Concept TechPeaks …is a People Accelerator! …is a long-term initiative, already set up and funded for 4 years with 13M€ (~17M$) of committed capital: One boot camp in 2013, starting in May, and two boot camps each following year. …selects hackers, designers, entrepreneurs, mixing them into a high-pressure 6-month boot camp in the beautiful Italian Alps. …is an intense programme based on hard-core lean methodologies, enlisting technical entrepreneurs and global mentors to generate the best founder teams in high-tech.
How it works People, teams, Prototyping, Commercialization, Revenues ideas technology test market test Phase 1 - People and team Phase 2 – Startup acceleration Talented people Great projects Matching Fund Accelerator programmes Seed funding or first round (angels, VCs) time 6 months 12 months 3
Offer Participants need skills, talent, passion. We provide a small salary (€500/m), free housing, food, desks, services and visa for 6 months. Teams and ideas can be there from the beginning or be shaped during the programme. During the first weeks, teams form and change, validate ideas using lean methodologies. Teams pitch ideas to get a non-equity grant of 25k€ (~33k$), incorporate and start their businesses. Top-notch mentors with global business and tech background coach teams. Research labs provide people networks and ideas. Startups attracting private investors in the following 12 months can access phase 2 and get matching funds up to 200k€ (~330k$).
What is the difference? People • Unique value: Bringing together international technology competences, in particular from Eastern Europe, mixing them with Italian creativity and design Technology • Strong technological background: Trento hosts the Italian node of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) ICT Labs, leading community in EU Startups • Great dealflow down the line: Creating a free-thinking, high-pressure environment for great entrepreneurs to meet and grow, and build great products and startups Funding • Growth is key: First phase provides pre-seed funding (25k€); Second phase of the programme provides matching funds to promising teams, up to 200k€ per startup 5
Some mentors… Andy Parsons Fausto Gimondi Co-founder/CTO at Happify Digital Media Expert Obie Fernandez Rebecca Paoletti Author of bestseller CEO, Co-founder – CakeWorks CTO Lean StartUp Machine Vladimir Oane Evan Nisselson Co-Founder of UberVU Investor, Mentor (Seedcamp, 500 start-ups, MindtheBrindge) Bostjan Spetic Jeremiah Robinson CEO at Zemanta ltd. VP Software at Jawbone Renaud Visage Peter Stern Co-Founder & Web Designer at Newport CTO at Eventbrite News Shipbuilding
Partner accelerators We partnered with great private accelerator programs, aiming to help the next generation of world-class startups and improve the ecosystem: We provide great deal flow and matching funds. Our partners 2013:
The team Paolo Lombardi Daria Batukhtina • Leader of New Business • Marketing and product Creation team in TrentoRise development leader • Public sector innovator, • Entrepreneur, EU and micro angel investor and Russian start-up ecosystem AI expert • Blogger, DO evangelist Alessandro Ligabò Andrea Baldini • Business Analyst in New • Principal at Earlybird in Business Creation team, Milan TrentoRise • Formerly software engineer • Ex McKinsey consultant and manager in Silicon Valley for Cisco Matteo Cevese Evan Nisselson • Investor at LDV Capital, • Community manager in mentor, New Business Creation • Experienced entrepreneur, team, TrentoRise team leader, and digital • Communication specialist media expert
Starting May 2013 in Trento! http://techpeaks.eu