2016 Next Step Challenge Accelerator Programme for Entrepreneurs ( €250,000 Prize)

Application Deadline: September 30th 2015

Next Step Challenge is an international competition for startups working within the fields of next-generation energy and digital products and services.

Next Step Challenge offers businesses the opportunity to take full advantage of a unique digital infrastructure.

Are you a startup in Digital Health, Smart Energy, Smart Home or Communication? Apply now to Next Step Challenge – Europe’s most ambitious and unique business development program with a grand prize of €250,000! Next Step Challenge is an international competition for startups working within the fields of next-generation energy and digital products and services.

Eligibility Requirements:

 

  • To take part in the Next Step Challenge you must have a strong idea and the will to make it happen.
  • They are looking for startups and people with true business courage. Startups should be ready to disrupt the market and aspire to change the lives of the people they reach – or even to change the world.
  • Participants have to relocate to Next Step City for a minimum of five months to take part in the Challenge. Office space and accommodation will be provided.
  • Participants must relocate minimum 2 people from the management team.
  • Participants from outside the EU must be able to obtain all necessary permits and travel documents.
  • Since the coaching and mentoring is in English, it is required that participants have the language skills needed to receive the full benefit of the training sessions

 

Prizes

  • The grand prize of up to €250,000 for the winning startup makes Next Step Challenge the biggest entrepreneur prize in Europe
  • All 10-15 startups who qualify for the six-month program receive a business development package worth approximately €100,000
  • All Next Step Challenge participants are enrolled in an extensive six-month business development program that guarantees:

Benefits

  • Two months of preparation where your business is currently located and five months on site in Next Step City
  • EUR 30,000 in seed financing (based on a due diligence) when you relocate to Next Step City
  • Individual mentoring by external business experts from leading Danish and international companies
  • 200+ hours of personal business training from experienced Accelerace consultants
  • Learning labs and workshops where you will get intensive training designed to maximize your business potential
  • The opportunity to test technology on +260,000 households using one of the world’s most advanced digital infrastructures
  • Free office space in Next Step City with access to high-speed broadband
  • Free housing in the region during the five-month relocation period (up to three people)
  • Rich opportunity to qualify for further financing from Accelerace and other Danish seed funds
  • A Founders pack with resources and tools worth EUR 50,000+
  • The benefit of a collaborative business environment featuring ambitious companies like your own
  • And much more

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2015 Next Step Challenge Accelerator Programme

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