The historic first-ever Karel Janeček Foundation’s #threetwoone workshop has taken place in a picturesque valley in the village of Svatý Jan pod Skalou. Out of 81 applicants, a final 10 projects were selected that deal innovatively with a social issue in the field of education or active civil society. Participants in the Mentors’ Day included, for example, Daniel Franc from Google, Martin Hausenblas from the companies Adler and Liftago, and Libor Winkler from RSJ. In the autumn, the programme starts its second instalment intended for projects in a more advanced phase, which already have a prototype and their first users. The new accelerator obtained a licence from the international organisation Unreasonable Institute, which supports the development of incubators throughout the world. Accelerators were held at the same time in New York, Colombia, Spain, Nigeria, India, and Afghanistan.
The possibility of working in a concentrated manner with people who have longstanding experience as well as the chance to look at their project from various angles and to talk with genuine professionals in the field, sharing problems with other projects, and trying out practical tools for verifying a business plan… Welcome to the #threetwoone workshop!
“Starter projects that want to find a route to sustainable operations took part in the accelerator. The spectrum of projects was very interesting and varied. It demonstrates that in the Czech Republic we have a lot of creative people, who are striving to do interesting things and change our country for the better,” said Tomáš Řemínek, director of the Karel Janeček Foundation.
For example, the JOB organisation – an association for innovation, developed a system of long-term auxiliary educational activities for teachers and directors. The FINIFI project is dedicated to the idea of online tools for sharing reciprocal assistance in the event of floods or other disasters. With the aid of modern technology, the Na ovoce (“For Fruit”) organisation strives to rekindle people’s interest in fruit trees in the countryside. Young boys from the TechSophia organisation are working on a Timetable for a Child’s Development, which is a project for parents that recommends educational materials for their children. “We have a lot of ideas, which is sometimes a road to hell. At the #threetwoone workshop, we gradually realised what the main idea was and what we could begin working with in a short time. I appreciate the fact that we acquired specific processes and practical models, which we can put into practice directly. At the accelerator, with our colleague Alice, we came up with a so-called Wilderness Diary or a workbook with lots of ideas for families and children,” said Honza Froněk from the Tereza organisation when presenting the project Jděte Ven (“Go Outside”).
How was it done?
The first two days comprised a very intensive workshop focused on Lean Canvas and prototyping under the direction of Juraj Kováč, the man behind the StarteR! Programme. They dealt with issues such as: Who are my customers? What problems do they have? Are customers willing to pay for a product? Why is my product/service good for customers? How quickly can a prototype of my product or service be created and tried out? Participants found out the answers to these questions during discussions with potential customers… There was also a very interesting workshop with Petr Jezevec Pouchlý from the company Court of Moravia, who prepared them for important meetings with mentors and possible investors. The final and very beneficial workshop was called Financial and Strategic Planning, which was conducted by Zdeněk Hornych, the founder and CEO of the company SOCIFI.
Experienced mentors devoted their time to participants at the #threetwoone workshop. They included Google programme manager Daniel Franc, the founder of the companies Adler and Liftago Martin Hausenblas, the executive director of Czech Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, the private investor and co-owner of Albatros Media, Silke Horáková, the founder of the Rekola system of shared pink bikes, Vítek Ježek, the chairman of the board of directors of the company RSJ, Libor Winkler, the co-founder of the company Pragulic, Tereza Jurečková, the founder of SOCIFI.com Zdeněk Hornych, the head of KISK Petr Škyřík, Zdeněk Štěpánek a lecturer with the Libchavy Coaching Academy (Koučink akademia Libchavy), and the coach and consultant Milan Pařil.
“We are very positively surprised,” said Martin Hausenblas, a mentor for the #threetwoone workshop. “The representatives of the selected projects came to the #threetwoone workshop with a raw idea and in the course of the mentors’ day their ideas and opinions began to change. The #threetwoone workshop is a very commendable achievement. If Karel Janaček sticks with this initiative, then there is nothing else for the Czech Republic to do than become another Silicon Valley. If something like this existed when I was starting out, I would be a lot further along than I am today.”
Participating projects at the #threetwoone workshop:
Jděte ven, FINIFI, Prázdninová škola Lipnice, TechSophia, Na ovoce, Ucare, reSITE, Edumapa, SvobodaUčení.cz, JOB – spolek pro inovace (an association for innovation).