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Innovation Allies – How our partners empower the ones who dare

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They are among the most passionate supporters of our mission. They are the ones offering numerous perks for startups participating in The Accelerator. It is a great pleasure for us to dedicate a blogpost to them, our Innovation Allies.

A famous quote says “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much”. At Metavallon we continuously seek and collaborate with some of the most innovative and socially conscious organizations internationally. Among them, are organizations such as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece, constant partners and agile supporters from the very beginning of our operations.

For The Accelerator in particular, we have engaged a number of Allies, directly enriching our program and enabling our Founders to get access to superior infrastructure, knowledge, and even media exposure. We like to call them “Innovation Allies”. Let’s get to know them.

Microsoft ΒizSpark adds even more – global – value

Τhe BizSpark is a global program that provides free software, support and visibility to help startups succeed. Throughout the world the program is offered to over 85K startups in 165+ countries. In brief, the most important benefits for participating startups are, among other things:

  • 3 year access to current full-featured software development tools.
  • $150 of monthly Windows Azure benefits to quickly build, deploy, and manage web applications.
  • Free access to Windows and Windows Phone Developer Accounts.
  • Valuable offers from the BizSpark Network Partners to help any business.
  • Support on cloud services.

Braintree_PayPal Startup BruePrint for e-commerce applications

PayPal runs this awesome global program that partners with top tier incubators and accelerators in EMEA, North America and APAC. It provides startups with the tools needed to change the future of commerce online, offline or on a mobile device – from ordering ahead at your favorite restaurant to hailing a car service from your smartphone.

  • As a partner, Braintree_PayPal Startup BluePrint offers startups:
  • Free transaction volume up to $1.5 million USD ($50.000 USD of PayPal fees waived or 18 months).
  • Free transaction volume up to $100.000 USD (Braintree fees waived for up to 18 months).
  • Ongoing mentorship from thought leaders and the Developer & Startup Relations Team.
  • Top-notch customer service.

Amazon Web Services – Love for the cloud

This popular dynamically-growing business unit within Amazon offers each of our companies:

  • $3,000 in AWS credits valid for 2 years.
  • Free access to the AWS Essentials 1 day web-based or instructor-led training (normally $600/course).
  • AWS Technical Professional Accreditation course plus 8 tokens for self-paced labs (normally $30/lab).
  • One year of premium AWS Business Support.
  • Free access to 1:1 virtual office hours with AWS solutions architects.
  • Special offers from other companies that help startups, including Chef, Bitnami, Amazon Payments, SOASTA, Podio, CopperEgg and more.

Upwork: Do not know Upwork? Well, of course you do

Upwork is a brand new company with a most solid background, the result of the merger between oDesk and Elance. When startups sign up, they use a coupon code. Once they qualify, recruiters automatically reach out to teach them how to hire better freelancers, faster. The coupon equals to $100 and startups do need to post a job in order to redeem it.

Gust – Go get those investors

Gust in one of the latest additions at our network of organizations supporting The Accelerator startups. This wonderful platform was used by our team to manage applications for the new cycle of our program. Startups that signed up and completed the application process are also profiled on Gust in order to have easier access to funding opportunities offered by thousands of investors and syndications available on the platform.

In brief, Gust is a SaaS funding platform providing all the tools entrepreneurs need to manage their startup funding process from pitch to exit.

Foundersuite – 6 months of free startup tools

The “startup toolbox” Foundersuite provides The Accelerator companies with a license that enables them to use the highest-tier of ‘Team Plan” free for 6 months while they are in the program. This means they are entitled to use important tools in the following directions: Testing and refining ideas, streamlining startup operations, fundraising, engaging with partners, and competitors, even on running their own PR campaigns.

Orange Grove – A space champion

What a wonderful host for The Accelerator! Orange Grove, the vibrant incubator by the Dutch Embassy in Athens, has already offered The Accelerator so much. Our 2014 was entirely hosted at the Orange Grove premises (bootcamps, one-to-one sessions, workshops). Metavallon team and the The Accelerator startups were also offered office space for 6 months.

This type of fruitful collaborations between an accelerator and an incubator is a clear indication of how the domestic ecosystem matures. Read more about this partnership resulting in 6 months of execution and good spirits.

ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece

Hosting Metavallon workshops, co-organizing unique initiatives for entrepreneurs (the most recent one being the first Greek MOOC), and sharing personal insights and expertise, the team of the ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece has been a true-hearted Partner of Metavallon from the very early days.

Our latest collaboration is on the 50% scholarship Metavallon offers for one person to attend the MSc in Entrepreneurship program at ALBA. From the very beginning and until today, the organization has been a restless host of our training workshops and select events. This blogpost on our partnership with this leading academic institution was written quite a while ago. Still, it outlines how a valuable partnership can help both sides and multiply our impact.

ΙQbility – A multi-level collaboration

IQbility recently partnered with Metavallon, to contribute through business know-how, network of contacts, and access to funding opportunities for the select early-stage tech companies that will participate in The Accelerator 2015. Working on synergies between the #accelerator Metavallon and the investment-driven #incubator IQbility adds to the evident increasing maturity of our local startup ecosystem.

IQbility is a Quest Group of Companies’ initiative, in partnership with the PJ Tech Catalyst fund. Quest is one of the largest Groups of Companies in South Eastern Europe focusing on the Information Technology sector, Renewable Energy and Courier Services. PJ Tech Catalyst fund is a venture capital fund that invests in seed stage startup companies in Greece.

Supporters with a true cause

Apart from the support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, from ALBA, and the Innovation Allies for The Accelerator in particular, our work since 2012 could not have been realized without the constant empowerment of our program partners and our media allies.

Above all, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation has been not only the ultimate supporter of Metavallon but also a unique source of inspiration, mainly through its actions and initiatives supporting entrepreneurship and economic development.

Taking this opportunity, a special thank you our media allies epixeiro.gr & startup.gr. They are both our media champions and their support has been immense. Find out more about our Partners and Allies and tell us how your organization could empower and inspire the most promising entrepreneurs.

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