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We Help B2B Startup founders & teams to focus on what really matters
Make Meaning to Make Money
Zero gravity is nova SBE's Acceleration Program
Who are We?
Zero Gravity is a unique and founder focused startup acceleration program designed by real people, for real people. Our goal is to provide founders with a frictionless environment that helps them develop their ventures into successful and meaningful businesses.
How does it work?
Over the course of 6 months, we offer entrepreneurs mentoring sessions, workshops, office space, co-creation opportunities, and an initial funding of 40.000 euros (for 10% of equity); culminating in a Demo Day where founders will be able to pitch their idea and network with several investors.
We strongly believe that the success of any business relies on its people, its team, and the community around them, which is why they are the center of our attention.
Our exclusive focus on pre-seed and seed B2B startups allows us to offer a highly tailored learning experience.
We are facilitators, and we will provide you with the necessary resources to develop your business. Do not worry about needlessly time-consuming tasks - we take care of that.
More than going after great ideas, we seek for great individuals and teams. If you are one of them, we promise you that your success will become our purpose.
Academic Living Lab
LX's Startup Ecosystem
Network & Community
NOVA SBE's wide network of Alumni and Corporate Partners will allow you to validate your business, get professional mentorship, and increase your customers prospects.
Build your startup in a living lab, where talented students and academic staff will help and support your development.
Relax after work in an area full of sunshine, good wine, friendly people, and amazing waves.
Have access to Lisbon's flourishing and dynamic startup ecosystem.
Be part of Zero Gravity's long-life community of Alumni, entrepreneurs, corporations, and mentors.
Is right for you?
YOU CAN APPLY TO ZERO GRAVITY IF:
Your startup is a B2B international business, meaning that your revenue comes from companies from around the world
Your previous funding (up to the date of the application) is less than € 100K
Your team has between 2 and 4 people
You have validated your idea and you have a MVP (Minimum Viable Product)
What you Get
Free co-working space at NOVA SBE campus throughout the duration of the program
Personalized mentorship on several business topics, sector specifics, and fundraising
Collaboration from top students and academic staff on the development of your business
Access to a trusted network of corporations which can become potential clients
Workshops, talks, and weekly discussions on relevant topics, designed to support the different stages of your startup
40K € for 10% of equity upon acceptance into the program
Sept. 28th - Nov. 7th
Announcement of selected startups for Bootcamp
Nov. 30th - Dec. 1st
Selection of BATCH1
February - July*
*the exact dates will be announced soon
1. The Bootcamp is mandatory for the selected ventures, it will be held in Lisbon, and it is designed for the TWO FOUNDERS of each startup. Accommodation for 3 nights and flights will be provided upon request (please see more information in our FAQs)
2. If you are selected for BATCH 1 after the Bootcamp, you are required to have full time availability to work on your business throughout the duration of the acceleration program.
3. A tuition fee of 1,000 EUR per month applies if you are selected for the BATCH1 of the acceleration program.
We Want You!
We want you if you are ready
to challenge your ideas.
We want you if you are a bold, open minded
and hardworking entrepreneur.
We want you if you are willing to go the extra mile
and challenge the status quo.
Are You Ready?
DOES THE PROGRAM HAVE A PREFERRED INDUSTRY/SECTOR?
No. We will fund startups from several industries because good ideas come in all shapes and forms. As long as you are B2B, we will consider you.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY "B2B BUSINESS"?
B2B or Enterprise businesses are those whose main source of revenue comes from other companies, as opposed to individual customers.
WE ARE NOT FROM PORTUGAL. CAN WE STILL APPLY?
Of course! One of the things we are most proud of is your international approach. Welcome to zero gravity!
CAN I BE A FULL-TIME STUDENT/EMPLOYEE AND PARTICIPATE ON ZERO GRAVITY?
You can be a full-time student/worker at the moment of the application. However, as soon as the acceleration program starts, we will require you to dedicate yourself to it full-time.
CAN A SINGLE PERSON APPLY FOR FUNDING?
No. We strongly recommend to have at least one cofounder. Single-person startups are tough, and we believe that you can be a lot more successful if you have a great team.
I HAVE A GREAT IDEA FOR A STARTUP, BUT I LACK THE TECHNICAL SKILLS. WILL YOU STILL FUND ME?
If those technical skills are necessary to develop the core of your business, we will most likely not fund you unless someone in your team has them. However, if the technical skills you need are for a non-core activity of the business, it should be okay.
DO YOU CONSIDER STARTUPS THAT DON'T HAVE A PROTOTYPE YET?
If you believe that you already have a very well formed idea and a motivated team willing and a capable to develop it fast, we encourage you to take the leap and apply! Give us a good reason why we should accept you into your program, and we will.
OUR TEAM HAS TWO IDEAS. CAN WE SUBMIT TWO APPLICATIONS?
WHERE WILL THE PROGRAM TAKE PLACE?
Zero Gravity Acceleration Program will be located at the NOVA SBE Venture Lab facilities, which are located at Nova School of Business and Economics' campus in Lisbon, Portugal.
IF WE ARE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM, DO WE HAVE TO MOVE TO LISBON?
Yes, you do.At least for the duration of the program. in Zero Gravity we like to work on stuff "hands-on", because that is how you get things done. It will be essential and extremely valuable for you to participate of the training sessions, the workshops, and the networking events we have prepared for you.
DOES THAT MEAN THAT WE HAVE TO ESTABLISH OUR COMPANY IN PORTUGAL?
No. Once the program is over, you are free to set up your venture anywhere you'd like in the world.
DO YOU PROVIDE FLIGHTS AND ACCOMMODATION?
For the Bootcamp, we will provide 3-night accommodation (fully covered) and flights (up to 250 EUR per person) upon request for 2 people. Please make this request until November 17th. After this date, we cannot help you anymore.
I AM NOT FROM THE EU. WILL YOU SPONSOR VISAS FOR ME AND MY CO-FOUNDER(S)?
We cannot sponsor you the visas, but we can provide you with backup documents that prove you have been accepted into the program. You can find everything you need to know about visas and resident permits here: http://www.imigrante.pt/PagesEN/default.aspx
Do you have more questions?
Send us an email
But make sure you go through our Faq section before!
@ the Container Park
Campus de Campolide
1099-032, Lisbon, Portugal
(Nova School of Business and Economics)