IT Academy

Title: IT Academy

Client: Raiffeisen Bank

Social/Positive Impact: The project aims to empower and educate in the field of developing ideas that solve market problems for the broader community.

Applied Methodologies and Tools: Startup Drill Board, Business Model Canvas

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Introduction Description:

The IT Academy project was conducted to address market challenges. A total of 16 conceptual solutions were submitted, of which eight had the opportunity to participate in a two-day Startup Drill boot camp. During these two days, teams identified the problems they wanted to solve, communicated with direct users, and developed concepts for their solutions. After the preparation phase, four most promising teams were selected to continue developing their ideas with mentorship support. After two months, the top team received approval from the management for further development.

The role of the Smion team was to design the program and content, conduct training, mentorship during the validation phase, and prepare the teams for their final idea presentations.


The project resulted in a total of 16 new ideas, with four of them getting the opportunity for further development. The winning solution received sponsorship from the management for its implementation. The project had an innovation component as well as a component for personal development of employees.