2018 saw the eighth round of the Take-offs program. The T-Mobile Czech Republic program provides financial support, long-term professional advice, and expertise to regional start-ups. The overall aim is to help potential entrepreneurs, who often come from vulnerable backgrounds (people in regions of high unemployment, women on maternity leave, senior or handicapped citizens, students without work experience).
Out of 483 registered projects this year, 40 regional winners were chosen and announced by an expert jury at 9 regional workshops, free of charge for all interested participants and with 500 participants. The regional winners all receive support from experts in marketing, communication, and finance, as well as tangible, financial support worth EUR 4,500.
The public was invited to select the overall winner from 40 regional winners. More than 11,000 people took part in the online voting and selected Filip Hausknecht and his “Social Roof” project (social bistro that employs homeless people and people released from prison) as the overall public winner to receive an award worth EUR 4,600. A professional jury also selected a national winner. This year Pavel Buben and his Glucly project (application for people with diabetes) was selected as the national winner and received prizes worth a total of EUR 21,150.
The Take-offs again enjoyed significant media coverage. The winners were invited to present their projects on TV and radio, as well as in various print and online media.