The CyberChampions Award 2014/15 was awarded on November 6th, 2014, within the Hightech.Unternehmer.Kongress 2014 (high-tech.entrepreneur.convention). All in all, the KIT teams demonstrated a strong performance. No less than six KIT foundings or founding projects reached the final round of the award this year and were allowed to pitch in front of a competent jury – which includes former prize winners of the CyberChampions. From all the finalists, the jury selected the prize winners: the categories “BestConcept” and “NewComer” as well as the INIT innovation prize were awarded.
Picture: all finalists, award winners and sponsors of the prizes together, after awarding the CyberChampions Award 2014/15.
Currently, there is the break between semesters and summer is also not at its best. This leaves enough time to have a closer look at one’s own business idea. Do you currently have a startup in mind and are just fine-tuning your business plan? Would you like to have independent feedback and new ideas from experienced representatives of industry? Then now is the opportunity to do so! Take part in one of the many founder competitions.
Some calls for proposals will expire in the next few weeks and are just waiting for your idea! We will present a few current founder competitions to you here so you can start right away.
The word “accelerator” often pops up in the founder scene. But what does “accelerator” stand for and what lies behind it?
The purpose of an accelerator for founders, as the word suggests, is to get founders to their destination faster.
There are two basic forms of accelerators. On the one hand, there are organizations or programs that have tasked themselves with supporting startups in a specific field or region. They run campaigns, competitions, mentor programs, and much more in order to promote startups, provide support with business building, build networks, and match mentors and investors with startups. The portfolio of well-known accelerators also includes offering spaces, such as co-working spaces. And example for this is the well-known German Silicon Valley Accelerator.
On the other hand, an accelerator is a coaching program within a specific timeframe for selected founding teams during an early stage. Throughout an intensive process, the founders acquire diverse knowledge, continue to develop their business model, and are often supported by an experienced mentor in doing so. Oftentimes, the teams present their output to investors at the end of the accelerator program and thus get the chance to attract funding.
The KIT Founders Forge and its partners offer a variety of forms of accelerator programs.