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20 startups from Romania, Greece, Germany, the Czech Republic and other CEE countries have already signed up for Nextcelerator
• The registration period for the accelerator has been extended until February 28th, 2022
• Nextcelerator aims to support the most innovative technology businesses in the field of agriculture.
• Selected businesses will benefit from mentoring, training sessions, courses, business planning and connections with potential partners and investors.
Bucharest, February 17th, 2022: AgriTech startups in Central and Eastern Europe can sign up for Nextcelerator until February 28. Nextcelerator is a digital accelerator created by Agricover, SeedBlink and Microsoft in order to support startups in CEE which bring up the technologicalization of agriculture. Twenty AgriTech startups from Romania, Greece, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Kosovo have already signed up for Nextcelerator.
The registration period was extended until February 28th for the eligible businesses – the startups with a tested MVP.
Startups that have already signed up include marketplace projects, agrifood projects and farm process optimization projects.
"The figures* show that in 2021 agriculture occupied the first place among the industries with the highest percentage increase in the number of newly established companies - 262%! Thus, startups in the field of agriculture need a lot of support, and we want to offer that through Nextcelerator. We believe that our partnership with Microsoft and Agricover will provide entrepreneurs with a great mix of technology, finance and access to mentors with great experience in agriculture”, said Andrei Dudoiu, Managing Partner at SeedBlink.
Selected businesses will benefit from mentoring, training sessions, courses, business planning and connections with potential partners and investors.
Agricover, the Agribusiness market leader in Romania, will support startups in terms of business strategy. The partner validates the businesses’ MVP and facilitates the testing of ideas with important players, such as professional farmers and mentors. Moreover, Agricover offers training programs on finance management in Agritech business, refining a revenue model, scaling up strategy, writing a successful business plan, go-to-market strategy and leadership.
The European investment platform SeedBlink offers its experience in the field of financing, supporting startups with information about financing options, crowdinvesting campaigns and important lessons learned from over 50 such campaigns.
Experts from Microsoft for Startups provide technology mentoring, covering topics such as intellectual property, technology and product development, and building successful partnerships with technology vendors.
*Source: KeysFin Macro Update Report, startupcafe.ro
Agricover is the leader of the agribusiness market in Romania, driving innovative solutions that transform the business and farmers’ life in the long run, creating progress and prosperity at a social scale.
Right from its establishment, the Agricover Group aimed at serving the Romanian farmers and providing them with innovative solutions, so that they may sustainably strengthen their productivity, by having access to performant agricultural technologies on an international level, financing solutions adapted to the specifics of the agricultural area and digital agriculture services.
Agricover Holding SA includes Agricover SA (specializing in the distribution of agricultural technologies), Agricover Credit IFN SA (the non-banking financial institution specializing in farmers’ funding) and Agricover Technology SRLthrough which the Group provides the farmers with access to the latest innovations in the world digital agriculture, thus facilitating them the transformation of the way they carry out their daily business so that they can make real-time decisions.
SeedBlink is the fastest growing investing platform specialized in sourcing, vetting, financing, and scaling European tech startups. Our vision is to shape Europe’s tech future by creating an investment platform that has the reach of crowdfunding, the flexibility of angel investors, and the structure of venture capital.
SeedBlink's community is at the heart of the platform's success, along with a rigorous selection of emerging technology startups & their passionate teams. We aim to open investments in startups and do this by building a modern platform, a tech-savvy community, and the network and expertise to grow companies post-investment.
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PublishedFebruary 18, 2022
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