It all started in Slupsk in January 2015. At the Slupsk Technology Incubator (Slupski Inkubator Technologiczny) there met people who wanted their ideas to become business reality. Startup Roadshow – a contest that aims to bring innovation to smaller Polish towns was created for them. During 6 editions of the contest, several teams won 100 000 PLN to develop their business idea and gained necessary mentoring support from our Black Pearls VC experts. Nowadays, the final and special edition has been launched!
“The Startup Roadshow was created through one of Black Pearls’s projects. Our goals with this project is to attract interesting business projects based on innovative solutions, reach audiences from smaller cities with our funding offer for high potential business projects and support the development of innovation outside of metropolitan areas” – said Radosław Białas, Investment Director at Black Pearls VC.
So far, Startup Roadshow has resulted in the development of bright ideas and launching a few businesses. Some time ago, you could read the interview with one of the winners – Mariola Gowkielewicz and her three-wheeled bicycle. It is available HERE. The second great example of a success story through our contest can be Cosmic Group. Its activity is based on the urge to fill the market’s need of searching for space intended for short-term promotion actions’ hire, e.g. various events (team building parties, presentations, business meetings), promotion and sales actions (temporary stores, stalls) and special events (premieres, performances, fashion shows). Startup Roadshow is a great opportunity for people with a bright idea living in smaller cities who need funding and experience provided by a major VC company. Black Pearls VC as a leading fund in the Pomeranian voivodeship in Poland is the best that can be offered. Our reputation has been built up from the value we’ve provided to our clients and the continuous expansion of our activities. The mixture of our financial and mentoring support with hard work and willingness from the startups can result in the final success.
The final edition of Startup Roadshow has just started. Organized at the Science and Technology Park in Elk, this is the special edition of the contest, in which you can win more. Not only is there the usual funding prize of 100 000 PLN, but you can also win additional 30 000 PLN provided by Elk Science and Technology Park and KODE as part of “Your startup – your future” contest to launch your own business activity in Elk. Participants can take part in both contests as well as in one of their own choice.
Anyone living in Poland that has innovative ideas and solutions for day-to-day problems can participate in Startup Roadshow. Although the contest’s target are small towns, people from metropolitan areas are also allowed to submit their projects.
3 main stages of Elk Startup Roadshow:
- Recruitment: participants submit their projects online (the final edition: http://startuproadshow.pl/technopark-elk/). Deadline is 21 July.
- Preselection and preincubation (assessment and selection of projects for preincubation) – participants are provided with consulting services, they attend workshops on creating business models, business planning and effective pitching. By the end of this stage organizers choose ten finalists). Stage time: 21 July – 29 July.
- Finals: finalists pitch their ideas in front of an audience. The judges, after assessing each project, announce the winner. Date: 7 August.
The winner will get 100 000 PLN in investment to launch his business. Thanks to Startup Roadshow, participants have a unique opportunity to meet investors and business people. It motivates them not only to impress the jury but also to earn the attention of investors among the audience. It’s a really great possibility for networking with innovators, creative minds, and business owners.
For more information visit the official contest website: Startup Roadshow
Submit your project for the final edition in Elk HERE.