Enabling Players

They include Venture Capitalists that provide risk funding to data start-ups; incubators that support their growth; research institutes that enable innovation; training organisations that provide the right skills; and public regulators such as the European Commission that can have a big influence on the development of the sector through for instance its data protection directives.

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Amsterdam-based accelerator, launched in 2012, is an intensive 20-week program that offers office space, mentoring and coaching, investment, and access to a broad network of international mentors, experienced entrepreneurs, and investors. The important part of the program is workshops on Lean Startup, Fundraising, PR & Marketing, Growth Strategy, Sales, Legal and Finance, and more. The accelerator offers monthly programs in Silicon Valley where startups get to expand their knowledge, network and get experience from the US tech scene.

LuissEnLabs is a startup accelerator based in Rome and operated by LVenture Group, a publicly listed venture capital company. They support early-stage disruptive startups through their 5-month acceleration program twice a year. The program provides support and mentoring from 50+ international executives, two weeks sprints, demo days, business checks and nine startup management seminars, along with funding and networking. Investment: micro-seed funding (€30K cash + €30K facilities) in return for 10% equity

SeedLab offers an acceleration program for high-tech companies in Italy. The programs are created to help entrepreneurs acquire new and innovative tools of business, build strong and collaborative teams and further develop the business idea. The startups learn how to develop their business through one-to-one mentorship sessions, prototyping, online educational programs, one-week on-site boot-camp, monthly workshops; one-week on-site boot camp to prepare for the Demo Day, and more.

Founded in 2005, H-farm is a Venture Incubator focused on accelerating the development of Internet startups via a combination of seed investment and incubation services. As a VC, H-Farm invests seed capital for the early stage startups, as an incubator, it provides an inspiring workplace, human resources, press office, legal and financial consultancy and more. The Venture Incubator has offices in Ca’ Tron (Italy), Seattle (USA), London (UK) and Mumbai (India).

Startup Reykjavik was founded in 2012 as a mentorship-driven seed stage investment program. Once a year, selected startups go through a 10-month program where they get free office space, infrastructure, mentoring, support and a chance to pitch to angel investors and venture capitalists at the end of the program during the Investor and Demo Day. Startup Reykjavik is a member of the GAN, an invite-only community of the world’s most respected organizations.

iCatapult, a global business development accelerator for CEE tech companies, was founded in 2012. As a business development company, they focus on taking Central European technologies to global markets. The program has two stages: stage one – global startup training program, and stage two – soft landing. The startups receive one-to-one mentoring from many international industry experts before they move to Silicon Valley for three months. Investment: the programs funds for up to €200K for equity positions in each accelerated company up to 19%.

The ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator is a 3-month program that runs twice a year. The accelerator supports (up to seven) startups across all industries, IoT, smart home, health, entertainment, fin-tech, e-commerce, and B2C and B2B businesses. They offer mentoring and coaching, infrastructure, and great networking opportunities through the extensive network of one of the largest media corporations in Europe, ProSiebenSat.1 Group. The accelerator runs LaunchpAD, a unique program for advertising and data analytics start-ups.

Deutsche Telekom’s start-up accelerator Hub:raum supports early stage startups in mentoring, seed financing, co-working, and infrastructure. The incubator program is available in Krakow and Berlin. Young entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas ranging from mobile payment, e-commerce, IoT, big data to security, cloud solutions, health, video content and more, are welcomed to join the accelerator. FIT 4 Europe, available in Tel Aviv, is a program specifically created to expand business in Europe.

Supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, private sponsors, partners, and donors, the accelerator offers an intensive three-month program for German startups, supporting ideas from ICT related sectors. The accelerator is located in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and New York City.

The accelerator offers a three-month program, supporting startups with office space, mentoring and coaching, infrastructure, a workspace, and networking. The program runs three times a year, and the winning startups have a chance to travel to Silicon Valley and further grow their business. Investment: The accelerator provides a seed funding of 25,000 Euro against a shareholding in the company of 5% (the investment would be cash against equity, resulting in a valuation of 500,000 Euro). Read more about it in the Terms section.