonian startup founders and angel investors on their joint venture development journey.

Do you want to generate new knowledge and turn your innovative solutions into a profitable business?

Then these Master Classes are ideal for both startup founders and angel investors.

Masterclasses were held in the Center for Technology Transfer and Innovation – INNOFEIT (MAP).

 

MC 1 – Angel 101 and Exit Strategies

Working materials

  1. RVC Angel Accelerator 501 – Introduction
  2. Exit Strategy

Description

Have you ever been interested in investing in start-ups? Are you interested in investing in innovative companies, and disrupting industry sectors with new products and marketing strategies?  And would you like to know how to reduce the risk of investing in these early-stage companies?

In this course, we’ll teach you the basics of investing in startups. This is an introductory course, so no prior education or experience is required.

 

Topics Covered Include a high-level introduction to essential elements of successful early-stage investing:

  • What is angel investing? What kind of people are angels, what do they invest in, how much do they invest, what kind of returns do they get?
  • Is angel investing as risky as everyone thinks? (Hint – it’s risky, but not if you do it right)
  • Exits – how do angels get their money back and how long does it take?
  • Syndication and working with other investors.
  • Venture Funds vs. Single Investments
  • Benefits of angel investing in groups vs. by yourself.

RVC Academy: Exit Strategies

A workshop to learn how to develop and implement exit strategies for venture companies.

“Begin with the End in Mind”  (Habit #2 of Steven Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Successful People)

Whether you are an angel investing in a new company or a founder who is pitching to angels, it is important to your net worth to figure out what the Exit will be for this venture. Investors and Founders will enjoy an in-depth discussion on exit strategies as they relate to companies that are seeking seed stage capital.  The time to start thinking about the exit is at the beginning when you can create the greatest value for all stakeholders.

Think of the acquirer of a company (regardless of whether it is by M&A or IPO) as the “second customer” for your company.  Just like the first task of a startup should be to understand who the customer is and the unique value proposition that the company provides, the exit is selling to the “second customer” who buys the company.  The value proposition for that customer is different than the proposition for the first customer and learning how to develop these two value propositions simultaneously is critical to maximizing investor return.

Successful angel deals result in a return on investment in 3-7 years. Exit potential is one of the main criteria that investors use to decide which companies to invest in. To get there, we need to begin with the end in mind.

 

This Exit Planning session will discuss the following:

  • What is an exit or liquidity event?
  • How does your exit strategy impact valuation now?
  • What will your company be worth in 5 years?
  • How and when to target potential acquirers.
  • How to build an exit strategy even though it’s five years away?
  • Is talking about the exit a bad idea because it sounds like a quick flip?
  • Implementing the exit. Roles and responsibilities, gotchas and tips.
  • How to balance early vs. normal exit strategies against IRR, opportunity, risk and more

 

MC 2 – Proformas – Financial Projections

Working materials:

  1. Believable Proformas
  2. Sample Proforma #1 – EdTech
  3. Sample Proforma #2 – Med Device
  4. Sample Proforma #3a – Travel Tech (Annual Summary)
  5. Sample Proforma – Bitsbox

 

Description

Believable Proformas (Financial Projections)

Proformas are the founders’ chance to present a well-educated set of projections for the financial performance of their company in the future.  While nobody can predict the future with 100% accuracy, the proforma is one of the most important planning tools available to founders and the most important due diligence document for investors.

 

In this workshop, we will cover:

  • What is a proforma?
  • What is the format for a well-crafted proforma?
  • How far into the future should a proforma project?
  • How can the exit strategy help to create a believable proforma?
  • How are proformas used in valuation modeling?
  • What are the steps to create a proforma?
  • How should investors evaluate a proforma?
  • And more.

 

MC 3 – Valuation Workshop and Capital Stack Strategy

Working materials:

  1. Valuations
  2. Finance Strategies
  3. Valuation Modeler

 

Description

Valuation is a mystery for both founders and investors, but it doesn’t have to be. In this workshop, we will work through five different valuation methodologies and how they work together to form a smart and fair valuation for a company at the early stages.

Participants will learn:

  • What is value vs. price for company stock?
  • How to use the valuation methods in negotiation
  • How to think about “externalities” that can impact value
  • The Scorecard Valuation Method
  • The Risk-Adjusted Valuation Method
  • The Burn Rate Method
  • The Venture Capital Method
  • The Cap Table Method

By the end of this masterclass, participants will have the tools and knowledge to fairly value companies.

Capital Stack Strategies

The capital Stack is the combined projected capital raise for a company. These raises are broken into “tranches” or bite-sized chunks that will typically result in about eighteen months of operating runway for a company. The proper use of a capital stack strategy is closely tied to the proforma and exit strategy and when properly configured, will help the founder and investor to minimize dilution from multiple follow-on rounds of investment.

In this workshop, we will cover:

  • Runway – how to calculate it and how long should it be?
  • Reserves – when should the next capital raise begin
  • Size of Raise – how much should a founder raise
  • Number of Raises – what is the optimum number of raises to grow fast, but reduce dilution?
  • Milestone Evaluation – how does value increase with milestones reached?
  • When is the optimum time to raise in order to minimize dilution?
  • Investors – what is the relationship between raises and valuation?

By the end of this masterclass, participants will understand how to construct a capital strategy to maximize returns for both investors and founders while minimizing risk.

 

MC 4 – Term Sheets and Due Diligence

Working materials:

  1. Term Sheets
  2. Due Diligence
  3. Due Diligence Checklist
  4. Due diligence questionnaire

Description

Understanding Term Sheets

The term sheet can be intimidating for founders and investors at first, but once you get the general ideas, they become a lot easier to understand.  In this workshop, we will review the purpose and use of the term sheet, and we will cover the main terms and how they are used in negotiation.

Participants will learn:

  • Purpose of the term sheet
  • Different kinds of deal structures and the pros and cons for each.
  • When and how to prepare the term sheet.
  • The role of the “lead investor” in creating the term sheet.
  • Deal structure options
  • Review of key terms including valuation, deal close date, minimum to close, antidilution, liquidation preferences, information rights, board seats, dividends, prorata rights, control provisions, conditions precedent to financing, and more.

We will also cover common vs. preferred shares and how to understand the difference.

Due Diligence

Due diligence is the process of evaluating an investment opportunity.  This process is often approached haphazardly.  We will cover how founders should prepare for diligence and what investors should be looking out for during the diligence process.

Participants will learn:

  • What are the key elements of due diligence?
  • How long should due diligence take?
  • When does an investor decide to say “yes” or “no”?
  • What are the phases of diligence?
  • What are the financial impacts to investment with high vs. low diligence?
  • How to identify the three key risks in any company. (Hint – they’re not the same for all companies)
  • How founders should handle discussing risks with investors.
  • Due diligence in syndicated deals – best practices.
  • The role of the lead investor in due diligence.

Peter Adams is a Colorado-based author, investor, speaker, educator, and community leader. He is the Managing Director of the Rockies Venture Fund, a venture fund supporting high-growth early-stage companies in technology, healthcare, and life sciences. He is also the Executive Director of the Rockies Venture Club, the longest-established angel investing organization in the U.S.  He is the founder of the Rockies Venture Institute, the first non-profit to create accelerator programs that serve investors and entrepreneurs. Peter is a board member and officer of the Angel Capital Association and the Angel Investor Foundation and the author of Wiley & Sons’ Venture Capital for Dummies.

The Rockies Venture Club is the longest-running angel investing group in the U.S. with a mission to further economic development by educating and connecting angel and VC investors with early-stage entrepreneurs. With over 140 events every year, including the Angel Capital Summit and Colorado Capital Conference, this non-profit organization is active in collaborating with ecosystem partners, including universities, startup organizations, economic development entities, federal laboratories, regional events, and more.  The group invests in over thirty deals yearly and co-invests via the Rockies Venture Fund.  With its non-profit partner, the Rockies Venture Institute, the Rockies Venture Club offers weekly workshops, classes, and accelerators for investors and entrepreneurs.

Mindspace University “Agritech & Foodtech” Autumn 2022

Are you a university student or recent alumni from North Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, and Serbia? → Idea Submission – NOT required

Accelerator UKIM has partnered with Mindspace for their We are thrilled to announce the Open Call for our online program Agritech & Foodtech” – An online educational, entrepreneurial program of virtual classrooms and peer-to-peer networking meetings to help you to discover business from scratch and collaborate with entrepreneurs from the US and Balkan region.

The best 8 teams pitch their fully developed ideas in front of a panel of judges for their chance to win 10.000€, a free spot at a Mindspace Trip to silicon valley, tools and services that will help them launch their start-up, and more.

Application due: 8 October 2022
Apply Now

Overview

An intensive online series of webinars, virtual classrooms, and 1-1 mentoring sessions on a specific thematic area (for this cycle, it will be “Agritech and Foodtech”), organized and delivered by entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, mentors from Greece and Europe, together with Mindspace
and its partners.

Target Group

University students or recent alumni (less than 2 years of graduation) with studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Physics, Informatics, Computer Science, Software Engineering,
Environment and Natural Sciences, but also students that are interested in the specific thematic area with marketing or business development skills, all over Europe. Students can apply in teams or as individuals and we help them to form a team towards the end of the second week of the program. It is expected that the applications will be more than 600, however, the program’s
structure focuses on qualitative results and meaningful impact for the attendees and therefore
there will be an upper limit of up to 200 students accepted.

Structure

The program will be held entirely online from October 2022 to January 2023 and includes two main stages.

 

Educational Part (Round A, B)

This stage is implemented via online webinars and virtual classrooms and the goal is to introduce students to an entrepreneurial mindset, make them more familiar with common terms & methodologies of entrepreneurial programs, understand the specific sector & its fundamental
economic & technological concepts and get an insight on technologies & strategies on a specific thematic area. Moreover, they learn the process of generating an idea and get trained in the
Business Model Canvas principles so as to structure their idea as they should submit a business model canvas. The best teams that will be selected from a judging committee will enter Round C, during which they are getting 1-1 mentoring sessions so as to interact with their mentors and improve their ideas.
To be more specific, each mentor joins his/her session via an online webinar for a big audience
(using our online platform through which the program will be implemented) and gives a presentation about the topic that he/she selected out of a pool of topics which touch upon the
specific thematic area. At this round, there are no group mentoring sessions nor any 1-1 interaction with the attendees is required as the audience will be big. That being said, it is upon
the mentor’s decision whether he/she would like to interact more with the audience, ask questions, do a quick Q&A or discussion with the attendees at the last part of the session or
close the session. Moreover, mentors also have the opportunity to do their sessions in the format of a workshop or work on a specific case study during their session. In that case, they can also upload the training resources or exercises for the participants to be prepared for it prior to the session and send us the material as we are responsible for uploading it to our platform and letting the students know about the session’s agenda. These two rounds will last for 4 weeks during mid-October to mid-November and ideally each mentor is asked to dedicate
(without the preparation that they will make themselves prior to their session) about 1,5 hours,
holding one session based on the selected topic.

1-1 group mentoring sessions(Round C)

The 10 best teams that were selected attend Round C to have a 1-1 interaction with the mentors so as to dive into more details and experiment with entrepreneurial tools in order to finalize their business model & create a small prototype or a pitch video. Each mentor will be
engaged for one or two mentoring sessions to help the teams improve their idea for the final pitch. Moreover, the platform that will be used in the program would allow for the mentors to interact with the teams through chat inside the platform as well. This round will last for 10 weekdays during December, and ideally, each mentor is asked to dedicate (without any prior preparation needed at this stage) about 2-4 hours in total. Moreover, each team gets a public speaking and presentation workshop to prepare their pitch for the finals.

Finals

The 3 winners are selected by a judging committee, claiming monetary prizes, sponsored Trips to the USA and access to major incubation and acceleration programs, as well as additional rewards.

Expected Impact

  • Contribution to unemployment relief through new business ideas based on market needs and development of entrepreneurial & public speaking skills.
  • > 150 students with different academic backgrounds will get introduced to
    entrepreneurship terms and utilize effectively their skills & knowledge based on
    opportunities that are available in that specific industry.
  • Vital networks & partnerships between students – mentors & among students will be created, realizing the importance of operating in teams.
  • > 150 students will be involved in entrepreneurial projects and bridge the European academic environment with business needs in that specific industry
  • > 25 mentors & judges will contribute to the program, establishing new role models in the
    youngest generations.
  • > 20 videos/webinars & training material will be created under this thematic topic,
    inspiring students in similar programs to innovate in their profession & tackle future challenges.


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BAU APA2022 – Acceleration Program Autumn 2022

Accelerator UKIM is launching the Acceleration Program Autumn 2022 (BAU APA2022), tailored to the needs of today’s startups and offers financing, intensive mentoring, as well as time for implementation.

Up to 6 startups will be selected in BAU APA2022 and they will receive EUR 25K in cash and EUR 10K through mentorship. A signed Term Sheet and Investment Agreement is a precondition for startups to participate in the Acceleration Program.

Apply by 31 May and transform your innovative solutions into profitable businesses by the end of 2022.

The program will run 3 content modules to cover all aspects of product, company, and founders’ acceleration:

  1. Market, competition, and customers;
  2. Sales and pricing, and marketing;
  3. Business model, financial forecasting, and management.

The program will include 12 mentorship sessions with renowned global and regional experts who will be involved as mentors to support the startups and countless hours of dedicated work by the startups’ team with the support of the BAU local and regional teams.

Schedule a meeting on operations@accelerator.ukim.mk to start your journey.

Apply on the following LINK

 

What you get:

  • Coaching by global and regional experts
  • Experience from successful startups
  • Professional mentoring
  • Sharing Network
  • Investment from BAU: EUR 25K in cash and EUR10K through mentorship
  • Continuous Support

What you have:

  • Innovative product (at least a Prototype or MVP)
  • Dedicated team
  • Vision for scaling
  • Up to 5-year experience
  • 51% Macedonian ownership
  • Intellectual Property status defined

Evaluation criteria:

  • An ambitious, innovation-oriented, motivated and committed team with the ability and desire to   create value;
  • An innovative technology-based solution or innovative business model;
  • Value proposition with a clear competitive advantage;
  • Market potential;
  • Business model.

Startup Accelerator Of The Month – Business Accelerator UKIM

Business-technology Accelerator UKIM (BAU) was established in 2018 to identify and support the growth and competitiveness of the most promising technology entrepreneurs, startups, spin-offs, and scaleups in R.N. Macedonia. Macedonia’s most prestigious University Ss Cyril and Methodius Skopje, reinforces BAU’s strong technical knowledge and provides access to a unique infrastructure for development. In addition to the university, BAU has three founding partners RSM MacedoniaCrimson Development Foundation, and the Foundation of Prof. D-r Dimitar Stamboliev, with deep roots in investment portfolio management and successful business development.

BAU services are focused on supporting the growth of local innovative startups with a global mindset. For this reason, the accelerator has built a broad network of global partners to improve access and knowledge transfer, enabling startups and scaleups to access the global market. With their investment fund of €533,000 they provide smart investments to the most advance technology-based startups which want to scale globally. Throughout their programs, the accelerator evaluated over 300 teams and startups thus provided various support based on their needs which enabled startups to raise over €2M from their and other sources.

Accelerator Strategy Overview

Since 2018, they have implemented several program formats, all aimed at supporting the development of local innovators, entrepreneurs, and startup teams. Their flagship acceleration program APA equip startups with valuable knowledge for business modeling, penetrating the market, or getting new partnerships and supporting them with expansion.

STARTUPS ELIGIBLE FOR ACCELERATION PROGRAM

Geography: Min. 51% Macedonian ownership
Preferred industries: Technology Agnostic Accelerator
Company stage: Launch (Seed)
Product stage: Prototype, MVP/beta, ready product, first paying customers
Product type: B2B, B2C, B2B2C,
Revenues: Typically yes, but they make exceptions

PROGRAM DETAILS

Duration: 3 months
Participation fee:  No
Equity Investment: Yes (based on valuation)
Grant: No (amount with differentiation how much in cash and how much in services)
No of batches per year: 1, September – December
No of startups in a cohort: 6

Q&A with Alex Stamboliev, CEO at Business Accelerator UKIM

What are the 5 most important things you look for in a startup applying to your program?

We pay strong attention to the following aspects:

  • An ambitious, innovation-oriented, motivated and committed team with the ability and desire to create value
  • An innovative technology-based solution
  • Value proposition with a clear competitive advantage
  • Regional/ global market potential
  • Solid business model

What startups should take into account before applying to your acceleration program?

We are interested in solutions that are in the prototype, MVP, or first paying customers stage, and a dedicated mindset of a full-time team with a clear vision ready to attend 12 intensive weeks of transformation of their innovation into a profitable business combining boot camps, workshops, and 1:1 sessions with mentors.

We are looking for products and services that tackle real and serious existing problem that can be scaled globally. Primarily we evaluate product innovation level and subsequently the market potential and scalability and repeatability of the value proposition. Then we look at the company traction including financials and we set up company metrics to achieve its mission. Last but not least we explore the experience, capacity, and ambition of the team to adjust to continuous changes and be resilient enough to deal with everything that might come their way.

Can you share some of the red flags that can disqualify a startup from joining your accelerator?

Lack of motivation and coachability is a red flag for us considering further business development as we have their best interest, but that means a lot of hardcore pushing to get them set up, scale, and succeed. This is of utmost importance as during APA program, BAU clients are aligning their core story, deck, and product and making it ready for investors along with an improved business model, by learning from the best experts in the industry with the purpose to upskill them, but also identifying areas for improvement and their capabilities as a team, product, and company as a whole. Additional disqualification from the APA program is the product-market fit, whereas a startup develops a local business model and doesn’t have the potential to transform into a global business in the future.  So BAU participants need to be open to a variety of opportunities presented to them so they could continuously improve the business model but also their personal skills and competencies.

What are the most valuable skills that selected startups can develop thanks to your program?

With our due diligence and the diagnostic and action planning tools, we identify the needs and interests before and on the way, defining program structure accordingly. Global and regional industry experts and experienced mentors help our clients overcome specific blocks and challenges. In addition, our team creates a community that lets innovators circle back to the alumni, thus helping them with knowledge sharing, collaborations or finding further investment partners.

The structure of APA program is built over the idea of giving each week a specific topic where the BAU team works with APA startups on expanding their acquaintance concerning the product-market fit, customer acquisition, go-to-market strategy, and fundraising fundamentals, tools, and methodologies to run experiments as well as on tracking KPIs and acquisition channels.

In addition, BAU tackles the startup-corporate collaboration and supports startups to better understand the target market need.

During our 12 weeks program, startups receive customized coaching sessions with BAU industry experts and global mentors in:

  • Market, competition, and customers;
  • Sales and pricing, and marketing;
  • Business model, financial forecasting and management.

How does your accelerator support portfolio companies during and after the program?

BAU is on a mission to support startups in their growth, gaining investment, and entering new markets. Our specialty is match-making and networking to address the needs of our startups for entering the global market and commercialization, not only limited to financial support.

BAU combines a comprehensive program of interactive workshops on APA topics, with and 1 on 1 mentoring sessions weekly. Each startup gets assigned a dedicated person from the BAU team who acts as their relevant key mentor providing tailored support in order to make sure they develop as much as they can during the 12 weeks of intensive work. BAU team organizes varieties of inspirational discussions and continuously prepares participants for the final pitch and funding.

After finishing the program, we engage BAU investees to circle back in our network which is being constantly built. We envision a strong community of innovators and entrepreneurs who are linkages among startups and investors by continuous introduction of global opportunities for startups and scaleups. By building a supportive and cohesive community we trust that our continuous care and the real interest of the startups are met.

What are the best-performing companies in your portfolio?

Here are some startups definitely worth recognition:

  • Elevate Global – Machine learning-based autonomous forecasting and analytics which elevate businesses with autonomous time-series forecasting service to help an enterprise select the future best actions.
  • Lista – Design platform for Amazon sellers that generates smart product images within minutes
  • Sindex – an indie game development studio that will provide an opportunity for people to experience stories through their involvement.
  • RelaxifyApp – Science-based mental fitness and well-being psychology app

What key lessons have you learned from projects that didn’t work out the way you expected?

Those are three the most important ones that we want to share with you:

  • Team – lack of commitment and delayed time to execute to leverage on the open window of opportunity
  • KPI – lack of well-defined milestones and clear expectations and periodical checkpoints to ensure proper implementation
  • Adaptation – lack of the ability of the team to change and adjust go-to-market strategy according to the market validation keeping in mind the startup vision

Why, in your opinion, accelerators are becoming more popular nowadays?

Emerging ecosystems for startups and innovation face similar challenges; we have enormous innovation potential, with bright scientific minds, but many ideas remain within the ideation phase. At the same time, there is a significant number of needs that have been unmet from the corporate side where we see the crucial role of the accelerators to help existing companies in digital transformation.

The role of accelerators in the emerging ecosystem for startups and innovation is crucial as we link talents with funding, market opportunities with technology-based ideas, and support the innovators to scale globally. Continuous improvement of the innovation talents’ business skills is the only way to transform their ideas into a profitable business.

BAU support ambitious and dedicated entrepreneurs in growing and scaling their business, by investing and making our time, knowledge, and network available for the most promising entrepreneurs heading up high-growth in emerging and frontier markets.

What are the hottest markets you currently look at as an accelerator and where do you see the biggest hype?

BAU is looking into extending our clients’ portfolio into providing digital solutions globally. No particular markets are targeted.

Do you have any predictions about the key trends that will shape the European accelerator scene in the near future?

The impact on the global supply chain as a result of the global pandemic and recent wars creates an environment that will accelerate the digital transformation thus creating new windows of opportunities for innovative, sustainable and profitable ideas.

LINK TO THE INTERVIEW

АКЦЕЛЕРАТОР УКИМ: КОНТИНУИРАНА ПОДДРШКА ЗА РАСТОТ НА МАКЕДОНСКИОТ СТАРТАП ЕКОСИСТЕМ

Акцелераторот УКИМ преку програмите EIT Jumpstarter 2022 и АПА2022 им овозможува на македонските иноватори да го остварат својот сон: да го развијат бизнис моделот за технолошкото решение и да го освојат глобалниот пазар.

Основан во 2018 година, Акцелераторот УКИМ уште од самиот почеток континуирано развива специфични програми за поддршка на растот на најперспективните технолошки претприемачи, стартапи, спин-оф и брзо растечки компании во Северна Македонија во соработка со неговата глобална партнерска мрежа. Акцелераторот УКИМ имаше прилично исполнета агенда во 2021, со повеќе активности, проекти и настани со заедничка цел – поддршка на македонскиот стартап екосистем. Со тимот од Акцелератор УКИМ, извршниот директор Александар Стамболиев, финансиската директорка Нина Атанасовска и оперативниот директор Перица Врбоски направивме преглед на најзначајните проекти што ги спроведе акцелераторот,  кои се придобивките од нив за домашните претприемачи, но и активностите што допрва ќе се случуваат.

Нина Атанасовска, финансиска директорка на Акцелератор УКИМ​

Нина, кои беа најзначајните активности на Акцелераторот УКИМ изминатиов период?

Во текот на изминатата година, Aкцелераторот УКИМ беше доста активен преку учество во голем број на програми, проекти, како и сопствената акцелераторска програма АПА 2021.

Ја започнавме годината со учество во глобалниот предизвик на ФИА Регион 1, а во соработка со  АМСМ, во којшто 2 тима од Македонија стигнаа до глобалното финале. Понатаму, како локален партнер на Европскиот институт за иновации и технологија (ЕИТ) за програмата EIT Jumpstarter, минатата година за првпат ја организиравме работилницата за Македонија, на којашто детално го објаснивме процесот од аплицирање до финалната фаза, како и сите можности коишто понатаму ги нуди оваа програма, распространети низ целата мрежа на ЕИТ.

Имено, ЕИТ претставува организација формирана од страна на Европската унија во 2008 година и интегрален дел од програмата Хоризонт Европа, со цел да ги зајакне иновациите во Европа и во својата мрежа располага со голем број на универзитети, акцелератори и институции коишто ги поддржуваат иновациите, а EIT Jumpstarter претставува почетен чекор кон поврзување со нив. Минатата година, помеѓу вкупно 42 тима во големото финале се најдоа и два тима од Македонија, што го сметаме за особен успех. Горди сме што нашата соработка продолжува и оваа година, па веќе на 30 март ќе ја одржиме работилницата за 2022 година со што активно се вклучуваме во процесот на поддршка на нашите тимови коишто ќе аплицираат.

Минатата година спроведовме и акцелераторска програма наречена АПА 2021, која имаме за цел да ја спроведуваме секоја година и би сакале да стане наш заштитен знак, а беше поддржана од страна на Европската банка за обнова и развој (ЕБОР) преку програмата за поддршка на стартапи Star venture.

Што претставуваше всушност оваа програма?

Во неа учествуваа 17 стартапи во напредна фаза, коишто преку специјализирани сесии со реномирани експерти го унапредија своето знаење и развија конкретни насоки за развој на своето решение/ производ. Областите коишто ги дефиниравме како најсоодветни на фазата на развој во којашто се наоѓаат учесниците, беа: валидација на решението/ производот; клиенти, конкуренција и пазар; продажба, маркетинг и ценовна стратегија и финансиски план и проекции.

Програмата заврши со демо ден, на кој сите учесници го презентираа напредокот којшто го постигнале преку програмата, пред Одборот на директори на акцелераторот УКИМ и менторите.
Од нив, Акцелераторот УКИМ избра две компании (Синдекс и Брандер Студио) за кои смета дека имаат најголем потенцијал и инвестираше по 25.000 евра, со можност за дополнителна инвестиција од по 75.000 евра во двете компании. Освен финансиската инвестиција, акцелераторот обезбедува поддршка на своите инвестиции во областите во коишто смета дека е најпотребно, како на пример, развивање на маркетинг и продажна стратегија, финансии и слично, со цел да помогне во скалирање и глобален успех на решенијата.

Александар Стамболиев, извршен директор на Акцелератор УКИМ

10.000 евра за најдобрите учесниците во BAU EIT Jumpstarter 2022

Александар, кои се придобивките од учество на програмата EIT Jumpstarter  за иноваторите и македонската академска заедница?

Како што спомна веќе Нина, Европскиот институт за иновации и технологија (ЕИТ) е независно тело на ЕУ формирано во 2008 година, ги поттикнува иновациите и претприемништвото низ Европа за да се обезбедат напредни решенија за некои од нејзините најголеми предизвици.

  • Своите активности ЕИТ ги спроведува преку следниве специјализирани заедници за иновации: Здравство – EIT HEALTH; Агро-храна – EIT FOOD; Суровини – EIT RAW MATERIALS; Производство – EIT MANUFACTURING; Урбана мобилност – EIT URBAN MOBILITY, Енергија – EIT INNO ENERGY, Дигитални решенија – EIT DIGITAL, Климатски промени – EIT CLIMATE и од 2021 новата ЕИТ БАУХАУС.

Тоа е што е особено важно за македонската публика е програмата EIT Jumpstarter, која започна со работа во 2017 година, а од 2021 година Акцелераторот УКИМ е локален партнер за Македонија.

Целта на EIT Jumpstarter да се ослободи потенцијалот за иновации во новите европски региони на иноваторите и научниците од Јужна и Источна Европа обезбедувајќи меѓународни можности и пристап до знаење за да се овозможат поголеми шанси во комерцијализација на нивните решенија. За програмата во 2021 година се пријавија 548 апликанти, а се обучија 220 тима од 25 земји, од кои се креираа 25 стартап компании. Особено сме горди на 2 македонски решенија (ФИКСИГО и Скопје Зелен Град) кои пристигнаа во финалето.

Годинава има повторно повик за EIT Jumpstarter?

Повикот EIT Jumpstarter 2022 е отворен до 10.04.2022 и нуди:

  • пристап до знаење за трансформација на истражувањето во бизнис идеја,
  • грантови од ЕИТ и можности за инвестиции од Акцелераторот УКИМ.

Отворениот повик за иноватори со идеја за производ или услуга кои сакаат истиот да го пласираат на пазарите во следниве индустрии: здравство, агро-храна, суровини, производство, урбана мобилност, енергија и Баухаус, преку програмата EIT Jumpstarter во 2022 ќе ги добијат следните придобивки: (1) Поддршка за креирање на бизнис модел за вашата иновативна идеја: (а) како да ja валидирате вашата идеја, (б) сегментација на пазарот, (в) понуда за вредност на клиентите, (г) финансии и основи на инвестиции, (д) правни основи; (2) Пристап до европските пазари и поврзување со шесте големи индустриски партнери на ЕИТ: GE Healthcare, Siemens, Philips, Roche, Bosch, Nestlé, Pepsico, Maspex и други; (3) Поддршка за патување и сместување и (4) Парична награда од €10.000 за најдобрите тимови во секоја категорија.

За избраните идеи и тимови во EIT Jumpstarter 2022 следат неколку специјализирани обуки преку кои на најуспешните се обезбедени околу 100 часа знаење за креирање на нивниот бизнис модел низ: (1) Онлајн обуки (bootcamps) кои ќе се одржат во Мај и Јуни за 210 тимови, со следната селекција ќе бидат избрани 105 тимови за учество на (2) локалните обуки кои ќе се одржат во Јули и Септември што треба да ги номинира најдобрите 42 тимови во (3) финалето кое ќе се одржи во Ноември. На приложениот графикон слика можете да ги видите сите активности.

Со цел да се обезбедат поголема информираност на македонската заедница на иноватори и претприемачи, Акцелераторот УКИМ го организира EIT Pre-Jumpstarter 2022 на 30 март на кој ќе може да дознаат што е EIT Jumpstarter, кој може да аплицира и придобивките од учеството, ќе научат како успешно да ја пополнат апликацијата за да ги изберат во EIT Jumpstarter 2022, ќе се запознаат со интересни бизнис идеи и ќе дознаат каде да добијат поддршка, ќе ги запознаат придобивките и како да ги користат во развојот на нивниот бизнис и ќе го вежбаат својот „elevator pitch“, кој ќе ги освои срцата на идните инвеститори.

Ги покануваме да се приклучат на EIT Pre-Jumpstarter 2022 закажана на 30 март 2022 со регистрација на следниот ЛИНК, а за повеќе информации посетете не https://accelerator.ukim.mk/eitjumpstarter2022/

Перица Врбоски, оперативен директор на Акцелератор УКИМ

25.000 евра за учесниците во БАУ АПА2022

Перица, што нуди Акцелераторската програма АПА којашто ја спроведовте лани?

Минатата година, Акцелераторот УКИМ во соработка со програмата Star Venture на ЕБОР ја спроведе Акцелераторската Програма Есен 2021 година (AПA2021), во која се вклучија реномирани локални, регионални и глобални експерти, а четири глобални успешни стартапи ги споделија своите приказни, успеси и неуспеси.

Преку менторската програма, експертите со своето разновидно искуство и знаење обезбедија вредни перспективи за усовршување на учесниците во АПА2021 и ги подготвија за инвестирање и освојување на пазарот. Како резултат на оваа програма, Акцелераторот УКИМ финансираше две решенија, решението Lista и во играта SciGirl: The Internship, и очекува да инвестира уште во неколку стартапи од учесниците во АПА2021.

Основан во 2018 година, Акцелераторот УКИМ уште од самиот почеток континуирано развива специфични програми за поддршка на растот на најперспективните технолошки претприемачи, стартапи, спин-оф и брзорастечки компании во Северна Македонија во соработка со неговата глобална партнерска мрежа.

Охрабрени од интересот за АПА2021 и бројот на прифатени стартапи за учество во минатата година (вкупно 17), Бизнис акцелераторот УКИМ и оваа година објавува повик за Акцелераторска програма (АПА 2022) за поддршка на напредните стартапи и брзо растечките компании кои се подготвени да го освојат глобалниот пазар. Новиот повик за апликации, отворен до 31 мај, претставува уште една одлична можност за македонските стартапи да добијат финансирање и менторска поддршка.

Што ќе понуди АПА 2022?

Поддршката на Акцелераторот УКИМ вклучува финансирање во рана фаза од минимум 25 илјади евра и приспособено менторство за пристап до регионални и меѓународни пазари и клиенти, продажба и маркетинг како и поддршка за подобрување на бизнис моделот и пристапот до финансирање. Овие области ќе им помогнат на стартапите да ги претворат своите иновативни решенија во профитабилен бизнис. Како ментори за поддршка на стартапите ќе бидат вклучени реномирани светски и регионални експерти. Ќе бидат организирани минимум 12 сесии со истакнати ментори и безброј часови посветена работа од страна на тимот на Акцелераторот УКИМ со поддршка од своите локални и регионални партнери.

Акцелераторската програма, вклучително работилниците и менторските сесии, ќе се одржуваат онлајн или комбинирано во зависност од актуелните здравствени антиковид-протоколи. Ќе бидат организирани и демо денови што ќе им овозможи на стартапите да го претстават својот напредок и потенцијал пред меѓународните и локалните ментори и инвеститори.

Акцелераторот УКИМ очекува стартапи со посветен тим од најмалку двајца членови со иновативна идеја и глобална визија за раст, со минимум 51 процент македонска сопственост и со дефинирана интелектуална сопственост, кои се заинтересирани за работа со глобални експерти, да слушнат и споделат искуство со успешни стартапи, да добијат професионално менторство, мрежа на контакти, и финансирање од Акцелераторот УКИМ.

Она што е карактеристично за оваа програма е што селектираните стартапи ќе добијат финансирање од 25 илјади евра пред започнување на програмата, која ќе се спроведува 12 недели во периодот од септември до декември 2022 година.

Што рекоа за БАУ АПА2021

Искуството со коешто се здобивме преку акцелераторската програма АПА 2021 беше од големо значење за тим како нашиот, којшто работи на своето решение веќе 2 години во индустрија којашто не е многу застапена во Македонија. За времетраењето на акцелераторската програма, со помош и поддршка на тимот на акцелераторот УКИМ и менторите, успеавме да навлеземе подлабоко во анализа на конкуренцијата и да ја развиеме основата на продажните и маркетинг канали. Многу сме им благодарни за можноста којашто ни ја дадоа и довербата да станат наш стратешки партнер во растот на компанијата“ – Михајло Штерјов од Синдекс и креатор на решението SciGirl: The Internship (на фотосот трет од десно).

„Оваа програма и менторите кои беа вклучени во неа ни помогнаа да го премостиме јазот меѓу тоа каде се наоѓаме и каде сакаме да бидеме пред лансирање на нашиот производ. Како резултат на ова, сега сме подобро подготвени за да ги предвидиме ризиците и да се соочиме со предизвиците на патот“ – Славе Ангелов од Брандер Студио,  креатор на решението Листа (на фотосот трет од лево)