“Accelerator” is arguably an overused term in the universe of startups, their first steps, and onwards. However, fostering growth or just surviving may be less “mission impossible” for a startup business with backstopping and mentorship from an accelerator programme.

Joystick has just opened in the centre of Prague and is the first video games bar in Czech Republic to serve up old school arcade machines, pinball machines and quality draft and craft beers. Founded and setup by friends Patrik Fiala (pictured right) and Tomáš Barth (left), the duo have spent almost three years turning their dream into a reality. We managed to catch up with the co-owner Patrik for an insight into the long journey which all started with his love of video games.

Today is not a normal school day. The classroom is a theatre auditorium; chairs become seats in the stalls; and the blackboard is a stage. Hundreds of high school students wait impatiently for the play to start. They have the feeling that they are about to see a different kind of theatre, one made for them, for young people. For many of them, this is their first time at the theatre, a rare pastime for Spanish youth.

What initially was only meant to be a gap half-year on Bali to learn how to surf ended up being the beginning of a passionate non-profit project that has grown exponentially. Find out about the necessity of eco-education as Youth Time speaks to Petr Hindrich, one of the founders of green-books.org, an NGO that aims to make children aware of the precious and precarious nature of the environment that lies close at hand, all around them.

Our interview with the founder of VcV Wrestling Jakub "The King" Pešek reveals the hard work and dedication required to start and grow a professional sports startup in the Czech Republic.

Giving a speech or a presentation generally creates anxiety, as most people probably reason that failure inescapably leads to public embarrassment. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome this fear and become a confident public speaker. Today Youth Time talks to Lenka Dvorakova, vice-president of Bohemian Toastmasters, an international club where you can learn to improve your communication skills. Get ready to find out how lose your fear of public speaking and to learn new skills that will help you to be a more successful communicator!



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