Working with startups has always been a big part of our work. We are not just teaching, mentoring and looking for new opportunities for them but we also can learn a lot. About new technologies, how to react fast to the change on the market, what lean really means and on how to make the inner team like a part of the family.
It is all of that and their ability to change, is why companies are very interested in working with startups in any capacity. Because of that need we need to always be involved in different projects and the startup scene.
One of those opportunities to display traditional business the startup world of constant innovation happened in Graz. Where Transformation Lighthouse together are leading acceleration program with Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark.
As the leading bank of the state of Styria, Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark (RLB) is supporting entrepreneurship, startups and industrial innovation across all industries.
They focused on early stage tech startups that develop interesting and innovative business models and technologies in the following acceleration areas:
- Sustainability/Health Tech
- Service based technology applications, e.g. in the field of AI, blockchain or platform solutions
- Data driven business models (including data security & data empowerment)
- Financial Services / FinTech
- New Way of Work / Collaboration / Culture
We are also very passionate about sustainability as you might know. So when opportunity presented itself to lead Climate Accelerator Beyond program on behalf of Bogatin group, we jumped on it.
ClimAcclerator is designed for companies, startups, university projects, non-profit organizations with solution that are having a positive impact on climate. The whole program is supported by Climate KIC and it envolves 5 different coutries Slovenia, Checzia, Serbia, Greece and Croatia. The whole program aims to support startups in 3 different stages. Early, mature stage and very mature.
CO-STAR captures the innovation techniques perfected in Silicon Valley for turning your brilliant ideas into powerful value propositions. It is our go to tool for startups and idea validation. The CO-STAR method was created by our partners the EDG group.
Answer the 6 questions of CO-STAR and create an awesome pitch and validate your business idea at the same time:
- Who is the Customer?
- What is the significant, high-impact Opportunity?
- What is your Solution?
- Who needs to be on the Team?
- What is your Advantage over alternatives?
- What Results will be achieved?