International Bootcamps: Frankfurt & Vienna


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Within the EIT Climate-KIC accelerator model, bootcamps are an important mean to strengthen the start-ups’ sustainable business models and to develop the international cleantech start-up-community.
A common theme throughout the bootcamps is the importance of knowledge creation through collaborative work.

Get scaled – in Vienna

17. – 18. October 2018

The second Bootcamp of the Climate-KIC RIS Acccelerator 2018 will be held in Vienna as the capital of the current Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and one of the up-and-coming European start-up Hubs. The bootcamp is combined with a demo day. EIT Climate-KIC Austria will grant access to their network community (via the demo day) and offers possibilities to sustain potential contacts with relevant challenge owners such as companies and public authorities (via the demo day & Climathon). The demo day is the big annual showcase event for EIT Climate-KIC start-ups. Invited partners of EIT Climate-KIC and Impact Hub Vienna will have the opportunity to meet our most promising cleantech and smart green start-ups across the EIT RIS countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. The start-ups will have the chance to introduce their businesses and pitch their cleantech innovations. Provadis Hochschule will continue its mission to deepen our pan-European start-up community and will step forward to enhance the key factors of sustainable business modelling.

Brainbows is our local partner in charge of the organisation.
For further information on the Bootcamp in Vienna please contact:

Austrian Green Meetings eco-label
The Demo Day & Bootcamp Vienna will be organized according to the guidelines of the Austrian Green Meetings eco-label

Conservation of Resources and Regionality
For all materials in use as well as for the catering conservation of resources, the protection of the environment and sustainability are top priorities. Food originates from regional and organic production and fair trade respectively. In order to avoid waste, drinks and meals will be served solely in and on reusable dishes.

Environmentally-Friendly Mobility
It is especially important that participants can travel to and from the venue in an environmentally friendly manner. The venue, Impact Hub, is located centrally and can be conveniently reached by public transport (for more on transportation, also see below). There is sufficient space to park bicycles around the venue. Furthermore, there are also two nearby City Bike stations on Webgasse/Mariahilfer Straße and Neubaugasse/Mariahilfer Straße.

Get connected – in Frankfurt

4. – 5. July 2018

Frankfurt is the heart of Europe’s financial community and a hot spot of the chemical industry. With its strong regional ecosystem Frankfurt offers access to international businesses and with Provadis Hochschule you receive access to leading chemical and bio-technical industries. The Bootcamp in Frankfurt is dedicated to create a pan-European start-up community, unfold synergies between the RIS start-ups and to create a joint spirit. You will learn how to get your product ready for the market and expand your business internationally.
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“Get ready for business” – International Start-ups gather in Frankfurt to scale their business

For the second year, 60 start-ups from nine European countries joined the International Bootcamp 2018 in Frankfurt. These start-ups got accepted to the Climate-KIC EIT Accelerator Program in 2018, Europe’s largest cleantech accelerator for early stage start-ups that focusses on getting them ready for investors and customers and helps scale their business. Jasmin Kailath and Bernd Winters – both responsible for the start-up programs at the Provadis Hochschule – were curious if the designed framework for the following two days will deliver the wished impact and generate a well creative and productive working environment.

Part of the joint curriculum in the accelerator is the International Bootcamp with a focus on sustainable business modelling, brand development and networking to get them ready for business. The two-day bootcamp on 4th and 5th of July 2018 took place on the grounds of the Provadis School of International Management and Technology, an education hub set next to the industrial and pharmaceutical heart of the Industriepark Höchst.

The first day the teams from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia had the chance to introduce themselves and identify potential fields of cooperation. “We clustered the teams in groups sorted by their goals, needs and business structure in order to create combinations and synergies that weren’t visible at first sight,” explains Professor Wolfgang Rams, who was responsible for the curriculum within the accelerator and the content of the International Bootcamp.

On this basis, the start-ups worked on their sustainable business model taking into account economic, ecological and social aspects of their business activities. Being specific on these aspects and applying an integrated approach is the conceptual core of the accelerator program. The concept has been presented by Professor Hannes Utikal, lead of the Center for Industry and Sustainability at Provadis School of International Management and Technology.

The group work was opened by the Climate-KIC success story Africa GreenTec. Climate-KIC alumni Torsten Schreiber, founder of Africa GreenTec told the story of how he started his company with the help of the Climate-KIC accelerator program. His story was complemented by other success stories out of the nine European countries.

After a tour through the impressive industrial park, the teams had dinner on the cruise ship Maria Sibylla Merian, taking them on the Maine River from Höchst to see the skyline of the financial district Frankfurt. During dinner the teams were able to discuss different topics set up by their coaches and moderated by Table Captains such as Maria Alexandrova (Climate-KIC partner from Cleantech Bulgaria) or João Paulo Fernandes (consultant at PwC NextLevel Startup Consulting).

On the second day the teams learned from experts like Alisa Murphy (Founder and CEO at Life Size Media), Dr. Martin Giese (start-up expert and Business Angel) and Dr. Thomas Funke (Co-Director at TechQuartier) on how to establish your brand, negotiate and present your start-up in a pitch. Dr. Maximilian Hempel from the German Federal Environmental Foundation who held a lecture on resources and environmental issues was impressed by the program and the start-ups, “the accelerator program has some very significant items. It is very international and very hands on. As an entrepreneur you get a good input on how to build your start-up and you get the different puzzles you need to complete your idea.”

After the International Bootcamp the start-ups travelled back to their countries and continue the accelerator locally, being in a continued exchange on the sustainability of their business model. As last year a matchmaking site has been set up to present all participating teams and keep them connected beyond the bootcamp.

“It was a great pleasure to listen to short feedbacks of the start-ups during the bootcamp and to look in so many well satisfied and delighted faces during the farewell”, so Bernd Winters. “Now it begins the time of operative implementation. Be aware and passionate. Good luck & great success!”