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    LAUNCHTRACK

    PROGRAM

    VALIDATE YOUR STARTUP IDEA

    Applications are closed! Too late to apply? Contact karin@rockstart.com

    About

    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:

      • Artificial Intelligence, smart energy, digital health and web & mobile
      • Sharing economy concepts—to address the under-utilization of assets, marketplaces
      • Next generation energy—microgrid autonomy, renewable energy sharing, energy efficient automated homes and industries
      • 3D printing & automation—future of manufacturing
      • New financial, logistics & transportation services—creating efficiencies in the economy
    • Enterprise & development tools—tools for companies to get more work done, better, cheaper, higher quality, using deep learning and AI technology
    • Computer robotics and IoT security—increased connectivity leads to an increased risk of being hacked
    • Education—if you don’t learn, you don’t grow
    • Wildcard concepts—use novel initiatives to focus on big problems/inefficiencies in our society

     

    The Program

    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.

    March 31

    Step 1

    Problem Validation

    April 14

    two week Easter Break

    April 28

    Step 2

    Problem Solution Fit

    May 13

    Step 3

    Global Market Potential

    May 26

    Step 4

    Investment ready

    June 3

    Closing Day

    Investor Pitch Event

    What we offer

    • 1. EQUITY FREE The program, supported by USAID and SWEDEN allows you to validate and launch your startup without giving away part of your business (that means you are in a much better position when speaking with investors).
    • 2. EXPERT SUPPORT Rockstart experts with different skill sets will help you throughout the program, supporting you with the right knowledge and advice when validating and launching your business.
    • 3. PERSONAL & TEAM DEVELOPMENT The Launchtrack program includes a component focused on personal and team development. Find out your personal and team DNA. Not only your business has to grow. You need to evolve as well.
    • 4. MENTORSHIP ICT experts and business founders with different skill sets from a variety of backgrounds are involved in the program, supporting your team in the length of the program.
    • 5. ACCESS TO ACCELERATION SELECTION The Lauchtrack program is focussed on preparing you for driving traction, metrics and pitching your vision for acceleration and launch. By taking part in the program, you will increase your chances in being part of the Rockstart Accelerator programs as well as having a greater chance at succeeding in becoming a successful entrepreneur.
    • 6. TEKWILL Is where people, community, ideas, resources, science and industry meets to identify, facilitate and enhance excellence in information technology. In driving the Moldovan ecosystem, Tekwill will support you in further events and support than the program duration.
    • 7. OFFICE SPACE In the heart of the Technical University of Moldova (UTM), Tekwill is a 4,000m² hub that has everything you would need for your startup's ongoing growth. Tekwill ICT Excellence Center offers co-working spaces, meeting and conference rooms, and tech labs (IoT, 3D printing). Here you will benefit from 24/7 working space, uniquely designed to help you formulate your idea, design an MVP, validate a market need, develop your investor pitch, and reach the milestones critical to your startup's success.

    What you'll learn

    • LEAN STARTUP METHODOLOGY
    • EARLY ADOPTER IDENTIFICATION
    • EXPERIMENT DESIGN
    • RAPID PROTOTYPING
    • MVP VALIDATION
    • AGILE DEVELOPMENT
    • KEY GROWTH METRICS
    • GLOBAL MARKET UNDERSTANDING
    • COMPETITOR ANALYSIS
    • INVESTMENT STRATEGY
    • PITCHING
    • TEAM DEVELOPMENT

    ABOUT ROCKSTART

    Rockstart team

    Rockstart Alumni Stories

    3D Hubs

     

    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.

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    Sympower

     

    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

     

    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.

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    Tekwill Team

    Our Partners

    USAID

    SWEDEN

    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”

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    Strada Studenților 9/11
    Chișinău
    Moldova
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