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RootCamp – AgriTech and FoodTech Startups Wanted

Join RootCamp for acceleration, mentorship, workshops & funding!

Is your startup tackling the current challenges of the agritech value chain? Are you looking for support via workshops, mentoring, and even funding grants? Then RootCamp could be for you!

RootCamp’s mission is to disrupt the agrifood chain. Founded by SpinLab, one of Europe’s best accelerators from Leipzig, the programme is supported by the corporate partners K+S, a worldwide known company in the mineral and fertilizer industry and KWS, one of the world’s leading plant breeding firms. There are thousands of startup programmes out there, but RootCamp is uniquely focussing on agritech and implementation of technology, as well as offering a tailor-made programme based on your needs.

What are the benefits?

RootCamp offers:

  • 12 weeks intense acceleration programme with the possibility of joining the 2nd phase and implement a project together with their partners 
  • An extensive network of mentors, investors and corporate partners,
  • Weekly individual coaching (overall 100+ hours),
  • Workshops (30+ hours)
  • E-learning platform with 90+ learning units,
  • Financial support in form of an equity-free grant (up to €50k: €10k for the acceleration phase + up to €40k for the integration project),
  • Participation in interesting events (startups will take part in RootCamp Demo Day, SpinLab Investor Day, and they will participate at the Agritechnica, the world’s largest agricultural technology trade fair and is organized by the German Agricultural Society in Hannover). 

How can my startup apply?

For its acceleration program, RootCamp is looking for early stage startups, with innovative ideas to disrupt the agrifoodtech sector. Applicants can be from all around the world, as long as they have a brave and determined team.

In particular for this batch there are 3 focus topics:

  • Digital solutions like marketplaces, decision support systems
  • Agriculture biotechnology including biostimulants, gene editing, biological plant protection, microbiome and seed treatment technologies
  • Carbon Farming solutions and tools

The programme will be split in 2 phases, with the first Acceleration phase lasting 3 months, and the second Project Integration phase to create a marketable solution lasting up to 9 months.

If you’d like to find out more information on applying, you can join their webinar series in July, and the AMA (ask-me-anything) session on August 10th.

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Startup Olé 2021 – Apply Now

At Startup Olé, thousands of attendees, startups, accelerators, corporates, investors, universities and public institutions will meet to develop synergies, secure financing opportunities and boost the digital transformation through a series of activities like matchmaking, roundtables, networking app and of course networking the Spanish way!

  • The event will be opened by Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth of the European Commission and Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President for Democracy and Demography at the European Commission.
  • The 7th edition of Startup OLÉ becomes the first deep tech startup event in Europe.
  • More than 160 corporations, investors and institutions have confirmed their participation to date.
  • REInA, Startup OLÉ’s rural innovation platform, will play a starring role at the event following its successful European launch in April.

Startup OLÉ is becoming the first deep tech startup event in Europe. This ground-breaking event is associated with the fourth wave of innovation on the European continent, as Startup OLÉ is the event for universities and university startups, which are the cradle of science.

This new wave of innovation helps to solve some of the problems that were left unsolved in the previous wave. To do so, deep tech startups focus on three main themes. Firstly, problem orientation, then technology, as it is the driver of innovation, and finally, how the system is built, focusing on design, construction and learning. All of this takes the digital revolution to a whole new and incredible level.

The advantage of deep tech startups is that their technology cannot be replaced as easily as other types of technology. It is not easy to replicate because specific knowledge is needed. For all these reasons, support for deep tech startups is vital for Startup OLÉ to propel Europe into this new wave, placing the event and the continent at the forefront of innovation. In this scenario, Startup OLÉ becomes a vital player, as it will be the first international startup event in Europe to focus on and support deeptech startups, that is to say, those based on verticals and technologies such as biotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics, drones, space technology, etc.

Startup OLÉ is closely connected to European universities, progress and innovation, empowering university-related startups and spinoffs, some of which are related to deep tech and the fourth wave of innovation that is currently taking place. It will also help with one of the main challenges of deep tech, funding, as it will bring together international investors and corporations from all over the world.

The 7th edition will be the most international.

After the international successes of the launch of REInA and the 3rd LATAM ROADSHOW, Startup OLÉ celebrates its 7th edition from 6th to 10th September 2021 in Salamanca, with the aim of, once again, bringing together the European and international entrepreneurial ecosystem in person and digitally, and to exceed the extraordinary figures of previous years. Let’s remember that Startup OLÉ 2019 gathered more than 20,000 attendees from 120 countries, 850 startups and 660 speakers, with an investment portfolio of more than 50 billion euros. Startup OLÉ 2020, despite having to be held in online format due to the socio-health emergency situation, achieved the participation of more than 260 startups, 304 speakers, more than 120 participating countries, 50 round tables and 320 “1-to-1” meetings.

The relevance that Startup OLÉ has achieved is confirmed, in addition to its high participation figures and institutional support, by the presence in past editions of personalities such as His Majesty Felipe VI, King of Spain, who inaugurated Startup OLÉ 2018 and who chairs again the Honorary Committee of Startup OLÉ, Mr. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Republic of Portugal, who also inaugurated the 2018 edition, and the President of the Government of Spain, Mr. Pedro Sánchez, who participated in the 2019 edition. Ms Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth of the European Commission, will participate again in the Startup OLÉ 2021 edition, after her presence in 2020.

For the 2021 edition, Ms. Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission for Democracy and Demography, Mr. Victor Negrescu, Vice-President of the Committee on Culture and Education, Mr José Carlos García de Quevedo, President of the Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO) and Mr. José Bayón, CEO of ENISA, Mr. Carlos Manuel García Carabayo, Mayor of Salamanca, and Mr. Javier Iglesias, President of the Salamanca Provincial Council, among others, have confirmed their participation.

The new edition also has the backing of major corporate and institutional partners, including private and public corporations such as ENAGÁS Emprende, Iberdrola, Acciona, Red Eléctrica (Elewit e Hispasat), BFA (Business Factory Auto), Accenture, RTVE – Impulsa Visión, Caixa Capital Risc, Capital Energy, Oracle for Startups, MONDRAGON, Renfe, Guardia Civil, Spanish Red Cross, ONCE Foundation, and Bolsas y Mercados Españoles (BME), ICO-AXIS, ENISA, CDTI (Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology), INECO, etc. Funds and investment groups such as Pegasus Tech Ventures, Axon Partners Group, Encomenda Smart Capital, Nexxus Iberia Private Equity, Swanlaab, René de Jong Inversiones SL, InnMind, Blackshiip, Polígono Capital, Redwood Ventures, Grid Exponential, Cometa, Dux Capital, Ricari, Keiretsu Forum will also participate, and venture capital associations like ASCRI, AMEXCAP, ARCAP, ACVC, ColCapital and ABVCAP. The main Latin American startup associations will also be present, such as ASEA, ASEM, Start-up Chile, ABSTARTUPS and the Spanish AES. In addition, the Argentine, Colombian, Chilean, Portuguese, Brazilian and Mexican governments, among others, will be taking part. Institutions and entities like the RTVE-USAL Chair, WA4STEAM Women Angels for STEAM, the National Institute of Intrapreneurship, ELCAMPUS360, the Entrepreneur’s MBA: 360MBA, the Spanish Association of Business Schools, AgroTech Spain, the Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M), the University of Jaén and the University of Cádiz, or business schools such as SMAT Business School and MSMK University will also participate.

From a local, regional and institutional point of view, Startup OLÉ has the broad support of the City Council, the Provincial Council and the University of Salamanca, allowing one more year that the name Startup OLÉ continues to be associated with this city synonymous of talent, history and innovation. All of these means that Startup OLÉ will be held in a central and privileged area, specifically in emblematic spaces such as the Hospedería Fonseca, the Colegio Arzobispo Fonseca, the USAL R+D+i building, the San Blas auditorium and the San Francisco park. These spaces make it possible to meet one of the priority objectives of this edition, which is to maximise the holding of activities in open-air spaces, in order to ensure the safety of the participants attending the event in person. For example, the business rounds will take place in the cloister of the Hospedería Fonseca, as well as the networking meetings, which will be held in the cloister and in the San Francisco park, next to the fairgrounds.

At the same time, it has the assistance of the media, which are essential partners for publicising the startups and amplifying the message of Startup OLÉ. Among them are RTVE, OK Diario, Business Insider, Emprende TVE, Startups Magazine, Irish Tech News, Club del Emprendimiento, MuyPymes, Byzness, PRO Network, Business Insider México,, Negocios de Carne y Hueso, Capital Radio,, Mundoemprende, La Crónica de Salamanca, Visto de Otro Lado, Wildcom, ECOmedios, El Observatorio del Trabajo, Salamanca de Cerca, etc.

The Startup OLÉ 2021 format ensures all its activities

The format proposed by Startup OLÉ 2021 allows the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem to participate in person and digitally. To this end, on 6th and 7th September it will offer an online programme with activities including matchmaking, a fair with virtual stands, round tables and pitch competition, among others. If the socio-sanitary conditions allow it, on 8th, 9th and 10th September there will be an onsite programme with the appropriate security measures and the aforementioned activities, in a face-to-face manner. As in previous editions, sessions such as the Investor/Open Innovation Forum, Accelerator Assembly, Public Administrations and Media, University Pavilion or REInA will be included, focused on providing solutions and answers to the concerns generated by an interconnected, technological and social world.

On 7th September, the online programme will feature the largest Ibero-American Forum to date, consisting of several international round tables with top-level speakers and representatives of the various venture capital associations from six countries, such as AMEXCAP -Mexican Private Equity Association-, ARCAP -Argentine Private Equity Association-, ASCRI -Spanish Association of Capital, Growth and Investment-, ACVC -Chilean Venture Capital Association-, ColCapital -Colombian Association of Investment Funds- and ABVCAP -Brazilian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association-. In the same line, a round table will be held with Ibero-American startup associations such as ASEA -Association of Entrepreneurs of Argentina-, ASEM -Mexican Association of Entrepreneurs-, Start-up ChileABSTARTUPS -Brazilian Association of Startups-, the Spanish AES -Spanish Startup Association- and Startup Portugal.

Technological tools for networking and matchmaking.

As a novelty, the event provides all participants with a comprehensive networking platform, which allows them to identify other participants based on verticals and technologies, as well as the role they play (startups, corporations, investors, etc.) and request meetings, both in person and by videoconference, which ensures a wide level of contacts and return. It also includes a section with digital stands for sponsors and startups. In addition, the organisation provides investment funds and corporations with a tool for analysing and filtering startups, based on verticals, technologies and very useful metrics, to identify and close meetings with the startups that best meet their needs and demands.

Leaders of verticals and technologies.

Startup OLÉ continues to be a leading event in verticals such as energy, sustainability, mobility, automotive, media, social/humanitarian impact or telecommunications/satellites, infrastructures and space. This edition has the confirmation of major references in the world of technology such as Hispasat, leader of the Telecommunications vertical, Impulsa Visión – RTVE at the head of the Media vertical, Acciona as leader of the Infrastructures vertical, BFA (Business Factory Auto) as leader of the Auto-Tech vertical, the European project Go2Space, coordinated by UC3M, leader of the Space vertical and the Spanish Red Cross as leader of the Social vertical. In addition, the offer in the field of rural innovation is extended with the inclusion of REInA, led by the Salamanca Provincial Council and the Guardia Civil. The REInA vertical will include, among other activities, round tables formed by local action groups, under the umbrella of the European Leader Association for Rural Development (ELARD), with the confirmed participation of its president, Ms. Marion Eckardt, as well as other relevant actors such as Repueblo, Rumbo Rural, Ruralízate, Ruralizable, Puebloo or Proyecto Arraigo. For all of the above, Startup OLÉ becomes the largest technology event for startups held in Empty Spain.

To facilitate transport and access to Salamanca, the organisers are working with Renfe as Official Transport for the event.

Startups have until 15th July to register for Startup OLÉ 2021.

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STARTUP3 Sophia Business Angels Tribune

The 30th of June has marked the end of the acceleration for STARTUP3 innovators!

Nonetheless, this does not mean an end to the project’s activities. The startups are now market-ready and well-equipped with all things meaning business. After engaging in the mentorship and workshops aimed at gaining and strengthening tech, business, funding, marketing and legal skills of STARTUP3 innovators, special attention was directed at providing opportunities to meet corporates, investors and other potential clients and fine-tune their respective pitches to perfection.

As part of these activities, in the scope of the last meeting with STARTUP3 innovators a pitching session with Sophia Business Angels (SBA) was organised. The Sophia Business Angels (SBA), based in Sophia Antipolis (one of the leading technology parks in France and Europe) are dedicated to mentoring, developing, and investing in promising startups that will deliver significant financial returns for the group and entire innovation ecosystem.

STARTUP3 innovators had the opportunity to pitch their solutions before Patrick Kedziora of SBA who is a serial entrepreneur, founder and mentor whose superpower is to “get stuff done.” After rounds of pitches, his verdict came in:

I recently had the pleasure of hearing the pitches from the five finalists in the STARTUP3 programme. I hear a lot of pitches as a board member of Sophia Business Angels, and I have to say that the five finalists that I heard pitch, were among the best pitches I've heard in Europe!

Patrick Kedziora

Board Member @ Sophia Business Angels
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This time not only their ideas were put to test but also lessons learned, and concrete progress made during the acceleration process. In particular, the innovators had to reflect on the funding and the clients they have obtained throughout the duration of the project as well as the overall progress on the story development around their products and teams.

Why was this important? It is not only the “idea validation” of a particular investor or business angel but rather the opportunity to regularly fine-tune the pitch until it is the one that hits the right nerve with the observer and potential client/investor. As matchmaking is one of the services STARTUP3 offers, it is one of the goals of the acceleration programme that pitch is directed towards the right audience while effectively communicating the true essence of the solution rather than a generic well-practised speech.

Each of the startups has a unique story and vision. We are proud to have provided the support in their disruption of the deep tech ecosystem. In the following months make sure to stay tuned for more news on their progress and new endeavours!

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COVID-X Open Call #2 – Apply Now

STARTUP3 encourages you to apply for the COVID-X Acceleration Program – looking for Data Solutions with the power to save lives from COVID–19!

The consortium of COVID-X announces the launch of Open Call #2 for a unique acceleration programme in Europe to fast-track to market 15+ European data technology solutions, addressing COVID-19 challenges and facilitating an innovative stack of AI-driven tools in order to defeat the pandemic.

COVID-X Programme, supported by the European Commission under Horizon2020 programme, funds European companies and healthcare providers to boost 30+ data-driven solutions to the markets to overcome clinical challenges in diagnosis, prognosis, and follow-up. The funding is invested in solutions with TRL 7+ and [or in the process of] CE marking, covering two profiles: single solution (EU tech SMEs / Start-Ups) validating their solutions at one of COVID-X pilot sites; or team solution (Tech provider bringing in a healthcare provider that will validate the solution).

In addition to the direct funding, the COVID-X Programme provides the top-ranked solutions access in a tailored acceleration programme organized in 3 sprints of 3 months each. These include technical coaching, business mentoring sessions as well as support in ethical issues and piloting with healthcare organizations. This 10-month programme targets to boost the quick market uptake to defeat COVID-19 with data solutions.

To attract top-notch solutions meeting the set selection criteria, the Open Call#2  has a two-stage application process: In the first stage, the applicant’s eligibility and alignment with the selection criteria are assessed. All eligible applications access the 2nd stage where the complete application form with detailed information about the solution & implementation is required.

The COVID-X Programme Open Call #1 closed on 27.1.2021 gathering 112 applications from data technology companies and healthcare providers coming from 29 different countries in Europe and beyond. 16 selected single and team solutions were selected and are now completing the 1st Sprint of the programme.

The Open Call#2 application is now open and the deadline for the first stage will be on the 22nd of July 2021. (17:00PM CEST).

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Throwback: STARTUP3 AI Innovation Challenge

Throwback on rich exchanges on Artificial Intelligence – Congratulations to Detektia!

On the 11th of May 2021, the last STARTUP3 Innovation Challenge was hosted on the SCS Plenary AI/Big Data Work Group. SMEs, Corporations, and academics experts in this field shared observed trends and challenges, and fresh news on their activities with the SCS ecosystem players in order to update the cluster’s roadmap. A nice stage for our startups to pitch their innovative solutions with cutting-edge AI use cases! 

For this occasion – welcoming European startups – this event was open to the European sphere, an opportunity to share practices with European counterpart clusters. A special thank to the French SCS team and members for having performed their keynotes in English!

The AI Innovation Challenge was opened to 5 STARTUP3-accelerated startups, and to 5 startups from SCS’ ecosystem, involving AI in their solutions. And the most innovative solution in which AI has the most impact was won by the STARTUP3 Top 5 Detektia! Followed by Haruspex (STARTUP3 Top 10) and the Polish startup MTap.


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1st place Detektia won a visibility package on the SophIA Summit worth 1 800€. This conference gathers major experts who will share last scientific advances in AI. The startup will expose on a virtual booth and have full access to the conferences.

Detektia is a Spanish startup offering a low-cost infrastructure monitoring tool based on the latest RADAR satellite technologies and Artificial Intelligence, which provides accurate data on the deformation of terrains and infrastructures at any point of the planet, without the need of in situ instrumentation.

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Candela Sancho

I really appreciate the invitation and the opportunity to participate in the AI challenge. I really enjoy pitching and learning from other startups. The organisation of the pitch session was very agile and dynamic, as well as the voting phase. It is a pride and a great opportunity for Detektia to participate in challenges like this.
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Etienne Delhaye

Sophia Club Entreprises
I really appreciated the dynamism of the Innovation Challenge, and the high level of the contestants who performed quality pitches. It was a pleasure for the SophIA Summit to support SCS and the STARTUP3 project on this event, and we are looking forward to welcoming Detektia in November!
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Roundtable discussion “Deep-tech startup acceleration: when collaboration with corporates becomes crucial”

What is the true potential of deep-tech startups and how can corporates help them grow?

Latvian IT Cluster and STARTUP3 Accelerator invite you to join an online Roundtable “Deep-tech startup acceleration: when collaboration with corporates becomes crucial” on May 20th, 10:00-11:00 CEST at the biggest Baltic startup conference TechChill.

The roundtable discusses if and how corporates should partner with startups in developing new products and what such partnership entitles. Among the participants are:

  • Vasilapostolos Ouranis, Co-founder & CSO at Magos (Greece) 
  • Candela Sancho, CEO at Detektia(Spain) 
  • Georgios Zampetas, Managing Director at RTsafeManaging Director (Greece) 
  • Dragana Vukasinovic, Founder and CEO at Fauna Smart Technologies (Denmark)
  • Jean-lucFretard, CEO at HOLA-UP (France)

The Roundtable is moderated by the Latvian IT Cluster.

The event is one of many events that happen in the TechChill and is open to TechChill pass holders only.

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Masterclass “Academic potential to build great products: Journey from Academia to Startups and then to Industry”

Latvian IT Cluster and STARTUP3 Accelerator Consortium invites to join Masterclass “Academic potential to build great products: Journey from Academia to Startups and then to Industry” on May 19th, 16:00 – 17:00 CEST at the biggest Baltic startup conference TechChill.

What does it take to transition from academia to the world of entrepreneurship to products for the biggest and oldest industry in the world, farming? Presented by the academic-turned-entrepreneur Dr. Dragana Vukasinovic, the masterclass explores how startups can use the academic potential to build quality products, needed in the industry, and what the preconditions are to make such a partnership successful in the long term.

The event is one of many events that happen in the TechChill conference that annually brings together 2000+ attendees, including the fastest-growing startups, most innovative corporations, investors active in the region, and talented tech enthusiasts.

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MediaMotorEurope Open Call #3 – Apply Now

STARTUP3 encourages you to apply for the MediaMotorEurope Open Call – looking for the brightest deep-tech innovators with solutions for the media and creative industries!

MediaMotorEurope (MME), a mentoring programme supported by Startup Europe, is looking for high-potential European deep-tech innovators who can target today’s most relevant media industry challenges. European startups and scaleups are invited to apply for MME Third Open Call on F6S until 27 May 2021 at 17h00 CEST!

MME is powered by strong media and innovation hubs, as well as key players in the tech and investment scene:  VRT, Media City Bergen, Thermi, Athens Technology Center, Cluster Sofia Knowledge City, FastTrack, and F6S.

The 6-month programme will foster the development of creative and unique deep-tech solutions targeting some of the biggest challenges and needs that the media sector faces, such as the fight against misinformation and fake news; improved accessibility and inclusion of media services for people with disabilities; more advanced human-machine interaction; better protection of personal data through new technologies; and transition towards a data-driven media 4.0 market.

What does MediaMotorEurope offer?
The intensive mentoring programme aims to bring deep-tech innovators from an MVP to a growing company together with candidate clients in the media sector and potential investors.
Selected startups and scale-ups get:

  • Dedicated coaching to support upscaling the business and soft-landing to new markets
  • Tailored support and guidance to the startups’ needs and challenges, improving skills in areas such as product-market fit, legal aspects, pitching readiness, fundraising, product development, strategic management, internationalisation, UX and Design, etc.
  • Matchmaking with media & creative corporations and public procurement support
  • Meetings and networking opportunities with investors
  • Pitching and showcasing at major media events, such as Slush, Digital Media Days and New Radio Day
  • The chance to win tickets to relevant international conferences of high impact
  • Vouchers of up to EUR 600 to support travel costs to events

The second support cycle will take place between July and December 2021. All services are offered for free thanks to Startup Europe.

For more information, please visit MediaMotorEurope on, or follow MME on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871552.

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ELISE – First Open Call

Receive funding up to 60.000!

For the best 16 SMEs and Startups that develop novel AI-based services or applications!

With the support of a scientific advisor, the European Network of AI Excellence Centres (ELISE) will select 16 SMEs and start-ups in one of the ELISE/ELLIS focus areas with the support of a Scientific Advisor.

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X-Europe – Call for SpaceTech Startups

X-Europe’s Cohort 5 will upscale 25 startups that focus on SpaceTech technologies between July and December 2021!

X-Europe has opened its fifth open call, this time in the Space Tech sector. Entering its second year, the programme opens applications to support startups and SMEs with an innovative business idea in space downstream and upstream technology. Applications are open from 3rd May to 30th June at 5 PM CEST, and the programme will run from July to December 2021.

The EU-funded programme has previously promoted cohorts in HealthTech, Agritech, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, and Smart Cities & Sustainability, helping more than 100 cutting-edge startups grow and develop their technologies. Now, X-Europe is preparing to support 25 more startups by providing top-notch training and mentoring services and guiding partnerships with investors, corporations, and ecosystem builders.

Also, the selected startups gain free access to the Design Terminal Space Conference, held in November, the possibility to participate in the Acceleration week by Design Terminal, and access to TechChill and TNW community incubators, providing opportunities to networking, digitally mingled among the global business elite and shared knowledge between companies and startups.

The open call winners will get:

  • Free entry and showcasing at Design Terminal Space Conference, November 2021

  • Matchmaking opportunities with investors

  • The possibility to build partnerships with corporations (your idea might be the right solution to their business challenges)

  • Online training sessions, including market-leading courses from Growth Tribe and other workshops

  • A dedicated coach and one-on-one mentoring sessions

  • Talent matchmaking support

  • Media exposure

  • Access to the Acceleration week by Design Terminal and TechChill’s and TNW’s community incubators in Riga and Amsterdam

The programme is designed by five key players in the startup community: F6S, TNW, Design Terminal, Growth Tribe, and TechChill and optimised for a complete digital experience without physical attendance. Also, is free of charge thanks to Startup Europe.

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