Bringing funding opportunities closer to Czech startups
Join MY-GATEWAY at their startup funding courses in September
Sometimes having a revolutionary idea, a great team and a well-defined business plan is not enough. We don’t like to talk about it, and probably even think about it, but we need to realistically consider how to financially get our business started.
In order to relieve some of the most widespread headaches startups run into at some point in their lives, MY-GATEWAY has put together a set of courses. MY-GATEWAY knows that there are multiple opportunities just waiting to be uncovered, but not all of them are within easy reach. Whether it’s EU funding or the many different types of private funding available, it’s nice to know there’s someone who can guide you through the process and tell you the dos and don’ts.
MY-GATEWAY will help you understand where to find key information and how to interpret it, how to read the investor’s mind and how to hone your pitching skills. How do we do it? Together with our partners in the Czech Republic (Czech Invest), Slovenia (Startup Slovenia) and Romania (Spherik Accelerator) we’re organising a set of six training courses which will host about twenty startup team members each.
Right now, we’ve opened the application process for the training courses in Brno and Prague.
Brno Tech Nest – 17 September 2019
Prague Startup Centre – 19 September 2019
On a later stage we’ll share the Romanian and Slovenian dates.
How can you apply?
All you have to do is fill out this application form. This will help us get to know you better and prepare tailored responses to your questions.
In the form you’ll have to choose which Czech training course you’d like to attend: the one in Brno or the one in Prague. They will have exactly the same format.
When is the deadline?
Make sure you apply by 15th September at the latest.
What will you be learning?
The training course will instruct you on the following:
- Czech funding opportunities.
- H2020, Horizon Europe funding opportunities and detecting which one is right for you.
- Fundraising and its alternatives from the point of view of startups and investors. Asking yourself whether you should raise funds or not.
- Overview of the different kinds of capital: Friends, Family and Fools, Accelerator/Incubators, Business angels, Seed funds, Governmental funds and Venture Capital.
- Preparing for the questions investors ask startups neatly grouped into the following topics: Founders/Team, Product/Technology, Market/Competition, Business Model, Metrics/Unit Economics, and «Clean company » (i.e. legal, due diligence).
- Understanding the human side of investors: how they make money, what’s their typical day like, what their thinking patterns are and how to talk to them.
- Honing your pitching skills with hands-on exercises.
- You’ll learn about other Startup Europe opportunities that projects such as Untold Stories Budapest, Startup Europe Networks, MY-GATEWAY, Soft Landing, Startup Lighthouse, Startup Europe Partnership 2.0, Access2Europe, Nordic AIP and Scale-EUP2 can offer you.
About the trainers
Meet Jan and Attila, our experts in private and public funding.
Jan Bormans, combines a Ph.D. in engineering with an MBA in international management. He has over 25 years of experience combining innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity to create economic and societal value. Jan has participated in European projects since 1996 and has been active as an early player in setting up the Belgian startup ecosystem. He has been actively engaged in building both Startups.be and European Startup Network brands and communities over the past few years.
Attila Uderszky is an environmental engineer with more than 17 years of experience in managing and coordinating projects in the FP5, FP6, FP7, H2020, LIFE, INTERREG, Intelligent Energy Europe and CIP programmes. His major focus in projects is oriented from technical research, prototype development, laboratory and field validation of project results and also innovation management activities with special attention to business viability, financial feasibility, cost-benefit analysis and IPR issues.
He is a registered business coach for the Executive Agency for Small- and Medium sized Enterprises from the European Commission, providing project mentoring support to beneficiaries of the H2020 SME Instrument Programme.
Calling all blockchain startups!
Opportunities for you at OECD's Global Blockchain Policy Forum
On 12-13 September 2019, the OECD will host the Global Blockchain Policy Forum in Paris.
Following the inaugural edition of the Forum in 2018 which was attended by more than 1000 people, the second edition of the Global Blockchain Policy Forum will convene senior decision-makers from the public and private sectors, academics and other stakeholders to discuss policy in view of building an effective policy environment for blockchain innovation and adoption.
In 2019, for the first time, the Forum will also include a Govtech Start-up Showcase.
OECD is looking for 8 startups to participate at the Govtech Start-up Showcase.
Each startup will have 25 minutes to present its ideas on the stage (15 min of presentation followed by a 10 min Q&A session from the audience). Startups will have 15 minutes to present their initiative or business application using blockchain or other distributed ledger technologies at the service of public or government services.
The presentation should show practical use cases of the technology. Sessions are intended to be dynamic and engaging.
If you want to recommend a startup developing a blockchain application for public services, please write us an e-mail at CNECT-STARTUP-EUROPE@ec.europa.eu until 25 July 2019 EOB.
Applications for Deep Tech Global Challenge are OPEN!
Calling all early-stage deep tech startups
The application to the 6th Hello Tomorrow Deep Tech Global Challenge is now officially open.
The annual Global Challenge is a science-startup competition specifically designed for the needs of early-stage deep tech startups.
Participating startups can gain access to equity-free funding (up to €100K prize money), global visibility and connections with key players in the global deep tech ecosystem.
All selected top deep tech startups (around 500 startups) are invited to both the Investor Day and Global Summit in Paris in March 2020. They will get the chance to meet with:
- 400 C-level from industry leaders such as Bosch, IBM, LG, Honda, Servier, GSK, L’Oréal, Bayer, Vinci, DSM, etc.
- 150 VCs such as NEA, Atomico, IdInvest, Balderton, Draper Esprit, etc.
- 50 CVCs such as Airbus, Evonik, Total, Samsung, Merck, Solvay, etc.
- international media such as BBC, Fast Company, Le Monde, etc.
- fellow entrepreneurs (500+ deep tech startups).
You can find all the information you need about the Challenge and the application form here.
EU Regions Hackathon
Applications open now!
Do you have fresh ideas and have the capacity to make them a reality? Do you possess solid knowledge about IT development and open data? Can you deliver web or mobile solutions with an impact throughout the entire European Union?
- 26 July: deadline for applications (register your idea)
- 31 July: announcement of finalists
- 30 September: deadline for finalists to submit the web or mobile ideas they have developed
- 10 October: winner announcement
- The five finalists will attend the #EURegionsWeek in Brussels (~7.000 participants) in October
- The winner will get a ticket for the next #WebSummit in Lisbon (~70.000 participants) in November
- Anyone on Earth capable to develop innovative ideas and make them a reality
- To get closer to citizens
- Condition: you should combine at least one domain (events, projects, funding, …) from the INFOREGIO website with at least one dataset from the ESIF Open Data Portal, European Data Portal, EU Open Data Portal, Eurostat website, Europa portal, Copernicus website, Galileo website, Interoperability solutions website, Building blocks Page or any other dataset [DVM1] (open or not).
- Goal: engage with EU citizens through new insight, business model or business concept based on open data
- The result should be a new, original mobile or web application, visualisation or demonstration of applying data science by linking datasets, in order to generate new insights and engagement. The result should address a need or problem of free choice and prove its relevance in context.
- For more information check our page
Applications for Soft-Landing missions are now OPEN!
And they're especially on the lookout for female founders
Applications for this year’s Soft-Landing missions are open and this time there’s a new destination, New York, and a special focus on female founders to join and share their perspectives with the group.
Are you ready for an intensive agenda of scaling support in new destinations? As this is the final round of Soft-Landing missions, everyone’s been put into making these missions leaner and faster, to help you internationalise, find new clients, navigate local legal and tax challenges, and expand your network. If you’re a startup thinking about how to internationalise, then choose your destination below and apply before spots run out!
If you’re a startup leader (accelerators, mentors, investors, journalists and corporates with startup programmes) we just have the one destination, the Netherlands, for you this time, so it will be competitive – get applying as soon as you can!
Travel & accommodation expenses are covered up to 400 EUR (EU missions) and up to 950 EUR (US missions) thanks to Startup Europe. What are you waiting for?
- New York 14-18 October 2019
- Silicon Valley 11-15 November 2019
- The Netherlands 23-27 September 2019 (25-27 for ecosystem builders)
- Berlin 4-8 November 2019
11 startups wanted to join MY-GATEWAY at Slush
Calling all startups based in Slovenia, Romania or the Czech Republic!
Slush is a conference unlike any other. Held each year in Helsinki, it welcomes 2,000 investors, 700 journalists and thousands of change-makers like you. This year, the EU-funded MY-GATEWAY project, is giving away attendee tickets. The MY-GATEWAY team will also help you to make most of the world’s leading startup event by inviting you to join activities and side events specifically organised for you. More information on these events will be shared with you closer to the date.
So, what are the requirements to participate in the ‘Come to Slush with MY-GATEWAY’ competition?
- Your startup headquarters are located in Central and Eastern Europe, but priority will be given to MY-GATEWAY target countries: Romania, Czech Republic and Slovenia.
- Your startup should be at least in late seed stage to make the most of the event.
- Fill out this Google Form.
- Share this open call on your social media channels (link in the Google Form).
- Share some love with MY-GATEWAY social media by giving us a ‘like’!
Be sure to fill out the form by 31 July 11:00pm CEST. Main key players of the Romanian, Czech and Slovenian startup ecosystem will have the final say on who wins this competition.
Winners will be disclosed on 6 August on MY-GATEWAY website.
Neither accommodation nor travel to Helsinki will be covered. For more information please get in touch with Francesca at email@example.com