Festival of Innovation: open entries for two competitions – prize pool 19,000 BAM

Author: Nikolina Zeljko | Category: Events | Posted: 16.10.2019
Do you have an idea on how to improve life in Mostar and want to implement it, but have no resources? Or are you a young entrepreneur with an innovative startup that needs help? SPARK has a solution for you in the form of two competitions with a total prize pool of 19,000 BAM. We’re talking about hackathon and startup competition, which will be held as part of the Festival of Innovation from 4 to 8 November 2019 at SPARK and Mostar Hotel. If you are interested, read on and see which competition would be best for you. Competition: Next Innovation Hackathon Time: 4-5 Nov 2019 Place: SPARK, Mostar The week will start with the Next Innovation hackathon, where great products are created in just 24 hours. Competitors will show their IT and business skills while developing innovative solutions on topic Mostar - Smart City. This topic implies innovative solutions in the areas of culture, tourism and generally Mostar life improvement. With the support of the City of Mostar, this way you can solve problems in theaters, concerts, tourism, traffic and the like. A total of six teams will work on product and service development (eg mobile, web and desktop applications) and prizes are truly compelling: 5,000 BAM, 3,000 BAM and 1,500 BAM in cash. For 24 hours, each team should design and create their own product and afterward, demonstrate their work. We are looking for developers and gamers, but also people with a business background, marketers, project managers who could contribute to the business side of the solution and win these fantastic prizes. You can apply through the application form in a team of a minimum of three and a maximum of six people, not later than 30th October 2019. Competition: Next Startup x BETAPITCH startup competition Time: 7-8 Nov 2019 Place: SPARK and Mostar hotel This competition is a must-attend for all startups as it is a global startup competition by betahaus in Berlin. It is held in more than 12 cities across Europe, with winners from each city going to Berlin to meet potential partners at Investors Day, as well as to compete with other startups.  Other than winning the trip to Berlin, the best startup in Mostar will also be awarded 5,000 BAM in cash, which will come in hand with launching a startup. The second best startup wins 3,000 BAM in cash, and the third one 1,500 BAM. Do not miss the opportunity to present your innovative and exciting product to investors, media representatives and other participants. Find investors, promote your brand, build business relationships, expand your network and get inspired by others. We are looking for 8-12 startups that can apply no later than 30th October 2019. Accommodation costs for selected startups are covered by SPARK, while you can apply for the Western Balkans Mobility Fund to cover your transportation costs. As part of the Festival of Innovation, we will also organize a two-day workshop on cultural innovation for employees of the City of Mostar, and the Next Thing conference for anyone interested in high-quality lectures, exciting panels, startup workshops, and unique networking opportunities. Find more on this link. Festival of Innovation would be possible without the City of Mostar, NSoft, Sportradar, and Red Bull. Sign up for a hackathon or startup contest via the application form. #NextThingMostar #SPARKstartup #SPARKevent