Skyrocket your startup and successfully connect things, devices and people
Join our 3 step regional startup training program, pitch at the biggest regional investment conference, compete for more than 10.000 € prices and experience Silicon valley in person!
Regional startup educational program for Cloud startups (2012-2015)
103 teams in program and on conference
Industries: transport, agriculture, ecommerce
31 teams finished program
15 teams received at least 50k € investment
More than 100 new employments
35 open events (average 60 people)
77 investors participate on events
Startup community grew to around 7.000
Around 25.000 younsgters reach in 3 years
We will teach you:
Market modeling and creation a team
Best Cloud and apps practices on IoT platforms
Service and product design
Special Life Science track for understanding domain specifics
Bringing quality behind your products
Founding a startup (crowdfunding and VC)
Attending this program will give you:
1. Tools of the trade
We’re here to arm you with our Startup Modeling Toolbox to help you ship products, not learn how to write a 30-page business plan that you will never follow through. For online work we will use our Merlin (see below).
2. Program partners
The whole trick about this program is in providing you the best domain knowledge! So we scooped the top notch companies to guide and mentor you on your journey to make it big!
3. Learning by teaching
Research shows you remember up to 10 times as much when you have to teach others compared to just listening to a lecture. That is exactly what you’ll be doing – teaching your peers.
4. Market is the king
We believe not us, not even investors, but your customers are the masters of your startup’s faith and we prefer to see teams try again with a new idea to them beating the proverbial dead horse.
Video from last year
5. COINVEST investment conference & Silicon Valley visit
We offer you investors conference (2014: 60+ investors, 70+ startups from SE Europe, 300+ participants). And at the end, the best ones will go in Silicon Valley for a month. There will be another Demo day, we will also allow startups to attend some top Silicon Valley events and meet global investors and entrepreneurs there. Meetings with Slovenians (and BoundBreaker community) there is included.
We believe you can be in Silicon Valley with us!
“Entrepreneurship is throwing yourself off a cliff, and building a plane on the way down.“
Reid Hoffman, VC and LinkedIn founder
Do you want to visit Silicon Valley?
We will send to Silicon Valley best 10 teams* on events, company (Google, FB …) and university (Stanford, Berkeley) visits. Experience tech heaven in person.
Previous generations of Hekovnik programs visit Silicon Valley
* teams will have organized events, visits and pitches (travel expenses, accommodation and food is not covered).
We will organize and participate on next events:
Location: Ljubljana; Slovenia
What is CloudCatalyst bootcamp: 3-day event with on-site workshops for early and advanced stage companies. The aim is to work on ICT business models, exchange with other teams and speakers, and to learn useful pitching skills. The bootcamp will be totally free for startups or SMEs. The bootcamp will be in Slovene language.Who should attend: Research teams from universities and institutes; Startup teams (with or without company created); Angel / Seed backed startups; and SMEs.Goodies for the participants: Enter the selection process for the 3rd wave of StarCloud program for startups; Enter the EuroCloud Awards; Access CloudCatalyst reports about market trends, critical success factors, funding opportunities and success cases; Connect with projects and European initiatives that support the launching and funding of your company.
Date: 5.-6. November
Location: Bled; Slovenia
Europe is moving strongly towards a Digital Single Market – an online environment without barriers between countries, legislatory boundaries and in particular applications, services and infrastructures. This opens up a major scope of opportunities for users and providers equally: being able to reach out to more customers, integrating more services, offering richer services, concentrating on essential capabilities etc. To reach such an infrastructure necessitates a strong collaborative effort between companies, SMEs and research institutes all across Europe, as no single entity or even country is able to address all the technical concerns, let alone reach common agreements on the underlying policy concerns and standardization issues. The CLASS event in particular investigates the strengths and weaknesses of the individual countries and their industrial and academic bodies and how the countries in Europe can collaborate to work towards a unified future internet vision together, how individual parties can contribute and – more importantly – how they can benefit from such a collaboration.The event will bring together experts from industry and academia with users and providers to present their results and elaborate their needs and their offerings – it therefore equally allows participants to promote results and products, as well as to exchange knowledge and initiate collaborations. The conference will allow for dedicated presentations and matchmaking like workshops.
Date: 5.-6. November
Location: Nova Gorica; Slovenia
Short description: Annual high-tech investment conference is an important part of the platform. COINVEST is a platform connecting regional high-tech startups with emerging innovative ecosystem. With its activities it aims to develop an ecosystem to help prospective startups obtain necessary assets: capital, access to market, managerial skills.
Location: Malta, Malta
Date: November 2015
Location: Berlin; Germany
Date: February 2016
start:Cloud ++ COINVEST structure
start:Cloud program is based on over 20 years of experience. Our curriculum has been tested on, implemented and inspired by 17 generations of startups and we have strong program partners that can help you in any area we might lack expertise.
Previous generations: 2012, 2013, 2014
Want to hear from our graduates?
“start:Cloud program was our springboard to business world. If we weren’t participating in start:Cloud program, we would never start developing our idea nor would we know our product has such potential on the market.”
Jaka Ogorevc, cofounder Enolyse
“Due to the startCloud program we have developed our products within our clients wishes, interests and pains. We were forced to meet our clients every week and learn and discover a lot about the industry it self. Overall great experience with great mentors and community.“
Rok Lončarič, founder CoolingInno