MITA YouStartIT Validator

What is the MITA YouStartIT Validator?

The MITA YouStartIT Validator, in short ‘Validator’, is a pre-accelerator programme first launched in April 2019. The programme is designed to help startup founders improve and validate their idea for a startup project. The Validator embraces the Lean Startup methodology with its “fail fast” concept. Up to 10 startup projects can be selected to participate in the programme. From these we will choose the best four to join the acceleration phase within the MITA YouStartIT Accelerator Programme and receive a pre-seed grant of up to €30,000 to continue the project.

Who should apply?
Teams with at least two founders and whose projects are still at idea stage. At least one founder must be technical. Startups who apply for the Validator Programme must be ready to take their project to the YouStartIT accelerator programme.

What ideas are we looking for?
Besides affecting people’s health and causing many deaths world wide, the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting the world economy severely. It is threatening jobs, changing social patterns and disrupting the way we do business. Some national GDPs are predicted to fall into a recession as low as -10%. However, Covid-19 is also increasing demand for the digitisation of the “new normal” and the fast-tracking of innovations and business continuity solutions in sectors such as healthcare, transport, retail, commerce, catering, enterprise tech and real estate, amongst many others.

We are therefore looking for founders with the mettle to re-invent themselves and the innovative ideas needed to exploit the opportunities presented by this changed scenario.

Programme 2020
This year’s programme will be run completely online by means of eLearning tools. The programme covers an externally sourced online Design Thinking course which participants must follow before starting the core Validator programme. The latter consists of eight sessions over four weeks, ending with a two-day bootcamp at the end of which participating teams will pitch their project to be selected for YouStartIT#6, starting in September 2020.

Sessions will be held twice a week and each session will last 1.5hrs. Topics covered during the core Validator programme are listed in the table below.

How to apply
To apply click on the green Apply Now button which will take you to the application form on the F6S platform.  Applications will close on Thursday 18th June at 23.59 CET.

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