Czech startup accelerator JIC STARCUBE has just started
Ten teams with an innovative idea related to IoT or ICT security will fine-tune their business in Brno. The oldest Czech-based startup accelerator JIC STARCUBE has just begun with a bootcamp. Teams have three months to get IoT and ICT security smarter with the help of workshops, seminars and consultation with mentors. Results of hard work done will be presented on JIC STARCUBE Show in December.
The 7th run of accelerator focuses on IoT and ICT security as the main field for the first time. The position of the second largest city of the Czech Republic is strategic in this respect - 40% of global antivirus market is controlled by companies based in Brno or places that can be reached within two hours from Brno. JIC STARCUBE has already accelerated IoT projects as GINA Software, BRACI and Observe Design. Who will be the next?
Australian team Clixx.IO is working on a new generation of hardware and software development environment for IoT, which allows combining individual computer components like Lego. Feem WiFi, a project from Cameroon, can quickly and securely transfer files between different devices and offers an alternative to the cloud, Bluetooth and other well-known platforms. Estonian startup Dronee offers easily programmable drones through an open-source software. Another Estonian team, ESEC Solution – Secure Design, can protect websites that cannot afford administrator guarding their safety on a daily basis. Tap4Parking application developed by an Ukrainian team uses smart cameras to navigate drivers to reserved parking space.
Czech teams are represented by Pillmo, an application which helps users organize health issues - it times the proper dosage of drugs, keeps an eye on their mutual contraindications and reminds people of preventive examination. EASYCON has a prototype of affordable and user-friendly interface for each wireless device in smart homes. Brno team FlowUp creates a platform for easy communication between town hall and citizens. Security Feed aggregates sources of information about internet threats to protect systems against malware and phishing effectively and offers open and cost-effective solutions in comparison with existing black boxes. Grizly Security can secure existing website information systems through a two-step verification.
The actual JIC STARCUBE run received 88 applications from 32 countries (covering all continents except Antarctica). The most non-Czech applications came from India where the first application was from. The furthermost team that applied came from Australia. The youngest applicant is 19 and the oldest one is 57.
The main partner of JIC STARCUBE 2015 is the leading global print technologies provider Y Soft, followed by Microsoft, Konica Minolta, Flextronics, IBM, AVG and Lewis PR. Find more about the accelerator here.
JIC STARCUBE www.starcube.cz
JIC STARCUBE is the longest-running Czech accelerator. In 5 years it has supported 62 projects, which have received almost 5 million dollars in investment from the private sector. Recently ranked among the TOP 20 most active accelerators in Europe by Fundacity, JIC STARCUBE has plenty of successful alumni to prove its ranking. One of them is Skypicker, an Internet search system for cheap flight tickets in Europe, was featured in Businessinsider just a couple of days ago. An intensive program offers 3 months full of seminars, workshops and consultations with mentors. There are more than 80 experienced consultants to choose from.
JIC (South Moravian Innovation Centre) www.jic.cz
The mission of the JIC is to empower people in creating and growing companies that change the world. That‘s why the JIC aims its activities at tech businesses at all stages – from the initial idea up to being a fully developed businesses. We help startups to grow and we support local developed companies to identify and exploit growth opportunities. The JIC supports companies in creating innovative processes, in establishing cooperation between research teams and in getting the most from modern technology. The JIC is a holder of the prestigious BIC accreditation, which is granted by the European Business & Innovation Centre Network (EBN) on behalf of the European Commission.