Supporting business ideas to make Cordoba a better city for all

Join the IN-HABIT Cordoba Incubation Program either as an entrepreneur or volunteer mentor and become part of the creation of inclusive health and wellbeing.

What is the IN-HABIT Cordoba Incubation Program?

IN-HABIT is an EU Horizon 2020 project that aims to foster inclusive health and well-being in four small and medium-sized cities such as Cordoba, as well as Riga (Latvia), Lucca (Italy), and Nitra (Slovakia).

IN-HABIT Cordoba will use this rich cultural heritage to explore its culture in the promotion of inclusive health and wellbeing, investigating social, cultural, digital, technological and nature-based innovations and developing green, sustainable and creative areas to drive inclusion in more deprived neighborhoods.

To do so, we are looking for 24 early-stage innovative business ideas that will benefit from our 4-month online incubation program. These businesses will further develop the viability of their idea, following a clear structure and getting weekly support from a volunteer mentor and incubation team who will guide them in the process.

All entrepreneurs will be paired with volunteer mentors to get the support they need in creating sustainable businesses that generate a positive impact in Cordoba. After the completion of the program, you will be able to download an executive summary of your business plan and use it to present it to potential investors or new co-founders.

Why should you participate?

As an entrepreneur
As a mentor
Proven methodology

You will learn by doing with an approach inspired by MIT's Disciplined Entrepreneurship. More than 2900 entrepreneurs from 120+ countries have already gone through our methodology!

Mentorship guidance

You will work closely with a mentor who will guide you throughout the length of the program. Have weekly video sessions where you will review their work, get feedback, and resolve any questions.

Global network

You will connect with the rest of the program participants, a community of peer entrepreneurs working in your city towards the same goals as you. Connect with them throughout the different program sessions to share resources and tackle challenges together.

Your own executive summary

Founders will work on their business step by step while generating a validated business plan and executive summary. You will be able to download a PDF version to later present it in front of investors, other co-founders, etc.

Anytime, anywhere

Collaborate from anywhere at any time through our online platform; no barriers, limits, or excuses; just an internet connection!

Exclusive perks

Access to expert masterclasses + more than 30K in discounts on HubSpot, Amazon WS, Google Suite, MailJet, IBM…

Pitch your business

At the end of the program, you will join our pitch competition during the final Demo Day with relevant stakeholders from the ecosystem.

Do you have a business idea?

Check the requirements for entrepreneurs

People who suffer discrimination based on Equality Act protected characteristics will be given priority (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and domestic partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation).

Do you want to support entrepreneurs?

Check the requirements for mentors

Apply before the date!

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Sunday, January 29th 2023

You can learn more about the program by attending our info sessions on

Timeline

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Apply to the program

Until Sunday, January 29th 2023

Tell us more about you and your start-up (for entrepreneurs) or your professional experience (for mentors) by applying below. Our team will assess all the entrepreneurs and mentors applications and select the necessary profiles.

Apply now >

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Announcement of selected candidates

Wednesday, February 1st 2023

We will review all the applications and we will select the entrepreneurs and mentors to participate in the IN-HABIT Cordoba Incubation Program.

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Attend to the onboarding session

Late January to early February, 2023

If selected, we will invite you to participate in an information session to welcome you to the incubation program. In this session we will cover the role of program participants, what the relationship between mentors and projects will be like, the use of the Bridge for Billions incubation platform, and much more!

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Mentors and Entrepreneurs Matching

During February

Take part in our matching process! Entrepreneurs and mentors will have the possibility to meet in different virtual sessions of their choice. Once you have been able to meet different profiles, both will send their preferences to let us know who they want to work with and make the best teams.

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Online Incubation Programme

From March 1st to July 31st 2023

Start the online incubation experience with mentoring sessions, work tools and structured development. Entrepreneurs and mentors will have 4 months to complete the incubation cycle and develop your validated business plan.

  • Entrepreneurs will cover the most important parts of their business (from refining the value proposition to generating a clear growth plan).
  • Mentors will meet weekly with your entrepreneur in one-on-one sessions to go through the 8 business modules.
  • Ventures will finish the program by developing a business plan and executive summary ready to present to investors, for example.
  • After completing the program, participating ventures will be invited to present and pitch their projects in our final Demo Day.

 

Learn how you can be part of our program to support entrepreneurs in Cordoba and join our online info session. Leave us your details and our Program manager will contact you.

What is IN-HABIT?

IN-HABIT is an EU Horizon 2020 project that aims to foster inclusive health and wellbeing (IHW) in four peripheral small and medium-sized cities (SMSCs): Cordoba (Spain), Riga (Latvia), Lucca (Italy) and Nitra (Slovakia). In each city, the project will mobilise existing undervalued resources (culture, food, human-animal bonds and environment) to increase IHW, with a focus on gender, diversity, equity and inclusion. The integrated approach will combine technological, digital, nature-based, cultural and social innovations in selected urban public spaces. These solutions will be co-designed, co-deployed and co-managed with and by local stakeholders.

The platform at a glance

As the backbone of the programme, the plaftorm offers a gamified and step by step experience that allows entrepreneurs to create their business plans and validate their model. Far from theory, the pedagogy pushes you to formulate your ideas and answer the tough questions.

It invites you to “get out there”, talk to people, research, and validate your ideas. Your mentor will be there for you every week to support you by challenging assumptions and offering a fresh perspective.

Questions about the programme?

For entrepreneurs

The more time you are able to dedicate, the better the results. We have structured the program so that you can complete all the activities in 6-8 hours a week, including a one-hour video call with your mentor and participation in the different sessions, this is your program.

Also, remember that you will have to commit to dedicating at least 6 hours a week for the duration of the program (4 months) and that there will also be online sessions where you will meet with the other program participants to share challenges and learning.

Any! This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 869227.

We recommend you have a laptop or desktop computer and preferably one of these browsers: Google Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. Even so, our platform also adapts to cell phones.

Also, we hope that you have a stable and reliable internet connection both for your weekly review on the platform and to participate in calls with your mentor by video call.

Your mentor will act as your guide throughout the program. Week after week, it will help you validate your strategy and design your growth plan. Mentors support you within the platform and meet with you once a week (usually via video calls) to validate your progress.

Of course! Our program is made to collaborate with your entire team. You can easily invite your teammates to join your project and seamlessly collaborate on its development.

You can work at the same time as a teammate, but please note, however, that our platform does not allow live collaboration like with Google Docs (you will only see a teammate’s edits after you refresh the page and you must have to be careful not to “override” the others’ entries.)

We hope our reputation speaks for itself on this topic! We treat your application and program data as confidential information. They are protected by our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy, and your mentor will also sign a Mentor Agreement that includes a confidentiality clause.

For mentors

During the duration of the program, you will have to meet once a week with your entrepreneur to hold mentoring meetings for 1 hour. On top of that, we recommend always spending at least an extra 30 minutes reviewing and validating progress on the platform, and coming to meetings prepared.

You must be able to use a laptop or desktop computer (not a tablet or mobile phone) and preferably one of these browsers: Google Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. We hope that you have a powerful and reliable Internet connection both for your weekly review on the platform and to participate in calls with your entrepreneur via videoconference.

As a mentor, you will have a positive impact on someone’s life. You will meet and connect with students with innovative ideas and develop your mentoring skills, exposing yourself to the latest innovation and entrepreneurship methodologies while helping a start-up company grow.

Yes. However, we ask that you be realistic with your time commitment. We don’t want anyone to overcommit or set expectations that they won’t be able to meet due to lack of time.

To facilitate the process of matching between mentors and mentees, or as we call it “matching”, we have created the process of “organic matching”.

In this way, you will have the opportunity to meet the different participating projects, invite them to a «Virtual Coffee» to learn about the ideas in detail, and then both parties can decide if they want to work together or not. In this way, we ensure that we create solid and lasting mentoring relationships.

No, all mentors in this program are volunteers.

Your role as a mentor will be to guide your entrepreneurs throughout the process. Using the online tools as a guide, you will help your entrepreneurs validate their strategies throughout the program and support them throughout the meeting online once a week. 

At the end of the program, you will receive a certificate of participation.

Can’t find your question here?

Contact Catherina Vecchione, Incubation Manager of the IN-HABIT Incubation Program, if you have any questions.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 869227

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