In classic Krakow folklore, a ruthless dragon once terrorized the city. The legend goes that traditional thinking and classic methods that were predicted to destroy the beast had failed. The solution to successfully destroy the dragon required innovative thinking. There has been startup thinking in Krakow from its beginning. This legacy continues at the Dragons Cave Pre-Accelerator where instead of slaying dragons, the program intends to help you conquer the market.
The Dragons Cave Pre-Accelerator will develop 6 promising early-stage startups from Małopolska over the course of ten weeks with six workshops, extensive one-on-one mentoring sessions, testing concepts with partners and concluding with a Demo Day in front of the general public and invited angel investors. Founders of selected startups will develop an entrepreneurial mindest, learn tools and gain knowledge, find a product-market fit and create a roadmap for after the program finishes.
Lead Mentors Responsibilities:
- Working with 1 team throughout the entire program (Minimum 4 one-on-one mentoring sessions)
- Lead a workshop
May 23rd, 2019 – Dragons Cave Pitches At Cracow Tech Week
June 18th, 2019 – Dragons Cave Pre – Accelerator Info Day
June 23rd, 2019 – Deadline To Apply For Program
July 1st, 2019 – Selected Startups Announced
July 17th, 2019 – Workshop #1: The Tech Entrepreneur Mind
July 31st, 2019 – Workshop #2: Lean Canvas
August 6th, 2019 – Workshop #3: Powerful Pitching
August 13th, 2019 – Dragons Cave Office Hours
August 23rd, 2019 – Pitch at Summer Jam 2019
September ??? Workshops #4: Project Management
September ??? Workshop #5: MVP
October ??? Workshop #6: Recruitment & Financing
October ??? Dragons Cave Office Hours
October 24th, 2019 – Demo Day during Krakow Startup Week 2019
Dragons Cave Workshop Program
The Krakow Tech Entrepreneur Mind
Date: July 17th, 2019 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Description: The program opens by setting high expectations for founders and dispelling any illusions that entrepreneurship and startups will be easy. Here we outline the skills and approach founders need to be successful, especially in our Krakow setting.
Business Model Canvas & Legal/Tax Bootcamp
Date: July 31st, 2019 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Description: In the second session, founders will roll up their sleeves and get straight to the hard work developing their business plan along with the many back end requirements to operate a firm. Founders without a validated business model, a registered company and accounting capacity will be supported in achieving these needs.
Storytelling, Pitching & Marketing
Date: August 6th, 2019 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Description: In the third session, founders will begin crafting a message that will communicate their business to the world, develop a brand and expected to grow their marketing reach. Startups will all deliver a 3-minute pitch at the workshop.
Operations, Project Management & Sales
Date: August 28th, 2019
Led by: Wiktor Sarota, Wiktor Warchałowski, Itamar Zabari
Description: Half way through the program, founders will refresh their strategic objectives, create KPIs, begin using a project management tool, forecast growth and push to sell their project to partners and potential clients.
Date: September 11th, 2019
Led by: Bartosz Józefowski & Krakow Technology Park Team
Description: The operations team from Małopolska’s most respected accelerator KPT ScaleUp arrive to give startups a final push toward launching a functional MVP.
Recruiting, Financing & Accelerators
Date: September 28th, 2019
Led by: Innovation Nest Team
Description: Startups conclude what their goals are for the Demo Day and outline plans post program including review of full accelerator opportunities. We are joined by a Venture Capital firm and recruitment expert to guide teams into the future as the program concludes.
Dragons Cave Demo Day
Date: October 24th, 2019
Location: Plac Nowy 1
The Dragons Cave Pre-Acceleration Program comes to a grand conclusion at Wawel Dragons Cave Pitch during Krakow Startup Week 2019 on Friday, October 25th, 2019. The event takes places in the -1 level of Hotel Forum where program partners, angel investors and the general public are invited to hear the startup final pitches. The event focus on both substance and audience experience that will create a memorable finish to an intense program. Startups are expected to fully leverage the Demo Day toward their goals.
Support Mentors Responsibilities:
- Teach during workshop in your area of expertise
- Available to meet with teams upon request (4 one-on-one mentoring sessions)
The deadline to apply for the program was on June 23rd, 2019 at 24:00.
However, if you are an early-stage startup interested in receiving support from #OMGKRK, you can still fill out the Dragons Cave form.