The „Sector 3.0” Innovation Fund is a program that supports creation of new online tools meeting needs of non-profit organizations, and offers authors of such tools support in two ways.
First is the so-called incubation or professional consulting, training and mentoring which facilitates working out the idea and creating a consistent concept. During five weekend meetings, the authors can benefit from assistance of experts who are experienced in creation and development of online products.
At the second stage, selected authors can obtain funds of up to PLN 50,000 for implementing their idea. Decision on who shall get the money will be made by the Committee including representatives of Intel, Deloitte Digital and DELab of University of Warsaw.
What ideas are we looking for?
This year, we are looking for new online tools that, for example, will improve everyday work and effectiveness of NGOs. In particular, we attach special importance to solutions that fit into the concept of sharing economy. Sharing economy is an economic phenomenon that consists in joint use of various resources (including equipment or office space) by making them available to others when they are not used by the owners.
“Sharing economy is not only economy of sharing products, services or property; it’s also a lifestyle, a way of thinking and evaluating. Welfare not necessarily has to be defined by owning things but also by having access to them,” says Dr. Natalia Juchniewicz of University of Warsaw.
A good example of sharing economy is a city bikes system. Over 500,000 users can use 4,600 city bikes in Warsaw. Thanks to that idea, more people can use them, and at the same time, they do not have to cover the cost of buying them.
In November, after the enrollment has ended, the incubation stage shall start. During series of weekend workshops that will be held up to mid-January, the participants will learn how to:
- Carry out a survey on needs of users and customers;
- Make a prototype and mock-up of the product basic version;
- Make a manufacturing and budgeting plan;
- Develop a model of tool maintenance and development;
- Prepare a marketing strategy;
The workshop meetings are scheduled on November 25, December 2, December 9, December 16, January 13, and the Finals on January 19. The incubation workshops will be held at Google Campus Warsaw.
The space for startups in Warsaw’s Praga shall make an inspiration for potential „Sector 3.0” Fund beneficiaries and give opportunity for networking with institutions that already operate there. Participation in the incubation is not obligatory but it will be awarded with extra points in evaluation process by the Committee of Experts.
Projects to be awarded with grants will be selected during the Finals on January 19, 2018. The event will be held in form of an investor pitch, a popular form of persuading investors in startup environment, that consists in a short, up-to-the point and figurative presentation with which the author tries to persuade members of the Committee that his idea is the best.
Organizations that have an idea of a new, innovative tool can apply individually or in teams with representatives of companies and independent specialists from technology sector. A team shall consist of 2-5 people, and at least one of them (acting as the project coordinator) shall represent an NGO.
Applications to the Fund can be submitted on a special form published at: sektor3-0.pl/fundusz. The deadline for applications is on November 15, 12:00hrs.
Next, the applications will be analyzed by the committee and the best of them will be accepted for the incubation process. For more information contact the organizer through the Fund website.
Partners and prize
This year, the Fund partners are Intel, Google Campus Warsaw and Gerere. Additionally, the project teams will receive substantive support from Ladies that UX, and Code for Poland communities. The total prize pool in competition is PLN 100,000, and maximum grant for a project is PLN 50,000. The fund is a part of the „Sector 3.0” Program of Polish-American Freedom Foundation, managed by the Information Society Development Foundation.