Podgorica, Montenegro (PRWEB) May 07, 2014
In preparation for the Spark.ME conference, the .ME Registry, operator of the .ME Internet extension, is organizing a Startup School, which will be held on June 17-18 at the hotel “Mediteran” in Budva, Montenegro. The school is powered by hub:raum for CEE, the Innovation Hub of Deutsche Telekom Group, and it is envisioned for startups in early phases of development (before their first investment), regardless of the phase of product development they are currently in.
“When we started Spark.ME in 2013 we were focused on unlocking attendees’ creativity through a series of lectures and through the startup competition“, says Predrag Lesic, the CEO of the .ME Registry. “As a result new ideas and friendships were born and eventually we learned that many attendees created startups themselves. This year, we want to go one step further and help them put their ideas to life. Together with John Biggs, the East Coast editor of TechCrunch, and in cooperation with of hub:raum we decided to launch the Spark.ME Startup School. It is a two-day course on startup development, open for applications to anyone willing to learn about new technologies and online entrepreneurship. We truly believe that this will bring added value to the Spark.ME conference and inspiration to entrepreneurs and businesses in the CEE region”.
Luka Sucic, hub:raum Krakow BusDev & Evangelist adds: “Our mission is to find promising early stage startups and then help them polish their product and find the right business partners within Deutsche Telekom. Cooperating with the .ME Registry we have learned that there is a lot of innovative talent in this part of the CEE region. Therefore, it is a logical step forward for us to support educational programs, like the Startup School, and motivate creative minds to embark on a startup journey”.
The Startup School lecturers are seasoned venture capitalists, Internet evangelists and technology advisers led by John Biggs, a prolific technology writer. Since the focus is on early-stage startups, the school will mainly cover topics related to the growth and development of the idea, life cycle of the startup and finance options.
The Startup School is free for all participants but it does not include travel and accommodation costs. The application period is open from April 15, 2014 until May 31, 2014 and all applications should be submitted at contact(at)spark(dot)me, with the subject line “Application for Startup School”. The list of startups admitted to the school will be published on June 6, 2014.
To read more about the Startup School, please visit http://spark.me/startup-school/.
More information about hub:raum for CEE is here, and about its accelerator here.
Spark.ME is an interactive conference organized by the .ME Registry with the aim of encouraging Internet entrepreneurship in the region of the Central and Eastern Europe. The conference features a long list of renowned speakers from all over the world, a Startup Competition and the Spark.ME Startup School. It is held on June 19-20, 2014 in Budva, Montenegro.
About the .ME Registry:
.ME Registry (the d.b.a. of doMEn, d.o.o.) was chosen by the government of Montenegro to operate the new .ME domain name extension. .ME Registry partners include ME-net, GoDaddy and Afilias Limited. Me-Net is a Montenegrin registrar and its founders are leaders of the ICT sector in Montenegro, who among other things participated in a successful privatization of Montenegrin largest ISP. GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, is the world’s No. 1 domain name registrar. Afilias Limited is headquartered in Ireland and is a leading registry services provider, supporting more than 15 million domains worldwide.