Join our 60-day Launchtrack program to validate and launch your startup idea. Use each of the four milestones to prove your startup has reached problem solution fit, global market potential and is investment ready. As you do so, you will get a chance to enter directly into the Rockstart Accelerator selections, receive investment and prepare to scale your startup internationally.
Rockstart and Tekwill support entrepreneurs with a strong purpose by connecting them with the brightest minds in the industry. We’re looking for startups with a great founding team, a well thought out or built prototype and a hunger to go big, or go bust!
As a member of the 2017 Launchtrack cohort, you will come to Moldova and work with the Rockstart and Tekwill teams, startup experts, mentors and fellow founders to validate and build your business in a way that has the potential to scale, and is attractive for international investors.
We’re interested in startups that are creating the future, using promising new technologies (AI, Blockchain, sensors) to make a positive impact.
Focus areas include:
The Launchtrack program is divided into four steps that reflect the most important stages of an early-stage startup’s development: problem validation, problem solution fit, global market potential, and investment ready. The stage names can be seen as milestones, which the teams have to achieve by the end of each period. A milestone is reached when a startup can show that it has completed every step required to move forward.
Startups entering the program don’t have to give up any equity but are charged a fee of €250 per team. This amount can be waived for startups coming from less privileged backgrounds.
two week Easter Break
Problem Solution Fit
Global Market Potential
Investor Pitch Event
3D Hubs is world’s largest online marketplace for 3D printing services. With service providers connected in over 160 countries, 3D Hubs makes it easy for product designers and engineers to find the right 3D print solution for prototyping and small production runs. By providing local access to cutting-edge 3D printing technologies 3D Hubs is accelerating a future of distributed on-demand manufacturing.
Since 2014, 3D Hubs has raised $13M in funding. Most recently, they announced $7M in Series B funding, led by EQT Ventures, with backing from previous investor Balderton Capital. They also recently acquired the Romanian startup Printivate, who specializes in optimizing and fixing 3D models.
Sympower is a platform that connects smart energy with smart homes. It enables smart energy systems to respond to the needs of both their owners and the electricity system as a whole. Its technology offers households a platform to become active participants in reducing the world’s dependency on fossil fuels. The platform integrates with smart heating and cooling appliances through a lightweight technology.
As well as customers going live in Finland, Sympower is currently realizing a pilot project in the Netherlands with Engie, TenneT and Stedin. Their international team has grown to 6 full time employees across NL, EST, FIN, ISR.
Wercker is a continuous delivery platform that helps developers reduce risk and eliminate waste by testing and deploying their code often. It is hosted in the cloud, so there is no need to download any software or buy your own hardware in order to set up your continuous delivery pipeline. It takes under a minute to set up your project and use Wercker.
Wrecker has received a total of $6M in investment including $4.5M in Series A funding, led by INKEF Capital with participation from existing investor Notion Capital.
Rockstart Launchtrack powered by Tekwill is organized with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) within “Moldova ICT Excellence Center Project”
We are looking for entrepreneurial spirited people working on startup ideas and prototypes from all over Eastern Europe, Balkans and Central Asia for the first Chișinău-based Launchtrack program starting in March 31 2017.
You still can apply, your chances of being selected are lower than those with a prototype or existing beta however, as the program will be more helpful for startups with a prototype.
Yes as long as you are able to build the product yourself this program is well suited for you. However, it is difficult enough to build and grow a business, so you should look to bring a team on board during or after the program to be able to make it a success.
Also you will need to have a team in place before you apply to an accelerator program.
Unfortunately, this is not possible. You have to be on-site from the beginning program during each weekend. The program elements will be held during long weekends, generally Friday to Sunday. So it will be possible to have a day job beside the program.
Yes, there is a small commitment fee (€250) you will need to pay to join the program. All activities within the program as well as dedicated office space at Tekwill ICT Excellence Center, and access to the renowned Rockstart community and the mentoring are free for the selected startups. It will be possible to waive the fee if it would impair your participation in the program. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
No. This program is completely equity free. No equity taken either by Tekwill or by Rockstart for the program. The only fee you will need to pay is €250.
It will be possible to waive the fee if it would impair your participation in the program. The only condition is that you must participate in all the program elements, if you do not, you will have to pay the fee. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Unfortunately, the program does not cover any travel or accommodation expenses. However, we will help you to connect to the right agencies.
Unless you can commute from within Moldova, or closeby cities such as Odesa (Ukraine) or Iasi (Romania) each weekend, yes. The workshops, events and sessions will be held at Tekwill in Chișinău; thus, it is important that your team is able to move to Chisinau for the duration of the program.
If you have more questions, please send us an e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org.