Think Big is a programme addressed to entrepreneurs from the CEE region who pursue their ideas through innovative technologies. It allows them to work on their projects and products under the guidance of mentors and experts.
The programme is addressed to entrepreneurs from the SME sector with finished solutions (or at least working prototypes) in the form of physical or digital products and services in the following market areas: B2B, customer experience, IT & Technology. What is more, the participants must be based in the CEE region, in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary or Romania.
From among entries the jury will choose companies which will enter the competition. They will be given special tasks to complete from UPC and take part in in online workshops under the guidance of the programme’s mentors. Ten best companies will take part in special workshops and the Think Big Grand Final. At each stage of the programme, the selection board and jury will be assessing business potential, maturity, novelty and ingenuity of the solutions, as well as how well they synergise with the operating activities of UPC.
What are the benefits? All participants “will strengthen their brand image through association with leading market players, gain opportunities to exchange knowledge and establish business relations right from the first stage” – write organisers. The finalists “will have their business scrutinised by experienced mentors, who will help address the company’s deficiencies and outline the way forward to succeed on the CEE markets”. The winner will receive 10 000 EUR prize and will be able to grow their business as a partner to UPC Biznes. Furthermore, the Jury will hand out a special award of EUR 10 000.
More detail and application form are available at the UPC website