What do we offer

Project your scientific talent into the market and society by fostering your entrepreneurial spirit

We transfer the impact of your laboratory research into the market and society.

To do this, we connect you with seasoned entrepreneurs, building highly functional teams that combine the strengths of the scientific and business worlds resulting in deep-tech startups.

Who are we looking for?


 



  • Principal investigators, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students seeking to apply their academic career in the business world

  • Research teams with strong background in science or engineering

  • Demonstrated experience in Artificial Intelligence & Data Platforms, XR/3D, Blockchain, Internet of Things, Hardware & Robotics, Medical Devices, New Materials and/or 5G.

  • Technologies TRL 3-6

  • Commitment and availability to attend to programme’s training activities (some activities will be online).

  • NOTE: All candidates must be endorsed by the TTO of a Research Institution and the research group leader (Principal Investigator).


 


Challenges

To define the sectorial challenges of the current edition, we organized workshops with over 100 corporations from each of the verticals below. During these working sessions the companies helped us to identify the main problems that their industries face in upcoming future.

The Collider Award

We select the 15 best projects solving industry challenges and invite them to take part in the programme.

 

We focus on the technologies’ maturity stage, meaning that we reward the projects that are developed enough to start piloting and testing. Entering to The Collider helps universities and research institutions apply and test their scientific know-how in real life.

 

Apart from entering the programme, each scientific project also receives €2000 financial help from the Ministry of Business and Knowledge of Catalan Government to cover transportation, subsistence allowance, accommodation or any other expenses occurred as a result of participating in The Collider.

Programme Journey

The programme starts after we have selected the technologies that solve the sectorial challenges defined by over 100 corporations. 

Read here the rules of participation.

Opportunity Validation

Validate technology’s maturity, market fit and the degree of transferability

We will guide you through customer discovery process in which you will interact with +100 innovation managers from leading corporations to identify potential use cases of your technology. In this way, you can pivot the project to fit the actual market needs and solve industry challenges.

 

By the end of this phase more a committee formed by industry experts will select the projects that can move to the next stage, Business Validation. Those, who do not meet our selection criteria will still be able to interact with the industry contacts that manifested interest in their technology.

 

Duration: 2 months (48h aproximate dedication). 

Business Validation

For researchers with mature industry-validated tech projects that have an ambition to build a deep tech startup

 

We will team you up with experienced entrepreneurs and all together you will work on definition of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and business plan for your future startup.

 

During 12 weeks you will have access to specialized mentorship, coaching and access to MWCapital innovation network. You will also have a chance to launch pilots with corporations.

 

By the end of this stage our investment committee will select the projects eligible to set up their deep tech startup with up to €100.000 of seed capital from MWCapital investment fund. Further on as a part of our portfolio you can count on our support to plan a fundraising strategy to attract public and private capital (see participation rules to know more about conditions).

 

Duration3 months aprox (120 h aproximate dedication). 

Corporate Partners

FAQ

The programme is divided into 2 main phases. The first one is called Opportunity Validation and it sees all teams trying to prove the market’s true interest in their technological solution. The second phase is called Venture Building and it hosts successful teams from the previous phase, which go through startup incorporation and development of their industry pilots.
This is NOT a regular paid job offer, but an opportunity to found your own deep-tech company. Only the teams that successfully pass the full programmewill be incorporated into a startup and receive a salary at their own discretion. The actual value for participants comes in form of company ownership, reaching up to 70% shares exclusively for the entrepreneurial team.
We are looking for senior entrepreneurs (5-10 years) eager to tackle a new project with outstanding organizational, leadership and problem-solving skills. Also holding several years of experience in business development and team leadership. Candidates without entrepreneurial experience are encouraged to join the COO offer instead.
The Investment Committee takes place at the very end of the programme and is formed of external and internal sectorial specialists. They will hear all project pitches and decide which ones move on to become a startup with The Collider’s support.
All teams endorsed by the Investment Committee will receive a seed-investment of up to 100.000€, to face incorporation and execute their industry pilots. This funding will be provided in different installments based on each team’s performance.
As part of The Collider, all participants will receive a free full pass to 4YFN and entry on the last day to the Mobile World Congress. We encourage teams to take this opportunity to arrange as many meetings possible to prove the industry’s interest in their solution.
All startups that fulfill the whole programme, become part of The Collider’s portfolio, enjoying a wide range of benefits including office space and access to the Mobile World Capital’s network of corporations, investors and experts.