Innovation Starter Accelerator is a financing acceleration program, with a mandate to provide access to equity and quasi-equity financing to Bulgarian start-up companies with entirely private capital. The accelerator is powered by the team of the first Bulgarian innovation agency – Innovation Starter, which owns the projects Innovation Explorer Forum and Innovation Academy as well as the support of corporate partners.
Our vision is to focus on key high-priority sectors in the local economy with potential for disruptive and scalable innovation – including healthcare, education, care for the elderly, transport and logistics, frontier digitalization, FMCG – and to support their transformation through professional innovation management in high-potential start-up businesses.
Our end goals are growing these businesses to scale and establishing vertical or horizontal integration with well-established international companies and innovation leaders – in Bulgaria and internationally.
Cardinal Bites is a company that produces protein products with no added sugar, with a substantial protein proportion, immune-boosting probiotic, and traditional as well as up to date flavors. The first batches are rose, bee pollen and yogurt flavored. Find out more at: www.cardinalbites.com
Nosia Etno Ltd.
Nosia is a manufacturer and online shop, the leader in transferring the Bulgarian folklore into everyday garments in a fresh and modern manner. The company is being perceived as the leader in its category: Bulgarian garments with the so-called "shevitsa" (a Bulgarian traditional embroidery) in Bulgaria and the international market.
Find out more at: www.nosiya.bg
FMCG, Fashion, Online Trade
Cintelly is a niche company that developed a unique software instrument with an innovative concept aimed at analyzing the activity of clients in online and offline stores, via loyalty programs.
Find out more at: www.cintelly.com
ICT, Big Data, Online Trade
The investment approach in a company includes:
Newly-established Bulgarian enterprises with the potential to win a leading market position in their segments that create added value for the country
Early-stage projects that have their own innovation in technology, supply process, product patent
Potential or already existing sustainable competitive advantage on a global level (brand, innovation, unique product/service, know-how, etc.)
A product or approach that undoubtedly results in improvement of the quality of life in Bulgaria
Industries: Healthcare, Care for elderly, Education, Transport and Logistics, Digitalization, FMCG
Validated approach in the key sectors of the program
Sectors attractive for foreign investments in Bulgaria
Sectors with rapid growth potential and relatively low risk in the face of a new financial crisis
Sectors with potential for structural change and innovation or market consolidation
A successful business model that guarantees growth and profitability
Well-defined strategy and growth expectations: 3x+ annually, fast scale up and internationalization potential
Potential for top 3 in the segment
Excellent professional reputation
Founders with previous startup experience and domain expertise
Knowledge of the industry and network of contacts
Strive for high commercial performance
Quick “exits” opportunity
Preference for “exit” from the investment within 3 to 5 years
In addition, the accelerator will make a precise selection and will allow funding for "early entrepreneurs" ideas as part as the Innovation Academy, which show the potential to meet the conditions of the acceleration program.