Startup Bootcamp - HighTechXL - “Europe’s business accelerator for high-tech hardware start-ups.”
Startupbootcamp runs accelerator programs throughout the year in different cities across Europe, and with a different focus in each. Some of the programs are open to all type of applications, whereas some vertical programs focuses on specific fields, such as Digital Health in Dublin/London, Mobile in Copenhagen. Startupbootcamp HighTechXL brings together companies such as EY, Philips, NXP, and the High Tech Campus, and accelerate high tech hardware companies in the following disruptive technologies: The Internet of Things, Advanced Materials, Advanced Robotics, Autonomous and Near-Autonomous Vehicles, Energy Storage, 3D Printing, Renewable Energy and Lifetech-Medtech.
It offers extensive mentoring of 150+ entrepreneurs, investors and partners, access to prime markets in Europe, China and India, €15,000 in cash per team, work space at no charge, access to the Startupbootcamp Global Alumni Network and growth programme. In 2015, 10 startups team have been selected. Read more here.
EYNovation consists of various programme components that support start-ups and fast-growing companies in their growth on their journey towards market leadership and allow them access to EY’s network.
Widely used business models changed completely at the beginning of the 21st century. To be able to make the right decisions, it is now more than ever essential that entrepreneurs can quickly access relevant knowledge. This is crucial particularly in the start-up phase of a business when those who lose momentum may suddenly find themselves out of business. EYnovation™ helps these entrepreneurs to ensure they do not lose momentum. Read more here.
ChallnegeUP! Is the first joint IoT acceleration program by Intel, T Mobile and Cisco. The biggest value for participating startups is the support to accelerate the go-to-market preparation and commercialization of the projects. Access to expert networks all around the world offers startups the technology and business know-how need to succeed.
The startups that are best at executing their solution while in the program are eligible for potential co-investment from Cisco, Intel and Deutsche Telekom also from leading corporate venture funds. The program is free to start-ups, no equity is required for participation, and startups keep their Intellectual Property. Each corporation brings significant value to the program. Cisco contributes IoT and Big Data/analytics expertise as well as networking, platform and product know-how. Intel provides smart connected solutions for the IoT from devices to data centers including software and hardware architecture and engineering, data analytics and security. Deutsche Telekom brings connectivity, business integration and sales know-how. This unique combination gives access to one of the best global mentoring networks offering industry know-how and advice in all stages of the IoT value chain. So far there are 1500 registered start-upers, 12 teams through to acceleration stage and 100+ Intel, Cisco & T-Mobile mentors / volunteers. Read more here.
Sustaining success once a business is up and running can be the most exciting and yet most challenging time. Once established, young firms need to think about how to monetise, diversify and scale. Programs like BizSpark arm growing start-ups with free software, developer tools, support and Cloud Services to grow their business – useful resources designed to give a helping hand to promising entrepreneurs.
EXIST is a support programme of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The idea of the programme is to improve the entrepreneurial environment at universities and research institutes. It also aims to increase the number and success of technology and knowledge based business start-ups.
Exist is a German public initiative, launched in 1998 and supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (now Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy - BMWi). It helps universities formulate and implement a comprehensive and strategy for increasing entrepreneurial culture and spirit, across all the aspects of the university: faculties, campus, the university administration.
Among the initiatives: the EXIST Entrepreneurs University Awards and the competition EXIST Culture of Entrepreneurship promote a “culture of entrepreneurship”, aimed at turning scientific knowledge into commercial output, and promoting the potential of business ideas and entrepreneurial personalities at universities and research institutions.
The EXIST program has completed several stages since its successful start. From 1998 to 2012, it has supported a total of 72 projects at universities with approximately 104 Million euro in four phases. The focus was, among others, on developing contact points for those interested in a start-up, educating and training potential entrepreneurs, networking with those with entrepreneurial interests in the region and anchoring the topic "Start-up Programme" in the curriculum of the technical and natural science faculties. Read more here: http://www.exist.de/EN/programme/About-EXIST/content.html
Startup@Campus (Belgium) allows students to gain credits during their Bachelor programme while starting up their own company. Together with a coach entrepreneur, the students undergo several phases like “Tackle your idea”, a pitching session and an “Awesome Presentation”. Students with successful projects can use their business as a case for other courses (marketing, finance, …) and replace some classes. Start-up@Campus gives students a better understanding of their entrepreneurial aptitude and helps to make the right career choice.