Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March fundraising - acceleration programs and competitions

Spring is here! So are new accelerators and competitionsDon't miss the opportunity to apply to the ones that suits you best! Check out the awesome list we've prepared for you in March!

Startup Reykjavik

StartupReykjavik is a mentorship-driven seed stage investment program. We run a 10 week long program in Reykjavik, Iceland once each year. We’re very selective on the ideas we get into our program. Selected companies or ideas get $18,500 in seed funding from Arion Bank. Please see our term sheet on StartupReykjavik founders also get great Benefits / Perks such as free hosting and services, a nice place to work, ten weeks of intensive top-notch mentorship, and the chance to pitch to angel investors and venture capitalists at the end of the program. There is immeasurable value in the mentorship-driven connections and advice that you’ll receive when you start your company with StartupReykjavik. The opportunity to pitch to angel investors and venture capitalists at the end of the program is provided during our Investor and Demo Day. For any other questions, see our FAQ or contact us with general inquiries.

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Closing date: 31st March, 2017
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Fast Track Malmö Accelerator

Fast Track Malmo is a startup accelerator that helps amazing startups launch their product, meet great mentors, get investment and enter the international market.

Apart from a convertible note of 30,000 USD the startups will receive access to world-class mentors, sponsorship package with services from international companies and help in reaching the global market.

The best startups in the group will also get a $20,000 USD add on investment and possible grants of even more.

Location: Malmö, Sweden
Closing date: 31st July, 2017
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Startupbootcamp is the number 1 accelerator in Europe. Startupbootcamp will innovate the Smart City & Living ecosystem by providing the most promising startups in the “Smart City & Living space” (see our focus areas below). This means that we’ll realize together with the selected startups in 3 months what normally would take you 18 months. Sounds impossible? Take a look at what our 200 startup alumni have to say about us:

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Closing date: 5th March, 2017
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Politecnico di Milano

Would you like to start your innovative company using the design approach as competitive advantage? Would you change the world creating innovative sustainable products and services that meet the new needs of people boosting new experience of use and interaction? Enroll in the Italian Summer Academy to understand how the design approach can support and drive the early stage of a start-up company.
You will study theories and practices of design thinking you will match with trends in ICT sector and knowledge in entrepreneurship. You will learn how to approach the business model generation using design thinking and design management tools.

Location: Ostuni, Italy
Closing date: 16th June, 2017
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Female High Fliers Programme 2017

Female High Fliers is an Accelerator Programme for Ireland's best early stage (1 to 5 years) start-ups, specifically addressing the challenges facing female entrepreneurs. 

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Closing date: 21st March, 2017
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HKU - University of the arts

How to become a start-up in the creative (tech) industry.Creatives, techies and entrepreneurs unite! 

In this intensive course - called “How to become a start-up in the creative (tech) industry” - you will join forces to form international student start-up teams and work on your own or a team member’s innovative idea. At HKU University of the Arts, you study theories and practices from Creativity, Technology and Entrepreneurship, demonstrating the value of creative process, design thinking, business modeling, innovation, customer validation and team cooperation.

Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Closing date: 16th June, 2017
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METRO Accelerator - RETAIL by Techstars

The METRO Accelerator for Retail powered by Techstars connects entrepreneurs with METRO, a global market leader in wholesale and food, and Techstars' global ecosystem. The program will run from June to September 2017. 

Location: Berlin, Germany
Closing date: 12v March, 2017
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Sabanci University SUCOOL

SUCOOL is, Sabanci University's acceleration center that supports early stage technology-R&D-innovation based startups in Istanbul, Turkey. Sabanci University is Turkey's the Most Entrepreneurial and Innovative University. SUCOOL supports its startups with training, mentoring, business development, office space, legal services, introductions to customers and investors, introductions to international ecosystems like Silicon Valley, London, since 2013.

Location: İstanbul, Turkey
Closing date: 31st May, 2017
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blackprint PropTech Booster

blackprint PropTech Booster is the premier hub for PropTech Innovation in Germany. It is a network driven accelerator for startups that aim at transforming the conventional approach to the real estate industry by embracing digital technology and with a scalable business model. We host batches of up to five teams over six months at our offices in Frankfurt am Main.

Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Closing date: 30th June, 2017
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Activate Capital Spring/Summer 2017

Over the year we seek out entrepreneurs with outstanding digital ideas — then use our business and technology expertise to guide them to further investment and lasting success.

After the programme, the best startups will be rewarded with a seed investment of up to £100K in match funding, used to build and optimise an MVP. We’ve spent many years working with many types of startup. So you’ll benefit from real industry experience, learned the hard way.

Location: London, UK
Closing date: 24th March, 2017