The V4Region Up Innobooster programme is launched to support cutting-edge innovations that solve the pressing regional challenges resulting from the Ukraine crisis. With its unique approach, it helps Ukrainian businesses relocate and supports V4 companies in rebuilding Ukraine. The initiative is a collaborative effort between ISE Accelerator (Ukraine), Startup Campus (Hungary) and DEX Innovation Centre (Czechia) coordinated by Wolves Summit (Poland) and supported by the Visegrad Fund.
In the 4-week acceleration, the 15 selected startups participate in 6 workshops where experts share knowledge about internationalisation, fundraising and scaling along with continuous, hands-on mentoring support. The programme culminates in a Demo Day, as a part of Wolves Summit`s 17th edition (24-26, May, Wroclaw) where the founders pitch to a competent jury and a 2000+ audience consisting of investors, corporates, and tech enthusiasts. As a part of the Demo Day, a panel discussion will also be organised to discuss and predict the future state of the regional tech ecosystem.
As part of the programme, an Awareness Campaign will also be conducted to educate the market on the current situation involving stakeholders from all five countries. The first session introduces the programme and the current state of tech, the second focuses on the opportunities in Ukraine, and the third explains what the V4 can offer to startups. The last session focuses on regional fundraising opportunities and will be organised as a part of the Alpha Wolves – a GP, LP and scaleup matchmaking forum taking place between the 8-9th of March in London.
“The war brought challenges to the tech scene and the society that we have never experienced before… We believe that innovation is more needed than ever to overcome them” – said Gergo Gulyas (Wolves Summit), who added: “Instead of working in silos, the current geopolitical situation requires to join forces and support ambitious founders who see opportunities where others see problems.”
The registration is now open until the 19th of March, for V4 and Ukraine-based, post-MVP enterprises with solutions from critical challenge areas such as refugee education, ER, mental recovery, energy production and storage, clean re-building, and environmental restoration.