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Finance Open Innovation Workshop
The interactive workshop is aimed at innovative companies (startups, scaleups, or large companies with R&D) who are looking for ways to fundraise the money needed to build their business. Experts from the leading startup and innovation advisory CIVITTA and innovation think-tank SOVVA will share with you the insights from successful companies in Central Europe and help you to address key challenges regarding financing your business:
- How should I fund my business?
- What are investors looking for?
- Is my business interesting for angel investors or venture capitalists?
- How to be successful when applying for public funding for innovation (e.g. from the EU Horizon 2020 program)
- What are the most common mistakes companies make when fundraising?

Day 1
Thursday, 18th February, 14:00 - 17:00
Introduction to fundraising
Michal Laco, Associate Partner at CIVITTA
Eva Simekova, Associate Partner at CIVITTA

Selecting the right fundraising strategy (bootstrapping, angel investors, or venture capital)
Michal Laco, Associate Partner at CIVITTA

How to avoid most common mistakes that startups do during fundraising
Terezia Jacova, Investment manager, Neulogy Ventures

What did we learn from the fundraising experience? The story of Airtester, the alumnus of Challenger Accelerator (Uplift Slovakia) that raised 750K EUR in 2020.
Matej Liptak, Founder at Airtester

How to prepare the right investment materials for different types of investors?
Jaroslav Leitman, Project Manager at CIVITTA
Discussion: Key takeaways and lessons learned

Day 2
Friday, 19th February 09:00 - 12:00
Target audience: The target group is start-ups, companies, universities, clusters.
Presentation of Horizon Europe, Daniel Straka, Executive director at SOVVA
Rules of participation and financing of projects, Peter Beňo, Horizon Europe Expert
How to prepare a competitive project - tips and trick, Daniel Straka, Peter Beňo
It will also be possible to arrange personal consultations for participants.
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