SIC is launching a new Startup Accelerator program with expert mentors, investors and financial awards for startups

The Startup Accelerator program launches on 6 June 2024 and will help startups create strong business strategies, their first Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) and find their first customers.

Quickly and without any avoidable missteps. The program will offer mentoring with successful entrepreneurs and managers, as well as professional training, meetings with investors and a financial award of up to CZK 300,000. These benefits would be available to entrepreneurs who have set up a startup company in Czechia in the past 5 years. 

The Startup Accelerator is the brainchild of the Central Bohemian Innovation Center (SIC), which has already helped to accelerate more than 300 startups and established companies. As a public agency, SIC sees investment in startups as an investment in the quality of life in the Czech Republic, which is why, unlike most other programs of its kind, it does not seek shares in the startups for its services. “At SIC, we expect startups to show great commitment and hard work on their own projects. I’m delighted to share my 30 years of experience in international business with participants of the Startup Accelerator program. I remember what it was like to go from running my business out of a three-room apartment to having a branch of a global company with a turnover of over CZK 50 billion,” says Aleš Holan, one of the program’s mentors.  

Up to 120 hours with business mentors (90% covered by SIC)

SIC offers mentoring in both Czech and English under extremely favourable conditions. With Startup Accelerator, you can access up to 120 hours of mentoring and pay only 10% of the mentor’s fee. Under the mentors’ guidance, the startups will implement their own projects focusing on their sales, marketing, business strategy and innovation and present them to investors, experts and the public at the final Pitch Day. The best candidates will receive a financial award of up to CZK 300,000 to develop their business.  

For a symbolic fee, startups can also access professional workshops (in Czech) to help them choose the right topic for their projects and improve their skills in key business areas.  

“I want to help those I admire. I want to build a strong startup ecosystem in Czechia. No goal is too small,” says Marek Heřman, the program’s coordinator. 


Ask him anything:  

Ask him anything:  

Marek Heřman, +420 722 040 299 ,   

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