StartupYard Announces Partnership With Node5, Making the Accelerator an Open Resource for the Local Startup Community

First open event to feature Microsoft Europe former Chairman Jan Muehlfeit on Dec 4th, 2014

20 NOVEMBER 2014, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Summary
In a joint statement this week, Prague-based seed accelerator StartupYard announced it will move to Node5, the open tech workspace. As part of the partnership, the two companies will develop over the coming year a series of hands-on events and workshops accessible outside the 3 month acceleration program, to entrepreneurs who are not able to join the StartupYard accelerator.

To kick off the partnership, StartupYard Managing Director Cedric Maloux and Node5 co-founder Lukas Hudecek will host an “Accelerator Open House,” where local entrepreneurs, programmers, investors and StartupYard mentors will meet to discuss life in and after a tech accelerator. Hudecek reflected that the move to Node5 was “a kind of homecoming,” as he was among the original co-founders of both the accelerator, and the workspace. The event scheduled for Dec 4th, 2014 will feature keynote remarks from Microsoft Europe Chairman and popular StartupYard mentor Jan Muehlfeit, who himself recently announced his departure from Microsoft to focus on mentorship in the region’s tech community.

"After stepping down as European Chairman at Microsoft, following a very fruitful 21 years with the company, it's a great pleasure to give back to the tech community in Prague and Central Europe, focusing on helping individuals, organizations and whole countries to unlock their human potential,” said Muehlfeit regarding his work with StartupYard. "Being a mentor at StartupYard has presented me with a great opportunity to assess the potential of young entrepreneurs in the region, and to have a positive impact on their growth, so I'm looking forward with anticipation to the next evolution in our efforts as a community, in cooperation with Node5."

Following the event, a panel of StartupYard mentors, including Ondrej Bartos, StartupYard board member and partner at VC firm Credo Ventures, Petr Ocasek, a StartupYard co-founder and co-founder/CEO of AngelCam, will field questions from potential applicants to the accelerator. “Prague, and Central Europe’s tech community will benefit from StartupYard sharing its resources and knowledge more openly through this partnership,” said Maloux, “what’s good for entrepreneurs in the region is good for us.”

This public event will take place at Node5, Radlicka 50, Prague 5, beginning at 18:30, December 4th, 2014.

About StartupYard

StartupYard is a seed accelerator for technology startups. Its goal is to help companies build viable products, launch fast and successfully raise capital. It follows the philosophy, methodology, and standard of world-class accelerators such as Y Combinator or TechStars.

StartupYard’s efforts were awarded by membership in the Global Accelerator Network in June 2012, and it is a member of StartupYard Accelerator Consortium CeedTech. Since September 2011 StartupYard has accelerated 29 companies, out of which 4 were acquired, 19 are still active, and 10 have raised investments for a total of $2.5 Million. Visit us at www.startupyard.com

About Node5

Node5 is not your usual co-working space, coffee lounge or fancy-pantsy corporate office. With its often rebellious ways, casual attitude, no bullshit policy and real factory feel, the place shines sweat and tears of true independent startups working their way up and fighting for survival every single day. It is therefore not surprising the place attracts real entrepreneurial spirit and tech professionals who mean business, creating unique community comparable to its international counterparts. Visit as at www.node5.cz

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"After stepping down as European Chairman at Microsoft, following a very fruitful 21 years with the company, it's a great pleasure to give back to the tech community in Prague and Central Europe, focusing on helping individuals, organizations and whole countries to unlock their human potential." Jan Muehlfeit
"Prague, and Central Europe’s tech community will benefit from StartupYard sharing its resources and knowledge more openly through this partnership. What’s good for entrepreneurs in the region is good for us." Cedric Maloux
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About StartupYard

StartupYard is a seed accelerator for technology startups. Its goal is to help companies build viable products, launch fast and successfully raise capital. It follows the philosophy, methodology, and standard of world-class accelerators such as Y Combinator or TechStars.

StartupYard’s efforts were awarded by membership in the Global Accelerator Network in June 2012, and it is a member of StartupYard Accelerator Consortium CeedTech. Since September 2011 StartupYard has accelerated 29 companies, out of which 4 were acquired, 19 are still active, and 10 have raised investments for a total of $2.5 Million. For more information, read our blog, visit our website and follow @startupyard on Twitter.

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