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Do you want to develop your startup? Are you a software developer ready to take up a challenge? Take part in HACK TOUR event, which will take place on September 13 in O4 co-working in Olivia Business Centre. Slush, Startup Sauna and Junction – well-known and highly-valued “brands” in the world of startups, software developers and innovations  have joined forces and travel Europe together giving participants (within HACK TOUR project!) a real chance for international development.

The representatives of Finnish startup ecosystem, one of the best in the world, together with startup environment from northern Poland: O4, Black Pearls VC, Project Startup, 3camp, Olcamp, Netcamp, Exea Smart Space – incubator of new technologiesstartup Gdynia zone, Pomeranian ICT Cluster Interizon are working on the third edition of the event, which can change the lives of many startuppers and software developers. Two previous editions were a great success, which, according to Startup Sauna’s representatives, is measured by the level of integration and cooperation of local community of innovators.

– It is still being discussed where the best climate for startups is, if we measure it with the size of the investment. In Nordic countries there live only 3 % of Europeans, but they generate investments of 50 billion euros. We think that two main keys are cooperation and synergy. Joint visit of three most important Finnish startup initiatives will be a classical demonstration of how we, in Finland, understand building a community – says Jan Bubienczyk from Startup Sauna.

– In O4 we greatly appreciate the visit of our Finnish friends. This event doesn’t only perfectly summarise the current state of local startup sphere, but also integrates our whole environment in a positive way. What is more, it is good to see yourself through someone else’s eyes; I’m saying it both from the perspective of the whole community, but also particular, presented innovations. Hack Tour 2017 is like Olympic Games, in which participation is already a victory itself. It is so thanks to, among other things, a direct and honest conversation with people, who have practically unlimited possibilities to support an idea, or even to help conquer a global market – says Marta Moksa, Managing Director O4, co-organiser of Hack Tour 2017.

Startups: international investors at your fingertips

A unique value for startups which participate in HACK TOUR EUROPE is a chance to present themselves in front of international and Polish investors. Among this year’s mentors there will be Pontus Stråhlman – a member of FiBAN management board, an extremely buoyant organisation, which consociates Nordic investors, Peter Horsten – a founder and CEO of Goyello, Izabela Disterheft – CEO of INTERIZON, Józef Balicki – manager, advisor with many years of experience in the scope of capital investments, Matti Kari and Jarmo Kuusivuori – experienced entrepreneurs and investors. Top 15 startups will present their ideas in front of mentors and will receive a reliable feedback. Top 5 startups will conduct an individual conversation with every mentor. Additionally, they will have a chance to win tickets for SLUSH conference. If someone does REALLY well, they can be chosen and go for a 7-week acceleration to Startup Sauna in Helsinki. This Finnish accelerator implements, for example, an intensive programme called “go-to-market-strategy”, which actively supports startups in transforming technology into business. So far, it has helped more than 220 young entrepreneurs, who managed to get financial help amounting to 200 million dollars.

– We observe a constant development of our local ecosystem of innovations. Many of our entrepreneurs are already ready to try to face the world. We believe that direct meeting with the representatives of one of the best international accelerators will be the next step towards success. We are glad that they don’t have to go to Berlin or London, but they can just  go to Gdańsk, which is less than two hours away from us – comments Paweł Harajda from OLCAMP Association in Olsztyn.

Junction for software developers

During HACK TOUR EUROPE software developers will have a chance to participate in workshops conducted by Junction – an organiser of one of the biggest hackathons in the world. Participants will try to take up a challenge of one of local ICT companies (within 4 hours). This year’s Junction is not only a chance to promote themselves in the environment of employers, but also a chance to win an invitation to a hackathon in Helsinki, which will be held in November; including reimbursement of travel costs.

– Tricity environment of software developers has another chance to prove that we really are among world leaders. Our engineers and IT specialists create a harmonious and active environment and Junction can be an interesting lesson and another experience for them. I believe that the more opportunities to learn and take up challenges creatively, the better it is for participants and companies, in which they work – adds Krzysztof Moszyk from 3camp.

Intensive Wednesday afternoon

HACK TOUR EUROPE will start on September 13, at 4:00 pm in O4 (co-working in Olivia Business Centre, Olivia Four building). Startups will present themselves (a 3-minute pitching) in front of the mentors and then they will talk about their projects in a form similar to speed-dating. Simultaneously, software developers will be fighting against time and struggling with their task.
An integration party for all participants and organisers will top out the event. The event will be held in English.

Event’s schedule: http://startupsauna.com/local-event/gdansk-poland

I must be there. How can I register?

You can register for Startup Sauna presentation, Junction workshops and Slush event here: https://slush.typeform.com/to/zO6zDk.

Don’t hesitate, recruitment ends on September 6!

More information is available at local event’s partner’s place in O4.
Contact: Marta Moksa, marta.moksa@oliviacentre.com


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