The Ultimate Accelerator Pivot To Collaboration Framework

Helping start-up and business entrepreneurs in the last two years, Vunk has become the most sought-after entry point to telecom sector for innovative B2B and B2C start-ups in the region. Vunk was launched in 2015 as a start-up itself that worked with many aspiring startup founders, partners, mentors and helped them accelerate their businesses to new heights. It devised new ways of working and implemented effective strategies that helped business grow at a steady pace.

Being a Telia Estonia startup lab, Vunk has helped companies partner with Telia to improve their offering and get access to the market. Vunk ran an accelerator for 2 years and has empowered many early stage start-ups to grow and mature.

Thrive In The Long-Term With VUNK

Today, Vunk is open to working with more mature teams to fast track it's collaboration.

VUNK - Call for Collaboration is a natural next step for us to offer more solid framework for startups to disrupt areas where we need to grow faster than the market. We collaborate on Telia Group level to seek potential on different markets and with Startup Wise Guys and Estonian Business Angels Network to have a clear vision how we can best move fast and succeed in working with startups.  

What Vunk Offers?

  • Collaboration partner - Get a dedicated contact to search for the best collaboration model, fast track GTM.
  • Mentoring - Get access to industry experts, business mentors and key decision-makers.
  • Market access - Get customer insights and access to Telia’s marketing and sales channels.
  • Incubation - Get free space in our office if your team wins.
  • Funding - Get 5000€ as award money if we enter collaboration. 
  • Integration - Get integrated with Telia's API’s (e.g. billing) and infrastructure services.

What is Vunk Collaboration Framework?

Vunk Open Call for Collaboration, starts from April and runs till the end of May. You are welcome to apply through f6s and get in contact with VUNK team through Skype or meet up at the office to figure out the possibilities of collaboration in the future.

Next step is the Conceptualisation phase, where Vunk selects 5-6 teams to come and meet all the needed stakeholders in Estonia. A work week is held that focuses on finding the start-up with the best validated business case and most motivated team. The goal is to  figure out together the possible plans to move forward through collaboration.

After the selection process, on June 15, we announce the teams we'd love to work together with. By then we'll have worked out a proper calendar with common offers on the market; a solid plan for launching and developing the common MVP etc.

Are You The Start-Up Vunk Is Looking For?

Vunk is a part of the Telia Group, Telia Eesti operates in 4 broad fields, namely, mobile, broadband, television and Information Technology.

Under VUNK framework, we are looking for emerging start-ups and businesses that are being developed in disruptive ways. Vunk is focusing on 3 broad streams for this season: 

  • IoT (smart cities & B2B digitalization;
  • Wellness (big data, dashboarding);
  • eCommerce (making the most of customer journeys’ online) 

Vunk is looking for teams who have established their entity and have at least 2 co-founders. If you have already validated your business idea on the market and looking for opportunities to grow a leverage on collaboration with us, apply now by filling out the our application.

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