Spherik startup accelerator launches call for applications

Newsroom 05/10/2015 | 16:28

Spherik startup accelerator based in Cluj has launched the call for applications for the second edition of its acceleration program, open until October 15.

Startups from the Moldova Republic are also eligible. For this, Spherik joined forces with Starnet Moldova in order to host teams from the Moldova Republic as part of the Cluj project.

Entrepreneurs are invited to apply and learn step by step how to set up and develop a startup under the guidance of mentors such as Radu Georgescu (Gecad) or Bogdan Colceriu (Frisbo)

Last year, 20 startups entered acceleration programs, ad-hoc  programs, incubation programs or student programs.

During this edition, trainers will focus on two of the greatest challenges for startups: creating products that answer a need or solve a problem on the market and how to tailor them according to market requirements.

The program will start with a two-week Product Bootcamp, during which participant teams will analyze products and their market relevance in order to establish the criteria for a minimum viable product and create a product development plan.

Each team will work under the guidance of a coach. The startups will create the first pitch decks and one-pagers.

The teams that graduate from Product Bootcamp go to the next level, the acceleration level, which will culminate with Demo Day, when teams will present their ideas in front of potential investors, clients and partners.

”Throughout the entire acceleration program, the startups will benefit from counselling and support from Spherik. From participating to workshops on marketing, sales and the product lifetime to networking and pitching events and placing office spaces at the disposal of the teams, we offer them all the necesary support  for development,” said Jennifer Austin, managing director of Spherik Accelerator.

Teams can sign up for the program until mid-October but those that enroll earlier can meet a mentor and receive feedback about their application form, and can modify it and reapply.

Spherik is an NGO founded by Liberty Technology Park, Transilvania Bank, the Cluj-Napoca Technical University and the Babeș-Bolyai University. It is supported by mentors such as Ana Maria Andronic, Radu Georgescu and Philipp Kandal.

Otilia Haraga

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