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InnoEnergy announces a pre-accelerator programme within the CEE

InnoEnergy, the innovation engine for sustainable energy across Europe, announces the second edition of the Primer pre-acceleration programme for early-stage start-ups. The main goal is to get innovators from the Central and Eastern Europe to build their entrepreneurial skills and prepare their businesses to enter the acceleration and investment path. The programme sets a new and unified standard in terms of InnoEnergy’s pre-acceleration activities.

40 hours of theory and practical workshops

This 4 week programme consists of 40 hours of theory and practical workshops led by professional mentors, industry experts, and experienced entrepreneurs. The topics range from legal and IP protection, to pitch deck design, to agile methodology, and more. Entrepreneurs learn how to choose and adapt appropriate business models, how to raise funds, and how to build a marketing and sales strategy. They also receive soft skills trainings, which include building leadership skills and team management. The programme is adapted to the needs of participating start-ups.

Christo Balinow, InnoEnergy’s Business Development Director for CEE, Middle East and North America says

“Although there are many start-ups with great products that apply to our accelerator programmes, we have noticed that they are often missing critical business skills, which are needed for their market success – says Christo Balinow, InnoEnergy’s Business Development Director for CEE, Middle East and North America. – We created Primer, to fill this knowledge gap, and to increase the entrepreneurial potential in the region”.

Primer ends with a Demo Day

In each country, the Primer programme ends with a local Demo Day, where all teams make a four minute pitch, followed by a three minute Q&A from the jury and audience. By the end of the programme start-ups develop a set of deliverables that are required by potential investors, which include a letter of intent, a go-to-market strategy, a roadmap, and a competitive landscape.

Primer will be run in twelve InnoEnergy Hubs

The upcoming edition of the Primer will be run in all twelve InnoEnergy Hubs. The first pilot edition of the programme took place in the past spring in four countries: Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Today, over 50 entrepreneurs have completed the Primer programme.

Contact us

Primer is a free, nonprofit programme. We invite all early-stage start-ups from the Hub countries to apply.

For general information about the Primer, please contact the programme’s coordinator Bartlomiej Tokarski at


If you are interested in joining the upcoming and next editions as a participant, mentor, or partner of the programme, please contact the local organizers directly:

InnoEnergy Hub Bulgaria    

InnoEnergy Hub Croatia      

InnoEnergy Hub Estonia      

InnoEnergy Hub Greece       

InnoEnergy Hub Hungary    

InnoEnergy Hub Latvia         

InnoEnergy Hub Lithuania   

InnoEnergy Hub Romania    

InnoEnergy Hub Serbia         

InnoEnergy Hub Slovakia     

InnoEnergy Hub Slovenia     

InnoEnergy Hub Turkey