building bridges in the V4 region

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Is your startup ready to go beyond the borders and expand in the V4 region? You are ready but in need of business contacts and mentoring? We can help you! Apply now and meet corporate partners handpicked just for you. Better yet, we’ll even prepare you for the big meeting!

Join us and become one of the 20 teams that we invite to our super intensive but fun virtual Bootcamp. Workshops, business mentoring, and community events lead the way to the Demo Day after which we select the four winning teams who get to participate in the V4 Startup Force program.

The Startup Force program is a three-week hybrid program during which you receive hand-on mentoring to prepare you for tailored business meetings in all four countries. The first two weeks happen online and then we finish off with offline days in Budapest.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

12 April 2022

APPLICATION CLOSED

Timeline

1 MARCH – 12 APRIL
APPLICATION PERIOD
13- 22 APRIL
SELECTION
2-6 MAY
VIRTUAL BOOTCAMP
9-13 MAY
SELECTION OF 4 WINNING TEAMS
16 MAY – 3 JUNE
V4 STARTUP FORCE

Benefits for Startups

Business meetings

we organize tailored business meetings with corporates and SMEs for the final 4 teams

Workshops & Mentoring

hands-on, practical knowledge to fine-tune your business

Networking & Community

access to a colorful community of like-minded entrepreneurs

Scholarship

the four teams receive a scholarship

Who can apply?

  • business-to-business (B2B) solution
  • stage: seed and above (or a viable business pilot that is ready to be launched)
  • the startup should be based in the V4 region and at least one founder should have Czech, Hungarian, Polish, or Slovak nationality
  • traction with users, well-defined business model, ready for market expansion
  • 2-3 team members can dedicate their time for the full length of the program
  • scalable business
APPLICATION CLOSED

Questions?
Drop a line at v4suf@designterminal.org and we’ll come back to you in no time!

What Can You Expect?

The Virtual Bootcamp is our selection camp. If you become one of the four winning teams (we select one startup per country), you can continue to the V4 Startup Force.

Bootcamp (5 days)

  • practical workshops (e.g. pitching, sales)
  • alumni keynotes
  • community building
  • business mentoring
  • offline team building (in 4 cities)
  • Startup Force (3 weeks)

  • Hybrid program*
  • 1st week: orientation and workshops
  • 2nd week: business meetings virtually and offline
  • 3rd week: offline Budapest days
  • tailored business meetings (altogether min. 12 in the four countries)
  • more workshops (hosted by the 4 program partners)
  • community and cultural fun!
  • *If we go offline, travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the program. You’ll receive the program in advance so that you can get prepared.

    We love our startups

    “V4 Startup Force paved our road to our regional expansion with useful contact and a lot of new knowledge!”

    Bence Zwecker, Munch

    “Transfer of knowledge and great fun”

    Mateusz Kierepka, BioMinds Healthcare

    “Great opportunity to get to know ourselves and our company even better. Also, the networking, workshops and potential business cooperation are the great bonus out of this V4 experience.”

    Matej Liptak, Airlogy Labs

    “Surprisingly great and enjoyable 3-week journey”

    David Suslik, OnSinch

    V4 Startup Force in numbers

    We launched the program in 2018 and since then we have had:

    50+

    participant startups

    300+

    business meetings

    400+

    applicants

    Business partners

    About the organizers

    The V4 Startup Force program is funded by the International Visegrad Fund and is a joint effort of Design Terminal and its partner organizations. Our partners in the startup acceleration ‘crime’:

    About Design Terminal

    Design Terminal, a leading innovation agency in the CEE, has been the main organizer of V4 Startup Force since 2018. We run incubation programs in 12 countries and have worked with over 2000+ startups and several industry-leading corporations since our foundation in 2014.

    Campus

    Campus is an international co-working space for early-stage startups, aspiring entrepreneurs and students based in Bratislava. Since opening its doors, they have welcomed members from 14 different countries, making its environment truly international and diverse.

    DEX-IC

    DEX Innovation Centre (DEX IC) is a Czech non-profit organisation with diverse accelerator and virtual incubator activities. As an ecosystem builder, they have scaled up 70+ startups and helped them get investment. They are also act as the EIT Health Hub for the Czech Republic with access to top-niche partners from EIT Health Network.

    Startup Hub Poland

    The Warsaw-based non-profit foundation is a startup ecosystem builder with Poland at the center. Their vision is to create a hub where international and Polish startups work with corporate and experiment on pilots that can be scaled globally.

    Funding the project: International Visegrad Fund

    the IVF is an international donor organization established in 2000 by the governments of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries— Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia—to promote regional cooperation in the V4 region as well as between the region and other countries, especially the ones in the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership. The Fund supports endeavors by awarding grants, scholarships, and artist residencies. The Fund’s annual budget is 8 million EUR which is compiled from the contributions of the V4 governments.

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    Frequently asked questions

    Any startup with a B2B (business to business) solution (above seed stage) registered in any V4 country (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland or Slovakia) with at least one founder having citizenship in the aforementioned countries.

    The entire program is free. What’s more, the 4 teams selected for the Startup Force program will receive a scholarship.

    We expect full dedication from two members of your startup (including a founder/CEO). The bootcamp is an intensive, 5-day event so that we can ensure that we select the most dedicated teams. While the bootcamp requires full-time dedication, the Startup Force program is 3-week-long and planned in a way that you have time to work a little as well. Plus, we’ll recommend who should attend a given workshop from your team.

    The whole program will be in English.

    We are happy to help out with any questions! Just drop us a message at v4suf@designterminal.org.