Do you have a business idea in mind? Start is the first step towards its successful implementation!
We'll help you get started, provide help, and be your guides from the idea to the customer-verified product or service.
What awaits you
Half a year of individual consultations with our mentors, focused on the following areas:
find out what you're good at
determine who you need in the team
determine what you want to achieve and why
define who your customers are
think about what your customers need
you’ll meet 10+ customers
If necessary, we will connect you with practitioners or workshops where you can make a prototype. You will gain interesting experience and basic business awareness.
Frequently asked questions
How long does the Start take?
You can work on your idea for 6 months (with the possibility of a two-month interruption).
When can I apply?
The GL Start applications are accepted all year round, because each idea needs a different time to mature. However, if you are thinking about continuing with the GL Accelerator, it is best to register already between spring and summer.
Who can apply?
In fact, anyone. If you have an idea and the necessary dose of desire and strong will, get down to it with us! We have only one condition - you must be from the Moravian-Silesian Region (or your future company will be based in this region).
What type of projects or ideas can apply?
Innovative business ideas or projects with greater than local potential. We evaluate all submitted ideas carefully and choose those we can really help.
How much will it cost me?
That is quite an important question. The value of the entire program and all related services is CZK 50,000, but participants have the program as such free of charge. However, in case that your project gains a private investment, the GL organizer will be entitled to 2% of the invested amount, up to a maximum of CZK 250,000.
Am I automatically eligible to participate in the GL Accelerator after completing the GL Start?
No, you will have to go through the standard enrolment. However, successful completion of the GL Start greatly increases the chances of admission to the GL Accelerator.
Who is in charge of the program?
The Innovation Support Centre of the VSB - Technical University of Ostrava is the organizer. We implement the GL with the support of the Moravian-Silesian Region and other external partners.