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HugeThing is a 3-weeks long, intensive pre-acceleration programme, based in Poland

Also it’s a first Polish initiative – held in the city of Poznan – which is to prepare startups for their first funding and successful application the top-tier world accelerators like 500 startups, Y Combinator and Seedcamp.

The programme is dedicated to startups working on a scalable, innovative idea. During this period, we aim to provide a series of methods and resources for their development and growth.

We’ve designed an unique content which is to be delivered by local, regional and international experts. Also many successful entrepreneurs are going to share their unique knowledge and experience on our stage. They will support the teams by delivering them valuable advice, strategic insights, some tips on technology, customer aquisition, recruitment and investor presentation.

HugeThing is  powered by SpeedUp Venture Capital Group featuring 500 startups and other international accelerators.

The programme is implemented under the patronage of  the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development.

 

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INTERESTED ENOUGH?

Send us your application till 13th September 2015
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rules

Are we looking for you?

To join us, you should have at least MVP or a prototype. You should also show us that your team is complete and able to run the project.

What is important, we do not have any preferences according to the business area you’re developing your project. Also, it does not matter how old are you or where’re you from. You should be motivated and think globally about your project.

Please note that we expect to work each day with at least one member of your team through the 3 weeks (6th to 23rd October), here in Poznan. No exceptions.


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RULES


#1

Huge Thing is located in Poznan (Poland), in Stary Browar 50 50 Art and Business Centre, less than 3 hours drive from Berlin (240 km) and Warsaw (280 km).

#2

We expect to work each day with at least one member of your team, here in Poznan. No exceptions.

#3

Participation in the programme is free of charge. We do not cover the expenses of your meals and accomodation.

#4

The application process starts on Tuesday, 31th of August and ends 13th of September.

#5

The second part of the recruitment process (Skype interviews) will last from September 14th to 24th.

#6

The official list of the participating startups will be known on September 25th.

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Steps

Programme structure

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Week 01:

Introduction to Thug Life of Startups, Accelerators and VCs

Week one will kick-off with 4 days full of introductory sessions.
Some of them will be:

  • ‘Lessons learned by Polish startups’
  • ‘Tools and methods for running Lean Startup’
  • ‘Identifying and segmenting target customers’
  • ‘Intellectual property rights: trademarks, patents and copyrights’
  • ‘Legal aspects of setting up company in Europe and in US’
  • ‘How to get to 500s and other accelerators’
  • ‘Startup Sales 101 workshop’
  • ‘Startup funding strategies’
  • ‘Pitching workshop 101’

Week 02:

Product & Business Design

During the second week teams will focus on a business model, as well as on product design & development. Among planned sessions are:

  • ‘Design Thinking workshop’
  • ‘Building development team in the right way’
  • ‘Building hardware: from project to factory’
  • ‘User experience workshop 202’
  • ‘Product pricing strategies’
  • ‘Startup business models and payment methods’
  • ‘Startup analytics, metrics and KPIs’
  • ‘Web-advertising and traffic management’

Week 03:

Sales & Startup Pitching

The last week we finish with presentations during Huge Thing Demo Day. Before your team will learn more about financials, sales and will practice art of pitching. Some of last week sessions will be:

  • ‘B2B and Enterprise Sales’
  • ‘New business financials planning’
  • ‘Alternative financing sources & debt financing’
  • ‘Funneling SaaS sales process – from leads to closed deals’
  • ‘Getting prepared for Kickstarter & Indiegogo’
  • ‘Pitching workshop 202’
  • ‘DemoDay with invited Polish and foreign VCs’

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Some other great news?

Yes! Huge Thing may help you to raise your first pre-seed money!

After the DemoDay, SpeedUp Venture Capital Group will offer
chosen teams pre-seed investment for further development and acceleration.

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MENTORS

During event many successful entrepreneurs are going to share their unique knowledge and experience on our stage. They will support the teams by delivering them valuable advice, strategic insights, some tips on technology, customer aquisition, recruitment and investor presentation.

 

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