Accelerator JIC STARCUBE opens for registration
The longest running Czech accelerator has started registrations for the year 2016. This year, the eighth run, the focus is on augmented and virtual reality, big data analytics, sensors and cybersecurity. Teams from around the world have until 7th August to register and during the autumn will undergo three demanding months full of seminars, consultations with international experts and prototyping.
Applications can be completed by aspiring start-ups consisting of a team of at least two people. In addition to projects from the above-mentioned technology area, JIC STARCUBE 2016 is looking for budding entrepreneurs delivering solutions in five application areas, these being Industry 4.0, Retail 2.0, Paperless office, Smart city/home/office and Secured home/family.
“We are interested in teams which have global ambitions and want to build a sustainable business with the help of JIC and our technology partners,,” states the JIC STARCUBE manager Hana Šudáková, who heads the accelerator. The innovative leaders she has in mind are the accelerator technology partners, which last year were AVG, Y Soft, Microsoft and Konica Minolta and who are joined this year by Honeywell, which has had a long-term association with the JIC. “We are appreciative of the activities that the JIC performs, not only for start-ups, but also for the established companies in the region. We percieve the JIC as a hub for the knowledge economy and we are proud to be part of that,” says Jiří Tomíček, Vice President and General Director of the Brno division of Honeywell.
In partnership with Honeywell, the JIC has equipped a workplace dedicated to the Internet of Things. This is a prototyping laboratory, where teams will be able to use Arduino development kits, Raspberry PI, 3D printers and possibly a hexacopter and Arduino robot. The laboratory is located in the same building as the JIC STARCUBE Space, which for three months will be home to the accelerator teams.
The five technology partners are key to the themes of this year’s accelerator. Their internal experts are ready to help teams with the development of both technology and business sides facets and to connect them to their respective global business and marketing networks. They are ready to provide teams with the technology know how. Microsoft is a long-term partner of the accelerator, Honeywell and Konica Minolta have their R&D centres in Brno, the companies AVG and Y Soft have succeeded in launching their globally successful businesses from Brno. In their footsteps could follow up to ten teams which will be selected according to their quality by representatives of the JIC and its partners at the beginning of September.
Further information on the accelerator and can be found on its website.
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JIC STARCUBE accelerator www.jic.cz/en/starcube
JIC STARCUBE is the longest running Czech accelerator. Since 2010 more than 72 start-ups have entered it. Teams experience three months loaded with knowledge, workshops, meetings with mentors and connecting to global technology companies. They gain benefits and financial support for testing and prototyping, legal and tax services, marketing, travel reimbursement and accommodation. Successful companies which have gone through the accelerator include, for example, GINA, Reservio and currently one of the fastest growing start-ups Kiwi (formerly Skypicker).
JIC (South Moravian Innovation Centre) www.jic.cz
JIC (South Moravian Innovation Centre) supports people in creating and developing companies which change the world. Every year its services are used by more than one hundred companies, from aspiring entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to rapidly growing start-ups and established technology firms. Start-up companies which have gone through JIC programmes have created more than 1,400 new jobs and hundreds more in follow-on services. Over the 13 years of its existence, the JIC has initiated almost 360 instances of cooperation between researchers and companies. Through these and other activities the JIC helps to improve the competitiveness of South Moravia, making it one of the most innovative regions in Europe.