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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

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Blog Articles

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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What's Next, Europe?

In the startup world, Europe lags behind the US and Asia. Only 16 percent of unicorns come from Europe and the valuation of the European market is six times smaller than of the US market. One reason is its fragmentation. That is why we are organizing the SWCS event: to connect the business environment. The European Startup Initiative pursues the same goal, and its research points out that our old continent should promote mutual cooperation and foreign partnerships.

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Petr Šídlo: On Ethics in Business

Originally, we planned to ask Petr Šídlo, the founder of the Direct People innovation agency, about product development. However, the conversation gradually began to roll from the concept of MVP (Minimum Viable Product) to business ethics. We wondered if it was right to change human habits through products and instill the need in people to always be buying new things. Petr's answers were so interesting that we felt it would be a pity to leave them out, and that’s why we followed up on the first interview with this shorter interview.

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Petr Šídlo: Interview about Product Development, Getting Customer Feedback and Baking Apple Pies

Minimum viable product, or MVP, is the first functional version of a product that the company offers to its customers. You can imagine, for example, the first version of a new computer game or a sample model from a young designer's workshop. Thanks to MVP, companies can verify if people want their product and are willing to pay for it, in addition to finding out what they can do to improve it. Since the release of the book The Lean Startup, the term MVP has suddenly appeared everywhere. We asked Petr Šídlo, the founder of the innovation agency Direct People, what is so miraculous about this concept and how to work with it.

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Václav Pavlečka: What the CEO of an Investment Fund Thinks about the Startup Bubble

There have been fewer unicorns (startups with a valuation of 1 billion USD) in the American market since 2015. And even the ones that exist are not very strong. Nearly half do not even have the value of 1 billion USD, states the National Bureau of Economic Research. Still, many startups would die to become the next Facebook and many investors cannot resist a magic business opportunity. But isn’t the unicorn story just a fairy-tale? We asked Václav Pavlečka, managing partner of venture capital fund Air Ventures, what he thinks about the current state of affairs.

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Lukáš Balík: We knock on the door of the biggest players

From the financial point of view, the startup world is black and white. Either you get an investment and stay in the game, or you don’t get it and you are out. The global real estate market, which has more money than ever, is dog eat dog. Venture capital funds are starting to invest massively in real estate technology and compete for those they will give a chance to succeed. The Czech startup Spaceflow, which digitizes life in buildings, is now looking for a new investment. Spaceflow CEO Lukáš Balík told us how getting an investment in so-called proptech (property technology) works.

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Margareta Křížová: How to find an investor, prepare for a meeting, pitch and negotiate

The relationship between investor and entrepreneur is like any other: Trust, but verify. Speak and listen attentively. Look for chemistry and follow the intuition that tells you either to go for it or leave. Communicate your needs openly, but be willing to find a compromise. "An entrepreneur and an investor are equals. You bring the idea and work and the investor brings money. No one should feel tricked, "says Margareta Křížová, an experienced businesswoman, mentor and investor of time.

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Když podnikáte na trhu nemovitostí, je jen pár míst na světě, kde můžete váš byznys pořádně rozjet. New York patří mezi ně. Své o tom ví Jan Jílek, spoluzakladatel a ředitel obchodního vývoje…

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V Česku je málo ambiciózních podnikatelů, kteří usilují o společenský dopad. Nic však není ztraceno. Sektor sociálního podnikání se rozvíjí a lví podíl na tom má Silke Horak – investorka,…

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