Smart Start program supports highly promising teams in their efforts to validate their business ideas and demonstrate the future usefulness of their technology through the development of a first prototype or a minimum viable product.
The goal of the Smart Start program (Program) is to support highly promising teams in their efforts to validate their business ideas and demonstrate future usefulness of their technology through development of a first prototype or a minimum viable product (MVP).
The program Awardees will receive financial and mentorship support that will help them execute the first phase of market research, engage in product development, establish a business model and begin preparation for the next phase of fundraising. Furthermore, in addition to the mentorship support through the Program, if and where is applicable, the Innovation Fund (the IF) will organize a series of specifically targeted workshops that will help them deliver their projects successfully and better organize their operations and start-on their startups on the right foot.
Amount of financing:
Eligible Applicants for this Program are:
If financing is approved, the Applicants will be required to establish a limited liability company in accordance with the current Serbian Company Law. Furthermore, the newly established company must be 100% owned by at least 51% of the proposed team members who are residents of the Republic of Serbia and do not have any stake in any other company in the Republic of Serbia. The ownership percentage among team members is subject to their internal agreement.
In case the project is comprised of two team members, both proposed team members have to be residents of the Republic of Serbia, without any stake in any other company in the Republic of Serbia and if financing is approved newly established company must be owned by both proposed team members.
Each individual team member is limited to one implementing project within Innovation Fund Programs. Accordingly, the Application where team members/key personnel are also part of other implementing project within the Innovation Fund’s Programs will be disqualified from the further evaluation process.
Duration of the Program: All supported Awardees must complete their project activities within 6 to 9 months.
Area/sector: The Program is open to Applications coming from all sectors of the economy and all fields of science and technology. However, please keep in mind that this Program is aligned with the 2020 – 2027 Smart Specialization Strategy Serbia.
Necessary documentation: The complete set of necessary documents you can download is on the following page: Documentation – November 2023.
Applications are submitted via the Fund’s internet portal in English.