The Startup Exchange Program, a mentor driven exchange program designed to scale-up startups, is back. The SXP-program selects most resourceful, creative, and disruptive startups to move to a European tech hub for 4 to 6 weeks supported by a local incubator/co-working space.
In 2013, SXP teamed up with 8 incubators/co-working spaces that are going to provide free working space and some guidance and mentorship to the startups. One of them is STARTER, an incubator located in Gdansk (Poland). STARTER guarantees fast and easy access not only to all business centers, networking places, universities campuses, but also to public transport and neighboring towns.
At the moment more than eighty startups are residing under the STARTER’s roof, mostly ICT projects at the very early stage of development. Apart from getting a comfy working space, each resident can take part in several profiled events organized by the incubator each month (meetings with inspiring people, hackathons, barcamps, Geek Girls Carrots meetings, startup contests, thematic startup sprints, workshops/trainings…).
Małgorzata Jasnoch (CEO, STARTER) stated:“Our doors are open for every foreign team to come to STARTER incubator. We will put as much effort as it possible to help you reach your business goals and make you feel like home as well. We are also highly proud that this part of Poland becomes a small copy of Silicon Valley. More and more ICT businesses are picking STARTER to settle in and we find it very motivating.”
Over the course of the program, the startups will have the chance to explore a local economy where companies will take their technology to market and bridge connections with corporations, startups, venture capitalists, and serial entrepreneurs.
What is more, to improve the value proposition of the program organizer invited hi-class 8 entrepreneurs, who are Alex Barrera (CEO at Press42), Pascal Finette (Director, Office of the Chair at Mozilla), Kasper Hulthin (Co-founder at Podio), Peter Kovacs (Talent Scout at Prezi), Sandra Sick (Consultant on marketing strategy and execution), Andreas Klinger (Co-founder at LOOKK), Luis Franco (VP of International Operations at SurveyMonkey) and David Bizer (HackFwd’s Chief Talent Geek). Mentors will advise startups on Growth strategies, HR Challenges and Internationalization.
Inês Silva, Founder of th Startup Exchange Program, said: “This is an unique opportunity for startups ready to scale their operations globally. We’ll be working with startups from all over the world, interested in coming to a European tech hub and for 6 weeks connect with the local startup ecosystem, develop partnerships and set operations in that market”.
Enrollment lasts till 9th of March, announcements of results will take place on 18th of March and exchange will start at 29th April till 15th of June. Apply now!