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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ATÍPICS is an entrepreneurship program for young adults who want to initiate projects that have a positive impact.

What is Atípics?

Atípics is a 7-month long free support program for young adults who want to initiate projects that have a
positive impact. The program is designed so that the 20 selected Atípics can build a solid project and put it
into action, with greater chances of success. Atípics has a value of more than € 18,000 per participant and it
is entirely financed by the SOC, the European Social Fund and the Government of Catalonia, thanks to the
Youth Guarantee. In addition, it has the support of Bankia. Additionally, 10 participants have the
opportunity to win a cash prize of € 3,000 each to invest in the launching of their idea.

What is the Atípics program?

Atípics is a support program that includes 7 months of training and 100% experiential orientation between the months of June and September. In total, the participant spends more than 350 on-site hours and 350 off-site hours to create a strong project so that they are able to start it up with a greater chance of success. You can get detailed information about the program here.

What is the cost of participating in Atípics?

The support program has no cost for any of the 20 young adults selected to participate in 2017. The program is valued at more than 18,000 euros per participant and is entirely subsidized by the SOC, the European Social Fund and the Government of Catalonia along with the Youth Agreement.

What costs of the Atípics program are subsidized?

All costs of the training and guidance activities included in the program are subsidized, as well as all the housing and maintenance costs for the 12 residential meetings that will take place between June and December at the Cabrera de Mar Hostel.

What costs are not subsidized?

All of the costs that are not included in the previous answer: transport costs, costs related to the
development of the project, etc.

Is there any financial help available to invest in the idea?

The top 10 participants whose projects obtain the highest score on the DemoDay, which will be held on
September 22nd 2017, will receive a prize of €3,000 each to invest in the implementation of their idea.
These prizes are possible thanks to Bankia's support. The conditions are that each winning participant must
commit to register as an autonomous worker for at least 6 months between June 7th 2017 and April 30th
2018.

Is there an economic incentive for participating in Atípics?

An economic incentive of 10 euros per day will be granted to each participant for each of the 48 days of training and orientation that will take place during the 12 residential meetings. This incentive will have a limit of 150 euros per month. The SOC, the European Social Fund and the Government of Catalonia, through the Youth Agreement, subsidize this incentive.

Who can participate?

Atípics is aimed at young adults between 18 and 29 years old residing in Catalonia and who have the time
and energy to put their ideas into action with a positive impact.

How many young adult Atípics will be selected?

In the 2017 program we will select 20 young Atípics.

What requirements do I have to meet to participate in the program if I am selected?

At the time the program begins, on June 6th 2017, you must be enrolled in the Youth Guarantee System. Registration must be done at least one day before the program begins. Also, you must commit to participate in the entire 7-month long support program, including the attendance at 12 residential gatherings, which are a total of 48 days of co-living with other entrepreneurs at the Cabrera de Mar Hostel between June and December 2017.

What kind of ideas can be presented?

You can present ideas that have not yet been implemented (bold ideas, business plans, blueprints, etc.) and that are long term projects. They can be of any topic and dimension, and the legal form they assume once they are launched, will not be of great importance. Clearly, ideas with a positive impact will have priority.

What is an idea with a positive impact?

An idea with a positive impact is any type of initiative that could become a feasible and beneficial project for society; projects that benefit their promoters and financiers, the stakeholders and society (value generation of 360º). We are talking about social entrepreneurship, circular economy, collaborative economy, economy of the common good, B corporations, ultimately, from the new economy.

There are several people on our team… How many can participate?

Only one person can present each idea. In case you are a group of people that want to start the idea, you will have to choose one person for the team to submit the application. If selected, this person will represent and participate throughout the 7 months of the program.

Can I submit more than one idea?

You can present as many ideas as you want, but you need to fill out a different application for each idea. Each idea calls for a different application.

Do I need to have previous experience as an entrepreneur?

You do not need to have previous experience as an entrepreneur. What we are looking for are committed people with a proactive attitude, who provide solutions, and are willing to dedicate the time and energy necessary to develop their projects.

When is the application period?

The application period is from March 13th 2017 at 9:00 a.m. until May 14th 2017 at 23:59 p.m.

How can I submit my application?

To submit your application you have to fill out the form that you will find on I want to participate and send us a video of 2-3 minutes, via wetransfer to info@atipics.cat, in which you tell us about yourself and your idea before May 14th 2017 at 23:59 pm.

How is the candidate selection process carried out?

The application period will be open until May 14th. However, from May 3rd 2017 we will begin with personal interviews of those young adults whose applications are pre-selected by the Atípics team and collaborators for their viability, impact, easy implementation, capacity for growth and clarity of how it is presented. During the interviews we will assess the entrepreneurial potential of each candidate and their degree of commitment to the program. After the interviews, we will select the 20 young Atípics who will participate in the 2017 program.

When will I know if I have been one of the 20 Atípics selected for the 2017 program?

On May 19th 2017 we will announce the 20 young Atípics selected for the 2017 program.

When does the program begin and end?

The program begins on June 6th 2017 and ends on December 15th 2017.

What does it mean that a large part of the program is residential?

The training activities and on-site orientation will be carried out during the 12 residential meetings that will take place at the Cabrera de Mar Hostel between June and December 2017. The residential program comprises of 48 days in total of co-living in nature with other entrepreneurs like you, which will favor the co-creation and the creation of a solid and lasting network. You will not have to worry about accommodation and meals because it is included in the program. You will be able to concentrate 100% on the start-up of your project.

What will a typical day of residential meetings be like?

Each day will be atypical, but more or less we will follow this scheme: in the mornings there will be two sessions of orientation and/or training and in the afternoons, after lunch, there will be two more sessions. Also we will do extracurricular activities, making the most out of the natural environment in which the meetings take place.

Are there parts of the program that are not residential?

Yes. If you want to initiate a successful project, you will have to consolidate it and launch it during the time that elapses between residential meetings. Also, you will have a certain number of individual sessions with various professionals that will be at your service: a mentor, a project tutor, a crowd-funding tutor and a legal adviser. In addition, all of the members of the Atípics team will be at your disposal throughout the process to accompany you in whatever you need.

In what language will the program be done?

The vehicular languages ??of Atípics are Catalan and Spanish. Participants must understand both languages ??and express themselves fluently in at least one of them.

Who is behind the program and why do we do this?

Behind Atípics, there are more than 40 people and 30 organizations with a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm to contribute in order to make this world a better place. We believe that the youth must be at the fore of the economic and social transformation we need.

Copyright and intellectual property

Atípics is a support program that values ??and respects creators like you. We will not disclose or make your idea or project public without your permission. Confidentiality is key to us. Relax; your idea is safe with us.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

You can write to info@atipics.cat and a person from our team will contact you as soon as possible. You can also call us from Monday to Friday, from 11am to 1pm and from 3pm to 5pm at (+34)693-717- 343.

Does being enrolled in the Youth Agreement mean that I can’t return to work during the program?

The program is intensive but it is designed so that you can combine it with a job or with other classes, as long as you can commit to attend all of the residential meetings. To participate in the program you must be enrolled in the Youth Agreement from at least one day before the program begins, that is, from June 5th 2017. After June 6th 2017, which is the date that the program begins, you may continue participating in Atípics and unsubscribe from the Youth Agreement Registry in case you start a work activity, whether it be freelance or not. If you have questions about this, do not hesitate to ask us to call you and explain it to you in detail: https://calendly.com/atipics.