JUMP for CEE

Entrepreneurial upskilling program for
your digital future!

Make your Jump into the World of Entrepreneurship

As the recent pandemic showed us, the digital economy is no longer the future. It is today. So if you come from the CEE region and want to be a part of the rapidly developing digital world, Jump for CEE is the place to be.

Build your own digital business:
– Share ideas
– Find teammates
– Get guidance from top-notch mentors
– Build a viable & scalable digital business

Take your digital skills to a whole new level:
– Learn about the business of startups from top industry experts
– Polish your existing skills to be a better match for the current digital environment

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What is this program all about?

Jump for CEE is a program where you can find everything you need for building a successful digital business: mentors, ideas, potential team members, and a lot of knowledge and expertise exchange.

The program embraces the three key phases that enable you to bring your idea to the real business world: Idea Hack Series, Hackathons, and Online Pre-Accelerator.

Step 1

Idea Hack

Join JUMP for CEE Idea Hacks to learn and understand where to start. During an Idea Hack event, you’ll learn how to come up with an idea that can be turned into a business opportunity, how to confirm assumptions, and shape your idea according to actual customer needs. You’ll get to share your ideas with experienced mentors and receive feedback on how to take the next step.

Step 2

Online Hackathon

Every product or solution starts with a minimum viable product. During 48 hours hackathon, you work on turning your idea into something tangible. You’ll get to develop your idea further, find additional teammates, and/or test a particular functionality in your existing product. In 48h you will get kick-ass mentoring and support to help you take a jump forward with your idea.

Step 3

Online Pre-accelerator

Go through a Pre-acceleration program to learn the basics of entrepreneurship and building a business. You’ll be able to learn more about the startup world, building your MVP, polishing the sales process, finding product-market fit, and fundraising. It’s an 8-week program for selected individuals and teams to get all the business basics in order to continue their entrepreneurial journey.

Join this inclusive community

Jump for CEE is a great opportunity to meet some of the most vibrant digital enthusiasts from the entire CEE region.

You’ll get to share your ideas, find potential team members, and learn step-by-step how to go from a small idea at the back of your head to building your own digital business. If you come from one of these countries Hungary, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Greece, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and you are fluent in English, have an entrepreneurial spirit, and basic digital skills, and want to be a part of the digital future, Jump for CEE will have your back.

Idea shaping

Learn how to generate and shape your ideas into a potential business

Entrepreneurship

Grow your entrepreneurial mindset to be able to build a digital company

Business basics

Build your team, set up your sales and marketing processes, polish your presentation skills

Networking

Learn from like-minded individuals, as well as experts and mentors

What is JUMP for CEE?

JUMP for CEE is an innovative digital workforce recovery & entrepreneurial upskilling initiative. The project aims to enable people negatively impacted by the Covid economic crisis to start exploring digital entrepreneurship as a pathway to fast job recovery. This initiative offers free access to best-in-class business idea generation and pre-acceleration by Startup Wise Guys under the guidance of experienced international mentors. This initiative is expected to contribute towards a stronger and more digitally and socially inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem across Central and Eastern Europe.
We are looking forward to working with anyone who has been affected by the covid crisis – any age and any background. JUMP for CEE is for people who want to start a completely new career to succeed in the digital economy or have their own business idea, for young parents who prefer to work from home, for recent university graduates who have difficulties entering the job market, or for people from socially disadvantaged groups and communities. This is an opportunity to go from nothing to starting your own entrepreneurial journey.
Jump for CEE is aimed at unemployed or otherwise economically vulnerable people. Throughout the program, participants will train their digital and entrepreneurial skills for faster personal and economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, ultimately developing their own digital businesses.

JUMP for CEE program is organized by Startup Wise Guys Foundation, a non-profit arm of Startup Wise Guys’ accelerator fund and was created to help existing and future startup founders to become entrepreneurs. Startup Wise Guys Foundation is a grantee of Google.org Impact Challenge Central and Eastern Europe 2021.

Get the best guidance you can

These and many others are the people you’ll get to work closely with throughout the whole program to shape your ideas and take the next big steps.

Cristobal Alonso

Business development, Company building, PERFORM methodology

Dag Ainsoo

Fundraising, building strategy and financials

Anni Saar

Legal advice

Camelia Isaic

Finance, investor relations, grant fundraising

Evita Kreile

Project management

Uldis Žeidurs

Product and technology

Razvan Suta

Business development

Zane Bojare

Pitching and marketing

Alexandra Balkova

KPI’s and Goal setting

Diana Butina

Product development, team building, leadership

Alona Belinska

Project management

Lauma Gailite

Business and collaboration software

Go from a dreamer to real-world entrepreneur with JUMP for CEE

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you have some ideas linger around your mind or you just want to change your career path towards digital entrepreneurship, don’t hesitate, and hit that “Apply” button below. Let’s make bring you a step closer to your digital future together!

Upcoming JUMP for CEE events

1 November, 2021

Idea Hack

3 November, 2021

Idea Hack

15 – 17 November, 2021

Hackathon

Eager to join, but still have some questions?

JUMP for CEE is a free-of-charge, digital workforce recovery and entrepreneurial upskilling initiative. It aims to enable people negatively impacted by the Covid economic crisis to start exploring digital entrepreneurship as a pathway to fast job recovery.

If you come from any of these countries Hungary, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Greece, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and you:
– are fluent in English;
– are digitally savvy;
– want to either start your own business or are thinking of changing your career path towards digital entrepreneurship;
– would like to turn the Covid pandemic crisis into an opportunity for fast forward own economic recovery;
join JUMP for CEE to get free access to best-in-class business idea generation workshops, hackathons, and pre-acceleration under the guidance of experienced international mentors from the Startup Wise Guys accelerator network.

No, you can participate as a listener as well. This program is aimed at those who have an entrepreneurial spirit, have some ideas lingering around their minds, or just want to change their career path towards digital entrepreneurship.

No, all of the JUMP for CEE program events are free of charge.

We expect your active participation. For each type of event, we understand the active participation a bit differently, but overall it includes pitching your business or idea (if you have one), preparing for the one-on-one sessions with mentors, reading the descriptions of the events, and what you need to prepare, watching videos and participating in workshops, filling in the feedback forms, giving back to the community and helping others.

Idea Hack is a 3-4h informal event after work on weekdays meant at getting feedback and initial mentoring. Ideas are pitched briefly in front of an online audience. It provides you an opportunity to get feedback from the panel (SWG, entrepreneurs, investors, etc.), improve your pitch and network. It is also meant for participants who do not have ideas but just want to listen and see where to begin their journey.

A hackathon is a 48h event for individuals and teams to meet other like-minded participants, form a team and find potential co-founders or collaborators, develop a prototype and validate their business, or test new functionality. During the hackathon teams go through workshops, mentoring sessions, check-points and finish the event with Pitch/Demo Finals in front of a jury. An online hackathon takes place entirely online, ensuring team collaboration with various online tools such as Slack, Zoom, and others.

It’s an 8-week program for those teams and individuals who will have had gone through at least one Idea Hack or Hackathon to get familiar with and get all the business basics in order to continue their entrepreneurial journey.

You’ll be able to learn more about the startup world, building your MVP, polishing the sales process, finding product-market fit, and fundraising. It consists of video content, workshops, one-on-one mentoring sessions, group sessions, and online community support from other participants and organizers.

Both events are meant for individuals or teams with an idea or early MVP, who want to get insights and feedback, as well a find potential new members to join their team. Or those who just want to listen and see how are these things happening! Idea Hacks focuses on giving the first feedback and polishing the problem/solution statements. However, during the hackathon teams will have to look for team members among other participants and already build the first prototype and MVP over the 48h.

You can pitch/present your idea only in 1 Idea Hack. If you want to be a listener, you can participate in both Idea Hacks. Or you can pitch your idea in one Idea Hack and be a listener in the other.

Yes, the program will be held online, no onsite activities are planned.

Most of the sessions will be hands-on mentoring and targeted to discuss individual ideas and provide learning value to the idea team and founders. Thus, we will not record this.

No, there are no industry/business vertical requirements! However, we would love to see:

  • those who have a business idea;
  • already have a business and would like to see how it can be digitalized;
  • change their career path towards digital entrepreneurship.

We are aiming this program for participants from 10 CEE countries: Hungary, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Greece. However, if you are not from these countries, we are still happy to have you as a participant!

During the JUMP for CEE program, you’ll be working closely together with experienced international mentors and experts of various nationalities from the Startup Wise Guys accelerator network and English is the common language that we use. Our aim is to support and give feedback to participants who have global ambitions, thus English is the way forward. Furthermore, it allows having a mentor and supporter network way beyond the CEE region.

There is no limited amount of teams or individuals who can participate in Idea Hack and Hackathon. However, we want to keep this event informal and cozy, so teams can get very hands-on mentoring, thus we are trying to invite as many mentors as necessary so all participants would have the opportunity to get feedback from several mentors.

There is no limitation, nor a minimum number. You will be able to apply to the online hackathon separately and compete for participation.

No, slides are not compulsory, just make sure you are able to present your startup/idea in a clear and structured fashion in less than 3 minutes.

Only those who will participate in at least 1 Idea Hack or Hackathon will be able to participate in Online Pre-accelerator. We want to make sure that we provide the best possible content and adjust it for teams participating in Online Pre-accelerator.

Startup Wise Guys Foundation is a non-profit arm of Startup Wise Guys’ accelerator fund. Foundations’ aim is to develop sustainable local and international startup ecosystems & to help existing and future startup founders to become entrepreneurs and build great international companies.

The program will last till December 2022. There will be 6 Idea Hacks, 3 Hackathons and 3 Online Pre-accelerators divided into 3 campaigns. Each campaign will start with 2 Idea Hacks, continue with 1 Hackathon and end with 1 Onlne Pre-accelerator.

The first campaign will last from November 2021 till the end of February 2022.
The second campaign will last from March 2022 till the end of June 2022.
The third campaign will last from September 2022 till mid-December 2022.

For more information about specific dates follow Startup Wise Guys social media accounts – Facebook and LinkedIn – or this page.

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