Across our markets, we support entrepreneurship as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help innovation flourish. Specifically, we target young innovators and SMEs that need an initial boost of support to help develop and commercialize their creativity and capability.
In Belgium, we launched the Telenet Idealabs community to give digital start-ups and young innovators a welcome kick-start. This program is a vertical accelerator that boosts technology and media ideas through seed-funding, mentoring, a creative workspace, professional services and leverage of the Telenet expert network.
Think Big, organized by UPC Business in Poland, aims to support the most innovative and inspiring business development ideas from Polish entrepreneurs with potential for global expansion. UPC Business awarded three winners cash incentives and a place at the Think Big Academy with dedicated mentoring sessions from UPC.
Virgin Media Business launched a free toolkit of digital knowhow to help individual entrepreneurs and small businesses make the most of the online environment. From building a digital presence to online marketing and content creation, the Big Digital Skills Hub is a set of 15 video tutorials delivered by some of the biggest names in digital marketing, social media, brand communication and e-commerce.