[Call for Applications] Katapult Accelerator Programme

7 July - 16 October 2023

Start your application now and take a big step towards reaching your business goals!

Over 3 months, Katapult will support up to 20 startups (segmented into one of two streams – Ideation or Scale-up), matching them with industry experts and mentors with proven ability to grow companies.

Each startup will be assigned a Lead Mentor who will coordinate the startup’s overall mentoring plan, including an In-country Mentor and a Subject Matter Expert (leveraging additional mentors to address specific knowledge gaps).

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For general information about the Katapult Accelerator Programme, visit this entry.

Registration and Application Submission

After registering an account with a valid Tax Identification Number (PIB) and email address, submit a completed application questionnaire and the following documents:

  • Management resumes and a list identifying key employees or representatives.
  • List of existing shareholders and their percentage ownership (capitalization table).
  • Brief financial history/records.
  • Completed Environmental and Social Screening Questionnaire.
  • Ethics self-assessment checklist filled in and signed by the Applicant.
  • Financial statements for the most recent operating periods up to two years, if available.
  • Investor deck and/or business plan.
  • Pro forma financial model.
  • Indicative fundraising ask (amount and use of funds, e.g.)

Administrative and Eligibility Check – 1 week

After registering and submitting the application, the IF staff will conduct eligibility checks to ensure their completeness and compliance with the requirements of the program.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The Applicant is a legally registered business not older than six years at the time of applying.
  • The Applicant is a private sector (at least 80% privately owned), micro or small-sized company.
  • The Applicant must be majority owned (>50%) by the founding team of entrepreneurs.
  • The Applicant is not listed on the stock exchange.
  • The Applicant has not received financing from any other IF financing programme for the same or similar activities
  • The Applicant or its affiliated entity did not have revenues over €8,000,000 in any of the prior two years.

Pre-Selection – 7 weeks

Applications that meet eligibility criteria go through the Pre-selection phase carried out by the Selection Committee (SC).

The SC includes 3 external experts with extensive experience investing in startups.

A written assessment is also provided by one external reviewer, a subject matter expert with knowledge of the business or industry in question.

Live Pitch & Final Decision – 2 weeks

Final scoring, ranking, and selection decisions – including placement into Ideation or Scale-up stream – are made by the SC after live pitches by pre-selected applicants.

The best applications are offered a contract to join the Katapult accelerator and At-entry grants.

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