Applications have opened for the 2016 edition of JIC STARCUBE, a three-month international accelerator for startups with innovative technology ideas.
Launched in 2010, more than 72 startups from across the world have participated with a total investment of CZK125 million (US$5,106,000.00 at present forex rate).
This year, the accelerator is focused on augmented and virtual reality, big data analytics, sensors and cybersecurity.
Selected entrepreneurs will undergo a three demanding months full of seminars, consultations with international experts and prototyping.
These entrepreneurs will gain benefits and financial support for testing and prototyping, legal and tax services, marketing, travel reimbursement and accommodation.
The accelerator will end with a Demo Day where the participating entrepreneurs will pitch their startups for a chance to emerge winners and receive the cool prizes on offer.
Entrepreneurs across the world delivering solutions in these five application areas – Industry 4.0, Retail 2.0, Paperless office, Smart city/home/office and Secured home/family – can apply for the accelerator by August 7, 2016.
Aside the cash rewards and the benefits of the program in general, the selected entrepreneurs will get to taste great (and cheap) wine in South Moravia – this is where the accelerator will hold.
The accelerator is supported by technology partners such as soon-to-be-acquired AVG, Y Soft, Microsoft, Konica Minolta and Honeywell, which partnered the organizer to launch a prototyping laboratory complete with modern tools .
The 2015 edition of the accelerator was won by Cameroonian entrepreneur, Fritz Ekwoge Ekwoge who developed Feem, an alternative for Bluetooth that can quickly and securely transfer files between different devices. It’s faster than Bluetooth and it doesn’t need the Internet!
The Accelerator is the brainchild of JIC, a company that promotes innovative businesses in South Moravia, Brno, Czech’s second largest city.