Rubik Hub, the Romanian startup hub, together with two VC funds ROCA X and SeedBlink from Romania, and accelerator Global Kinetics from Silicon Valley and Startup Wise Guys from Estonia launched a startup accelerator. Rubik Garage is an equity-free acceleration program aiming to support startups from CEE or SEE raise their first investment round. The program is focusing on startups with an innovative product or business model that have a minimum viable product and/or an experienced team.
On behalf of the organising team, we invite startups from Sofia and Bulgaria to apply for participation.
Rubik Garage is free of charge and is organised by Rubik Hub and the North-East Regional Development Agency. Its main focus are startups from the verticals of MedTech, EdTech, Climate, Tourism, Social Impact, Fintech, Smart Cities, Automation, using technologies such as Saas, IoT, AI, VR, AR, XR, Big data, and blockchain. However, if you are focused on other areas and feel your startup can make a dent in the universe, then apply here!
Applications are open until May 1st, 2022.
The selection process:
The selected startups will be announced on the 6th of May. The selection jury is comprised of experts from Rubik Hub and its strategic partners: the Romanian VC funds ROCA X and SeedBlink, and the accelerators Global Kinetics from Silicon Valley, USA, and Startup Wise Guys from Estonia.
Rubik Garage 2022 – the program
Rubik Garage is a hybrid acceleration program, in English. The program will begin on 18th of May and it comprises 3 phases:
The acceleration phase starts with a Founders’ Bootcamp and a launch event, on 18th -20th of May. Here, the founders will meet the mentors, the strategic partners and the wider Rubik Hub community and will attend in-person workshops. This will take place in Rubik Hub, in Piatra Neamt, Romania, in a 1200sq space created exclusively for startup events and co-working, and surrounded by forests and mountains.
On top of this, founders will learn strategies and tips & tricks in raising investment straight from investors and experts from the Rubik Hub community. For the following 6-18 months, the investment experts in the Rubik Hub team will support the founders every step of the way, with the operational side, becoming their investment department.
Rubik Garage offers the following benefits to the selected founders:
Overall, Rubik Garage, the equity-free accelerator for startups in CEE and SEE, offers the selected founders the following benefits: