Hubble is an acceleration program that aims to find out “great ideas” and to finance them through recurring calls. Its purposes are the scouting, tutoring, mentoring and starting up/business acceleration of the best entrepreneurial ideas in Tuscany, Italy and Europe. The program is focused on projects with a significant impact on the digital market and with possible positive future consequences on the development of the Metropolitan Area of Florence, especially regarding to the following themes: sharing economy, smart city solutions, IoT, energy, Saas, mobile app, circular economy, health, bioinformatics.
It’s addressed to physical people organized in teams or innovative startups and SMEs who want to develop and implement their products/services, facing new challenges related to the scale-up phase. The winning projects, from a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 15 each year, will receive a grant, which amount varies from 10.000€ to 50.000€. The grant will be used for services and activities, such as development of business model, company foundation, marketing, employment, specialized consultancy, internal costs for employees and co-working space in Nana Bianca. Transfer of resources will be available in tranches depending on specific milestones.
Winning teams need to attend to training courses; Foundation for Research and Innovation is in charge of managing the training program. Main topics developed along the duration of the program are:
- Online marketing: managing of online campaigns
- Financial channels: how Business Angels and Venture Capitals work
- Business Modelling & Business Planning, Pitch deck: how to impress investors
- Fundraising: how to choose between private and public instruments
The Hubble acceleration program is 16 weeks long, and offers maximum 5 grants for each call.
“We look far and beyond to find talented entrepreneurs and support their growth”
1st call – closed – deadline April, 10th 2017
These are the winning startups and their projects (italian version only):
2nd call – open – deadline September, 25th 2017