Wayra is one of the latest acceleration programs focused on Central and East Europe but not limited to it. The accelerator is based in Prague, Czech Republic, which is one of the most beautiful European cities and is home to security giants AVG and AVAST, gaming studios such as Geewa, Anamita Design or Bohemia Interactive, SaaS companies such as GoodData or ZOOM International, social media companies Socialbakers or Brand Embassy, mobile app studios such as Tapmates, Cleevio and many others
Their latest Global Call and the Academy in Prague has just opened and its ready for 10 digital startups (not only) from the CEE region, which can apply until 23rd of February 2014. Wayra has top-notch mentors with global expertise and connections to YCombinator, Ron Conway, Steve Blank and the like, 40k EUR funding, a cutting edge work space, well structured acceleration program, potential access to 300M customers of Telefonica and dedicated ground support. Apply at wayra.org/joinus.
This is how the process is flowing so far:
- Call opening: January 27th
- Call closing: February 23rd
- Evaluations: till 11th March
- Shortlisting: till 21st March
- Final Selection: till 28th March
- Moving to Wayra CEE: early April
The Czech Scene
The local investor community is led by Credo Ventures focusing on early stage CEE companies that has invested e.g. into Futurelytics, Apiary.io, Comprimato and exited Cognitive Security to Cisco. Companies founded by expats such as 360Cities or Mediastudio have also been doing well there. Wayra is assisted in it’s acceleration efforts by StartupYard, TechSquare, Node5, Impact Hub and JIC and StarCube in Brno and actively cooperates with all to share knowledge and resources.
There are many startup related events happening in Prague, with an increasing number being in English. To sum up, the Prague ecosystem offers rapidly expanding know-how, experience, opportunities and access to networks to all entrepreneurs set on conquering the global technology stage. And if a startup needs to venture to a more established location, Berlin is only a 4-hour drive and London a 2-hour flight away.