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International startup accelerator JIC STARCUBE
Hardware | Internet of Things | ICT Security
This is how long you are going to get intense stream of knowledge, experience and develop your ideas.
+ 80 experts
We will introduce you to mentors, professionals and investors which one you simply won’t meet every day.
Cover your cost of living, so you can fully focus on your project!
HOW DID THE Kiwi.com START?
WHY SHOULD YOU WANT TO GET IN?
WORK ON YOUR BUSINESS STRATEGY
Are you not sure about your business strategy or how to enter the market? In JIC we are offering you more than 14 years of experiences!
GET PRICELESS ADVICE
We have more than 80 mentors! Get a priceless advice from our copywriter or a lawyer.
OPEN YOUR DOOR TO FINANCES
We will connect you with angel investors and get you the venture capital financing. We will help you with public funding and grants.
CONNECT WITH STRATEGIC PARTNERS
Thanks to technological equipment, various partners and many advantages, you can develop your product faster.
GET FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Focus fully on your project! Our support will help you with life expenses and development of your project.
GET FREE OFFICE
Our coworking centre is available 24/7! Take a look on our work place, conference room or relax zone. Have a look.
Director of Australian incubator KILN, Consultant
- business consulting, mentoring & coaching
- ICT, digital strategy
- clusters, global value chains and networks
- national and regional systems of innovation
- co-founder and co-owner of the international consulting company Berman Group
- cluster manager at SODA Inc.
- co-founder of OcularQ (New Zealand)
- founder of "48h Business Competition"
Business Development Manager, Software One
- business strategy
- key account management
- business development
- sale to big enterprise customers and public sector
- launching new business programs
- sales basics training
Founder and CEO of Kiwi.com
- crisis management
- strategic planing
- general e-commerce
- building the startup from first idea to global company with 170 employees
Head of Engineering, Cisco
- cognitive threat analytics
- strategic management and planning of R&D in technological companies
- business intelligence
- big data, data analysis
- "software as a service" (SaaS) operations executive with R&D background
- more than 3 years of general management practice as a country managing director with focus on innovation and operational excellence
- worked as vicepresident for R&D and Operations at GoodData
Owner of Fayn Telco & Investor/Co-founder of Kiwi.com
- product management
- business strategy
- 11 years as CEO of ComputerPress
- member of Advisory borad at NetDirect
- investor/co-founder of Kiwi.com
- 12 years as a owner of Fayn Telecommunications
Engineering Consultant & Coach
- Agile SW development, product management, architecture, testing & Continuous Delivery
- Team development, motivation and performance
- Delivery of the right things, building them fast and right
- Transformation to Agile in AVG Technologies
- Leading SW teams from small up to 300 people
- Coaching and leading change projects in startups
Financial Manager, Y Soft Ventures
- Financial Management
- Venture Capital
- Strategic Planning
- Startup Consulting
- Supported dozens of startups as a member of JIC consulting team and JIC MASTER programme manager
- Contributed to preparations and launching of JIC VENTURES and closed its first 3 investments in clients of JIC
- Masaryk University Faculty of Economics and Administration & University of Huddersfield Business School alumnus
Senior TeamLeader - Product Innovations & Integrations, Avast Software s.r.o.
- IT Security
- Internet of Things
- Agile development
- Software development in the fields of IT Security, telecommunication, automation and automotive
- Data and value driven development
Chief Sales Officer, Y Soft Corporation
- international B2B sales strategy
- corporate partnerships
- 8 years of experience building an international sales team in fast growing company
- transfer of practices and processes from corporate headquarters to a small local branches
Founder, CEO at Y Soft Corporation, a.s.
- corporate governance
- strategic management
- scaling up
- more than 14 years as a CEO of Y Soft
- experience with building globally successful corporation from startup
Partner in Evolution Equity Partners and investor in Codasip
- investment and startup financing
- product management
- IT security
- strategic partnership
- worked in AVG as development manager and technical and science director
- general partner for Evolution Equity Partners
- venture partner for Credo Ventures
- chairman of the board/Investor for Lamantine
- board member/investor for Codasip
CEO, Kentico Software
- International expansion of hi-tech companies
- strategic consulting
- ICT, content management
- web development, web publication, .NET
- founder and CEO of Kentico Software
- previously product manager and developer in IT Moravia
owner of educating company Expertis
- leadership and management skills, personal development
- cooperation, communication, relationships - team development
- corporate culture, management system and employee motivation
- 20 years in management of small company
- development adn education programmes for companies
- consulting and coaching of leaders and owners of companies
- marketing strategy
- serial entrepreneurship
- banking and internet retail
- more than 3 years in charge of startup accelerator StartupYard
- organizer of TEDx Prague
- founder of TEDx Liberec
- advisory board member at PNB
Managing Partner at Y Soft Ventrures SE
- startup financing
- business strategy and growth
- supported startups as JIC's chief consultant
- gained experience as a banker in the USA
BECOME ONE OF STARS!Story of JIC STARCUBE Show 2016 winner Fosh >>
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“When they accepted us, the only thing we had was an idea we wanted to test. Now, after three months, we’ve emerged with a clear business plan and a road map for the year ahead. This win has given us a fantastic boost, even more so because we were picked not only by the jury, but backed by the media and the audience, too. It also places us under an obligation to continue the project and show some results as soon as possible”
Martin Horák | project author
Fosh is a virtual friend that will be ready 24/7 to help skaters master tricks and connect with people all over the globe using the various challenges . You can imagine fosh as a combination of the legendary game Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Runtastic and PokemonGO.
"For me, the JIC is the centrepiece of the South Moravian start-up community – at the JIC STARCUBE accelerator we met interesting people with whom we still cooperate and are friendly. If you want to start a business, the JIC is the right place to start."
Oliver Dlouhý | CEO Kiwi.com
Kiwi.com is an Internet search system for cheap flight tickets in Europe. Beyond regular search parameters, it allows you to find flights with transfers and to combine various airlines. Its clients are mainly students and backpackers looking for the cheapest way to travel.
"Our main motivation for joining the JIC StarCube was to understand better the market for software products in Europe, and see how our main product, Feem, fits in. Within 3 months, almost all aspects of our business changed for the better. JIC, via StarCube, provided us the necessary boost our team needed to become a global player in the software industry. We plan to make good use of this opportunity."
Fritz Ekwoge | Feem Wi-fi
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.
"Cooperation with the JIC is invaluable for us. At an early stage, the JIC helped us with defining a business plan and provided a creative background. With its assistance, we also joined the European ACE project, which brought us international contacts to potential customers and mentors. We can recommend the JIC to all companies looking for a friendly environment, a professional set up and support."
Zbyněk Poulíček | Founder and CEO GINA Software
GINA Software is a system for the tactical coordination of people in the field and at the same time mobile hardware used in emergency operations. It has saved lives after the earthquake in Haiti and the tsunami in Japan and is regularly used by the integrated emergency system of South Moravia region.
"JIC STARCUBE helped us accelerate our company and gain new business contacts. The programme practically replaced the School of Economics study. JIC team - thank you for everything, you were great. I hope we still can get some help from JIC in the future."
Radek Sysel | Easycon
Easycon has prototype of affordable and user-friendly interface for each wireless device in smart home.
"JIC STARCUBE means for me new opportunities, new knowledge, new experience. We have now much better understanding of how to run our business and succeed on the market."
Filip Čonka | Grizly Security
Grizly Security can secure an existing web information systems through a two-step verification.
"The programme brought us new opportunities for entering the Czech market. We also appreciate quantity of new contacts as well as the possibility of consulting with experienced mentors from all over the world. One of the mentors has even become our partner as a result."
Igor Shapataiev | Tap4Parking
Polish application using smart cameras, through which are drivers navigated to reserved parking space.
"JIC Starcube provided me with a well-equipped space to work as well as with the opportunity to meet great mentors. These experts helped me to better define my niche market and choose a profitable and sustainable business model to market our technology."
Abdullah Lababidi | Co-founder Braci
Braci is the designation of the start-up and useful application for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. It captures the sounds of the surrounding environment and informs the user about them by, for example, a message on the screen of a smart phone. The application enables the smart device to become a reliable ear.
"The JIC STARCUBE allows start-ups to enter into the market in a very short time. I would recommend the accelerator to every start-up which is seriously thinking about entering the market and wants to learn from experienced professionals. The progress which we made in the JIC STARCUBE would have taken many more months without the accelerator."
Aanan Khurma | CEO Observe Design
Observe Design is the start-up developing the product Hansure. It is a simple device to ensure that health professionals do not forget to disinfect their hands and apply disinfection whenever necessary. The solution can help reduce the number of deaths caused by HAI (Hospital-acquired infections).
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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 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 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.