IRA is a 6-month startup acceleration program, designed to train and support innovative early stage companies through the fundraising process, typically from seed to series A round.
IRA program is inclusive and committed to enabling equality of chance for all entrepreneurs. Almost 50% of IRA participant companies feature women in top management and come from RIS countries.
Risk at the center of any business aspect. Understanding and managing risk is especially important for startups, as early-stage innovative companies are a synonym for high-risk ventures, ironically operating in a highly risk-averse environment. Private or institutional investors, banks and even clients are usually doubtful of innovative solutions when they need to put the money where their mouth is.
The main fundraising problem is not the lack of money available in the investment market; it is the intolerable amount of startup risk!
Our 360º approach to investment readiness is based on Zero Risk Startup methodology, tackling key startup elements (market, legal, financial, team, operational) through risk lens. This unique approach is a result of our 20+ years of combined extensive experience and expertise in the European and international early-stage innovative entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem.
Over the years, we have organised 100+ investment readiness academies in most of Europe, Northern Africa and Middle East, supported 1000+ startups, engaged 200+ active private investors and investment representatives, and invested directly in 50+ companies.
“The EIT Investment Readiness Accelerator (IRA) is what I was looking for as an entrepreneur. Thanks to IRA Academy, run by Connectology, I had the chance to know more about social, legal, financial and psychological issues related to investments. I am looking forward to opening my first fundraising round…”
Ennio Andrea Adinolfi, CEO
“As Cezigue was our first entrepreneurial adventure, going through the IRA program was a strong accelerator in terms of both knowledge and support. Thanks to the very interesting interventions, the audits, and training we were able to organize our company in order to face the future challenges and really prepare ourselves to face investors. Special thanks to the Connectology team for their availability and strong support and Matt C. Smith, a fantastic host. Not to mention the other start-ups from the cohort that boost motivation and open a bit your horizon in a phase you are focused on your company and market. You are not alone. I would recommend everyone to go through IRA, the value you will grasp is worth the time invested.”
Sebastien Tricoire, CEO
“It has been an intense program with continuous learning opportunities with fresh perspectives. We have been connected to many mentors who supported us all through the process and beyond. IRA was an amazing experience for us.”
Lal Polater, Co-Founder
"The Connectology program has given us the opportunity to get in touch with experts possessing years of industry experience in the relevant verticals and broad knowledge of current innovation topics. The program has also provided us with an additional path to potential business through their valuable network."
Michael Striligas, CEO
“Very relevant program brought by experienced players in the start-up scene with a great energy. Intense program, but time very well spent!”
Noel Jans, Chief & Technology Knight