Blog & News

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Chapter 1


January - February 2018

#Idea #Motivation #Hot markets
#Business plan

Chapter 2


March - April 2018

#Presentation Skills #Elevator Pitch
#Silicon Valley Pitch #First Investment

Chapter 3


May - June 2018

#First Steps #Strategy
#Marketing Tips #Development

Chapter 4


May - June 2018

#People in Startup #Team #Recruitment
#Company Culture

Chapter 5


September - October 2018

#Acceleration #Next rounds of investments
#Continuous contact and negotiation with investors

Chapter 6


November - December 2018

#Scaling #Networking #Establish partnership #Expansion into new markets

Blog Articles

If You Don’t Create Value, Don’t Do Business

When you google the phrase "how to write a great value proposition," you’ll be offered over 78 million results in less than a second. It might seem, then, that creation of a value proposition is a rocket science. According to Milan Šemelák, however, only paper, pen, two triangles and an approximately one-hour exercise will be enough to help you realize what your business is delivering to its customers. In this article, you will learn how to create a value proposition, but also who should write it, what you can use it for, and how often to work with it.

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How to build a startup team from scratch – advice from an experienced HR manager

Are you hiring new people and thinking of employing an HR specialist on full-time? According to one of the most experienced Czech HR managers Rostya Gordon-Smith, you should only consider this in case your company has around 100 employees. Until you reach this point, focus on other priorities.

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Focus on the Customer; Everything Else is Secondary, says UP21 Marketing Strategist

When carpets were sold in ancient Persia, the most successful merchant wasn’t the one who sold at the cheapest price or who shouted the loudest, but the one who could best explain to customers why his rug had the biggest value for them. Over the past two thousand years, this principle hasn’t changed. The customer should always be at the heart of every business. You might think this is crystal clear, but you'd be surprised how many companies completely forget about their customers. Milan Šemelák, who has created the UP21 incubator strategy, knows a lot about this.

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Why Incubators Should Give Startups More Freedom

"Entrepreneurship is not about taking care of someone like moms do. One needs to work hard and stand on one’s own two feet," says standout entrepreneur Jakub Tížek at the start of our interview. It may sound harsh, but according to him, the sooner you realize this, the better for you. If your company becomes successful, you won’t only be responsible for yourself but also your employees. So, how should you make the best use of the incubation period? That’s what the author of the Podnikni to! project that oversees 400 business ideas each semester will tell you.

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How to Create a Great Financial Plan

When we talk about financial planning, most people imagine complex mathematical calculations and endless Excel spreadsheets, not to mention equations that never seem to match. We won’t pretend that creating a financial plan is easy peasy lemon squeezy. Indeed, it requires hard work, but the time and effort you invest into creating a good plan definitely pay off, since it's the most important document alongside your business plan.

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Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Financial Planning

Creating a financial plan is a chore, no doubt about it. While even experienced analysts can create one in a week, entrepreneurs and beginners might spend three weeks on it. You might think, is it really worth it? "Yes, definitely. If you make a good financial plan, it will show you whether you should start your business or drop it, " says Martin Vapenik, the Chief Financial Officer at UP21, who has already seen hundreds of financial plans. We took him to task with an FAQ on financial planning.

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Spaceflow in New York: New Deals Already in 2019

While the Czech real estate market only slowly accepts new trends, the United States is a seedbed of new ideas in the real estate field. When proptech startup Spaceflow found out about the possibility to take part in a three-month acceleration program in New York funded by CzechInvest, they immediately signed up for it. Co-founder and Business Director Jan Jílek thus got the chance to gain priceless experience in a city with one of the world’s biggest real estate markets.

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Silke Horáková: The future belongs to investments with social impact

Silke Horáková used to be a classical investor. However, when she heard about the British fund Bridges Ventures that invests exclusively into projects with a social impact, she decided to found a similar fund in the Czech Republic. It was 2011; the sector of social entrepreneurship was in its infancy and impact investing was an unfamiliar concept. Step by step, she became engaged in building a new sector of social businesses and after eight years when the time was ripe, she co-founded the first social impact fund, Tilia Impact Ventures.

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Jan Ulč: Think twice about expanding abroad

Jan Ulč spent most of his life abroad and he came to the Czech Republic only because GE Energy appointed him as a Business Development Director for Eastern Europe in 2008. Since then, he’s been getting accustomed to the Czech environment and trying to incorporate the knowledge of international business he has gained around the world. As the CEO of CROSS Network Intelligence, he wants to conquer foreign markets from Prague. In the interview he explains why this is just a short-term strategy and why every globally-minded company ultimately has to move abroad.

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