Ágúst Hjörtur Ingþórsson, director of Rannís and Kristín Soffía Jónsdóttir, manager of KLAK – Icelandic Startups, got together in Gróska on August 10th. to sign a three-year contract between the Technology Development Fund and KLAK for the Dafna support system. With the agreement, the Technology Development Fund is expanding its services to beneficiaries and thus establishing Dafna as a support system for start-ups that have received funding from the fund.
Technology Development Fund is a competitive fund that supports innovative companies and entrepreneurs to develop innovative products and services. Dafna is a joint project of the Technical Development Fund and KLAK and is intended for beneficiaries who receive support from the Sprota and Vexti grant categories in the spring and autumn distribution of the Technical Development Fund. KLAK oversees Dafna and grantees are offered participation in workshops in Gróska and access to mentors who assist grantees in their product development. The mentoring community at KLAK consists of experienced people from the business world and is built in collaboration with MIT, which has developed its mentoring system for over two decades.
The cooperation between the Technology Development Fund and KLAK will better support projects that are at different stages of the innovation chain, from concept work to projects with advanced product development. Dafna is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs and innovative companies to succeed in the journey they are on.