South Poland Cleantech Cluster

SPCleantech is co-founder of European Alliance for Cross- Industrial Circular Economy Investments (ICEI Alliance) consisting of European clusters and universities. During 2020-2021 there have been held meetings to prepare the establishment of the European Alliance for Cross- Industrial Circular Economy Investments, hosted by the Circular Economy Centre at Digipolis, Kemi, Finland.

The Alliance has for ambition to make Europe the global industrial circular economy platform to accelerate the deployment of world-class circular economy solutions to industry. It acts as a pipeline of business-led circular economy investment projects. Alliance members support businesses with the structuring of their investment cases as well as with accessing funding and financing streams.

More information on ICEI Alliance

SPCleantech as Pre-Accelerator Point for Polish startups organized on 23.05.2016 the second workshop “Why start-ups fail?” of the series of 6 workshops and 2 conferences. The aim of the workshop was to provide experiences of Polish and Scandinavian mentors to Polish start-ups and coaches. SPCleantech is working with a group of experienced mentors from Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

Some startups succeed, yet so many fail, and it’s failure that teaches us the best lessons. What are the main reasons why startups fail?

During our workshop we showed the 10 most common reasons why great start-up ideas fail:

1.     Misunderstanding target client groups
2.     Misunderstanding clients subconscious needs
3.     Over-narrowing your sales tunnel
4.     Passive and reactive sales model
5.     Cost model based on fixed costs
6.     Loving your product with pure, emotional and uncritical love
7.     Missing puzzle in management team
8.     Assuming competitive status-quo: underestimating FUTURE competition
9.     Overestimating competitive advantages based on technology and product itself
10.   Non-agile product development philosophy

There was limited number of places. Workshop was in English.

Special guests during the workshop were Rafał Szczepanik (PL) and Santtu Hulkkonen (FI).

Rafał Szczepanik-CV        Santtu Hulkkonen – CV.fi          List of participants

Workshop1

Workshop2