MIT Enterprise Forum (hereinafter: MITEF) is a global organization affiliated with MIT – the best university according to QS World University Rankings® 2018. Fundacja Przedsiębiorczości Technologicznej has been a licensed MITEF branch since 2015. In the period of 12/2015 – 08/2018, the MITEF Poland acceleration program (hereinafter: the Program) was organized in four successful editions, supporting 89 start-ups.
The Program, which is implemented as part of 2.5 SGOP, will cover the recruitment and selection of start-ups and provide support based on intensive work with participants including advisory, mentoring and financial support. It will also aim at accelerating the product development process (including services) or technology and validation of its key elements in conditions close to real. The development and validation process will be carried out in cooperation with the Technology Recipient (TR), which will provide access to the infrastructure enabling validation within acceleration activities. Each acceleration round will be based on the methodology of 24 steps of Disciplined Entrepreneurship (by B. Auleta, Professor of MIT Sloan), which will support the process of verification of the company’s business model and validation of the technology. The main benefits of the program are:
5 workshop sessions
Pilotages with technology recipients
Support of advisers employed in the Accelerator
Bootcamp in Boston for the best participants
The Program will be implemented with the focus on AI, IoT, Fintech technologies with the support of TRs, an international network of experts constituting a group of mentors, trainers and jurors of the Program, as well as tools of the best ecosystem supporting the development of technologies created around MIT, i.e. online recruitment platform and 24-step methodology of disciplined entrepreneurship. The objective of the Program is to accelerate the creation and development of world-class technological companies in key industries of the Polish economy. The main objective will be implemented through indirect objectives, such as:
support for young enterprises solving specific technological problems in the area of KOS, in particular Fintech, AI, IoT for the purposes of developing innovation in various sectors of the economy in which TRs operate.
support for ecosystem development around technologies in which TRs operate, including creation of an innovative environment for the acceleration and commercialization in cooperation with mature companies
Gaining TR’s experience necessary for cooperation with start-ups focused on implementation
Developing the possibility of commercializing start-up solutions in the cooperation with TR
The program is designed to effectively connect the potential of beginner, creative entrepreneurs with the infrastructure, experience and resources of large and medium-sized enterprises, which is in line with the objective of 2.5 SGOP. The program’s offer is addressed to an international group of originators and technological companies. Participation in the program is conditional upon the registration of a capital company in Poland before the commencement of the acceleration process. The support provided for each of the companies may amount to a maximum of 200,000 PLN.
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