Eight teams have convinced the jury of KIC-Europe’s flagship programme, KIC-Autobahn, masterfully realized by KIC-Europe’s staff and its official mentors (meet our mentors here).

More than 25 startups and prospective teams applied to become a part of the first batch of the KIC-Autobahn Programme. They were attracted by the opportunities of getting support for their internationalization strategy, the validation of their business idea as well as benefiting from world-class mentorship from angel investors, startup coaches and industry experts.

On March 4th, 20 preselected applicants faced KIC-Europe’s jury members, including 7 nationalities and prominent experts in their own fields such as Ángel García, Partner of Startupbootcamp Barcelona ore the managing director Kaloyan Ratchev of Segments accelerators from Vienna .

They focused particularly on the business modelling, business pivoting and fast-track access to new markets. The 20 startups presented very prominent business ideas, but finally KIC-Europe selected 8 startups that have a true business potential and a truly scalable business model.

KIC-Autobahn is a tailored opportunity for Korean startups willing to expand to the pan-European markets, offering networking with big businesses and corporations, connections to international investors and policy makers. The Programme will include round-table discussions and startup pitches, offering a unique chance to conquer the European early stage funding market. The selected applicants will benefit from an exclusive roadshow in Europe, featuring 2 intimate events to pitch their products, services and technologies to European investors and corporations.

Our 8 selected companies are widespread in multiple verticals such as Mobile application, E-health, Smart tech, Wearables, Fintech, Green tech, Creatives, IoT, Cybersecurity and SaaS.

The selected teams differ in terms of maturity stage as well as in terms of the vertical sector they are targeting.

KIC-Autobahn has officially kicked-off on March 28th, moment in which our elite mentors will start their mentorship assignments with our first cohort, setting a blueprint for:

  • Guiding entrepreneurs into global concepts through a European softlanding programme;
  • Facilitating access to the best entrepreneurial ecosystems in Europe to promote their growth;
  • Improving the access to capital via early stage funding and corporate-startup collaborations.

KIC-Europe’s mentors will also help to define the teams’ roadmaps for the coming three months, with a clear focus to use the technology validation to build the right product and services, a fundamental step towards making their businesses investor ready.”  Legal and financial issues will also be covered during these mentorship sessions.

All throughout 2016, KIC-Europe will work restlessly leading European missions to the hottest startup hubs, featuring Koreans’ startup stars. Want to know more? Find out our KIC-Autobahn programme here.

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