Tech Boost Program - A new startup journey at ICK

We are starting 2020 with a brand-new program for startups!

The process of transforming an idea into a functional business can be a long and challenging one.
The Tech Boost Program is designed to facilitate this process by accelerating the growth of early
stage start-up founders who wish to prepare for the first investment round. The program covers a wide
range of verticals and industries while prioritizing impact-driven entrepreneurs.

The Tech Boost Program is designed as a partnership between Europe’s leading B2B startup
accelerator and selected regional partner Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK), supported by the European
Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Entrepreneurship Academy.

Through its modules and activities, the program will get your idea into motion much faster regionally
and provide you with insight in developing sustainable business strategies. The program covers a
wide range of verticals and industries while prioritizing impact-driven entrepreneurs.

About the program

Pre-accelerator program is run onsite by ICK and complemented by Startup Wise Guys and EFSE.

The program will begin in early March 2020 and will run for eight weeks.

Pre-accelerator program includes:
Startup Wise Guys 8 weeks online program;
Online one-on-one mentoring (through the Startup Wise Guys online program);
Onsite bootcamp provided by Startup Wise Guys;
Live pitching at Demo Day at PODIM, Slovenia in May 2020;

Startup Wise Guys 8 weeks online program: The first stage is an 8-week online program with pre-
defined tasks, workshops, webinars complemented by our partners Startup Wise Guys; the renowned
European startup accelerator. The online program will take entrepreneurs through the startup basics
and get them ready for the next steps on the startup-journey. The program is executed with recorded
and live content including investment management, lean startups, pitching and presenting, marketing
and other specific topics from which homework and activities are built. The platform can be used to
maintain communication with other entrepreneurs and organizers creating an online learning and
networking environment spanning across and outside the regional countries.

Online one-on-one mentoring (through the Startup Wise Guys online program): Aside from
local mentors, there will be online one-on-one mentoring through the Startup Wise Guys online
program providing startups access to international coach and mentor network.

Onsite bootcamp provided by Startup Wise Guys: After the eight-week startup program, startups
will get access to an intensive three-day bootcamp provided by Startup Wise Guys. Topics that will be
included in the bootcamp are design thinking, customer acquisition, sales and management tools and
pitch training.

Live pitching at Demo Day: Lastly, entrepreneurs will present their startups at Demo Day at
, Slovenia in May with an audience of regional and international partners and investors.

Application criteria and deadline

Pre-Accelerator program is pursuing early stage startup founders, who have the ambition to commit
full time and are ready to fight for regional and international success! Ideally, the startup should be in
the early stage of MVP development, or have a draft MVP. Interested founders are requested to
complete a simple Application Form which will be used for selection of a short list who would be
asked to make a pitch presentation for a final selection. Please apply by filling out the application
form here.

The application deadline is 16 February 2020.

About partners:


The EFSE Entrepreneurship Academy, an initiative of the EFSE Development Facility, encompasses
a range of programs to support local business development throughout the EFSE target region. By
working together with on-the-ground organizations that drive incubation and acceleration projects, the
Entrepreneurship Academy provides entrepreneurs with guidance, resources, mentoring, networking
opportunities, the chance to receive financial backing, and other means necessary to turn good ideas
into successful enterprises. In this way, the Entrepreneurship Academy and its partners help create an
environment where entrepreneurs can thrive – driving the spirit of EFSE as “The Entrepreneurship

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Startup Wise Guys is Europe's leading B2B startup accelerator, present in all three Baltic states with
participants from around the world, also voted VC fund of the year 2019 in CEE. SWG displays a
77% survival rate, and is one of the most active early stage investors in Nordics & CEE with more
than 145 portfolio companies.

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Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK) is the leading integrator of youth, startups and innovative businesses
in Kosovo, aiding the economic growth, youth employability, visibility and prosperity of Kosovo. The
work of ICK is based in three main pillars including The Startup support program which offers
resources for entrepreneurs to create and develop successful companies through incubation, financial
support, consulting, training, networking and international match-making; The skills and
development program which delivers training services for tenants in the incubator and market-
oriented, high-quality courses, upgrading the skill-sets of the general workforce; The co-working
space offers a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow the
positive impact of your work. It represents a mix of an innovation lab, Co Working space, a business
Incubator, a social enterprise, and tech-community center.

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