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JIC STARCUBE 2016 schedule
Does JIC STARCUBE have any specific focus?
This time we’re specializing in the areas of hardware, Internet of Things and cyber security (abbreviated to HW, IoT and ICT Security).
How often is JIC STARCUBE held?
We open the programme roughly every nine months. You can always directly apply to join on our website, or let us know that you’re interested. We‘ll get in touch straight away when we reopen the next round of registration.
Who can apply to join JIC STARCUBE?
Teams or start-ups with a minimum of 2 members can apply to join the programme. You should be working on a product or service in the area of HW/IoT/ICT Security. You don’t need to have a finished prototype, but you should already have done some market research and have some idea what the market looks like. Maybe you’ve even already set up a company – the essential criteria, though, is that you’re still looking for your first paying customer.
How can I apply?
The first step is to register on the website www.f6s.com. Here – from 1.9.2017 – you can fill out your application form whenever you want. Just don’t forget that you must complete the form by 31.10.2017 at the latest.
How do I know if I’ve been accepted onto the programme?
You’ll find out whether your project’s been selected for the JIC STARCUBE Jam short-list at the latest by 21.11.2017. If you then progress to become a JIC STARCUBE finalist, we’ll let you know by 5.12.2017.
How does the selection process work?
We pick about 30 teams from the list of applicants who will make up our short-list, and we invite them to our one-day JIC STARCUBE Jam. Teams from abroad get the chance to participate in this part of the selection process on-line. Here, you get to present your project to us and our partners and we’ll then choose approximately 10 final participants for JIC STARCUBE.
How many teams do you usually accept and what are the selection criteria?
We pick about 10 teams for each JIC STARCUBE. For each project we assess its commercial and technological potential, the quality of the team and its level of ambition.
How does the accelerator work?
You can check out the precise timetable in the section "How will it work?"
Do I have to personally participate in the whole programme?
There must be at least 2 key team members who participate in person on the JIC STARCUBE programme. These should be present the majority of the time on JIC premises. We know from experience that only those start-ups who are with us all the time get the most out of the process. You just never know which interesting mentor, entrepreneur or investor is going to turn up at JIC – and if you’re not around, there may not be any second chance to chat with them about your project.
You can take part in the introductory JIC STARCUBE Jam through Skype. During the programme itself, trips outside Brno can be taken from time to time, and of course the weekends belong to you.
Why should I apply to JIC STARCUBE in particular?
JIC itself has been supporting start-ups since 2003, and the JIC STARCUBE accelerator is the oldest in central Europe. The programme ran for the first time back in 2010, and since then over 75 different projects have been through it. Among these are e.g. Kiwi.com, GINA, Reservio, Gradient Labs and Loyagram.
In a very short time, together with our seasoned partners, we will help you refine a prototype product or service, or find out how best to apply your technology. You will have the opportunity to access unique prototyping facilities; make good use of the benefits proffered by supporters, and get advice from veteran experts in their field. We will fine-tune your business plan, your sales and marketing strategies. We will help you establish your company, set up the corporate processes and help with planning the development of the business in the months ahead. We will be at your side when you enter the market – whether that market is local or international. At the same time, we incorporate you within a network of mentors, experts, investors and potential business partners. You will also benefit from the media visibility we provide.
Besides the accelerator itself, we can also offer additional follow-up programmes and long-term support – an offer taken up each year by dozens of successful companies. These firms then become a stable component of our ecosystem.
What facilities are you offering?
You’ll have available the fully equipped co-working JIC STARCUBE Space, lounge and seating areas, a kitchen (in which you‘ll find the indispensable coffee machine) and showers. Besides these standard facilities, you may also be interested in the fully-equipped prototyping lab, the so-called FabLab (www.fablabbrno.cz), which has everything you need for creating your IoT and HW prototypes or unique marketing materials.
How does collaboration with technology partners work?
Start-ups at JIC STARCUBE are linked to their relevant technology partners according to their field of focus. Programme partners offer a wide range of assistance as part of the accelerator – from sharing know-how regarding customer care and using distribution networks, through to accessing the technology required for developing your product. Any collaboration with partners beyond the JIC STARCUBE framework is entirely up to you.
The programme also allows you to get inspired by and share experiences with many successful graduates of the programme, e.g. companies such as GINA, Kiwi.com, Reservio and many others.
What other benefits will participating on the programme bring me?
JIC STARCUBE participants get access to the programme Microsoft BizSpark+ (up to 120 thousand USD in Azure credits and SW free of charge), Amazon Web Services as well as IBM services for developers. Many of our alumni and partners – e.g. Survio, SmartSupp and Smartlook, Unbounce, ChartMogul and others – will also be offering their services to teams free of charge.
Why is JIC STARCUBE entirely in English?
Because it’s open to teams and start-ups from all over the world. In addition, we certainly expect to see you have global ambitions!
What does it cost to take part?
Will I get any kind of financial support?
Each team will have the option to draw funds amounting to CZK 100,000. Should you want to take up the offer of financial support, you’ll then have to give a further 3% share of your existing or future company.
I’m from abroad. Will you help me get a visa? Do I get accommodation provided?
Teams from outside Europe must sort out their own visas, though of course we’ll provide them with the necessary documentation (letters of invitation etc.). We do not provide accommodation, although we’re happy to help you look for something suitable.
Conditions of participation
Who can apply?
JIC STARCUBE 2016 will accept projects in 4 technological and 5 application areas: Big Data Analytics, Sensors, Augmented/Virtual Reality, ICT Security / Industry 4.0, Retail 2.0, Paperless Office, Smart City/Home/Office, Secure Family/Home.
Any team or startup working on a product or service in these areas can sign up for this programme, but it has to consist of at least two people. You can apply even if you have „only“ developed a unique technology and don´t know how to deploy it. If you already found a company you cannot be older than three years.
The programme will be held in English.
I am a foreigner. Do I have to be there in person for the whole programme?
Two members of your team should be present, ideally your CEO and one other team member. The presence of both team members during the whole programme is not obligatory. You can participate on the JIC STARCUBE Jam via Skype.
How much does it cost to be a part of your programme?
How can I apply?
The first step is to register on the website www.f6s.com. You can fill out your application and always return to it, but remember that it must complete by the 7th of August 2016. After that we select up to 30 teams, which we invite for a JIC STARCUBE Jam. There you will present your project and we pick a maximum of 10 participants for JIC STARCUBE.
Why is JIC STARCUBE unique?
JIC STARCUBE is unique in many ways:
- By entering the program, startups have the opportunity to reach a wide range of benefits worth up to 240 000 USD directly from partners of JIC. Among other things, there is Microsoft BizSpark Plus program with credits worth 120 000 USD for cloud services, exclusively for participants of JIC STARCUBE. Overview of benefits can be found here.
- We are the first startup accelerator in CEE. We have already supported 72 startups in the program. One of our alumni is the fastest growing startup in Europe – Kiwi.com (exSkypicker).
- JIC is one of the leading european centres dedicated to support innovative entrepreneurs. We can offer you help even after the program ends. We have years of experience of supporting startups.
- You can use the services of number of internal experts (on marketing, IPR, grants, investment etc.)
- JIC has network of 600+ companies, our former or present clients – from SMEs to global players.
- The office space that you will use during the program is located in one of our premises, other tenants of this building are companies like Flextronics, GINA, SEWIO or OrganizeTube. You will be able to meet them and many others in the lobby, in our café or during some of the networking events that we organize regularly.
What will the programme give me?
In only three months we will help you together with the technological partners to finalize a product or service prototype, or to find the right application of your technologoy. You will have the opportunity to access unique prototyping devices and the benefits provided by our supporters and help of experienced experts. At JIC STARCUBE you will also finalize your business plan as well as business and marketing strategy. We will focus on starting a company, setting up its processes and planning your development for the subsequent months. We will be at your side as you enter the market – not only locally, but also internationally. We will also connect you with a wide network of experts, mentors, investors and potential business partners.
Why is the whole JIC STARCUBE programme held in English?
This programme is designed for teams and startups from all over the world and Czech participants are expected to have international ambitions.
What financial help comes with the JIC STARCUBE programme?
We offer 2 packages of financial help to JIC STARCUBE participants:
Package I: we will provide up to CZK 50,000 to each team for product development, prototyping and testing. You can also use this money for services related to company development. These can also include legal and tax counselling or graphic and copywriting services. Two members of your team can also get CZK 3,000 each month to help cover their basic living costs.
Package II: if you are not from Brno, we can cover the travel costs for two of your team members up to € 350 (for foreign team members) or CZK 1000 (for Czech team members). In addition to that, we also pay accommodation costs for two team members up to CZK 3000 per month per person.
Adding it all up, this means we can offer teams from outside Brno up to € 3600. The financial help is possible thanks to the support of the City of Brno.
What other benefits do I get from participating in JIC STARCUBE?
The participants of JIC STARCUBE can use number of services from our supporters and partners. For example you can become a part of BizSpark Plus program and get a support of up to 120 000 USD. You will find all the services and benefits here.