Time to BUILD

Join StepFWD, the pre-accelerator for tech startups with diverse teams.

Applications now open for the 2021 Cohort

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Looking to get your prototype or idea off the ground?

Get access to the best tools for turning your passion into a viable business, with the help of experienced mentors.


StepFWD Events

Get a sneak-peek into the program by joining one of the all-year-round events.

Why join the program?

Startup fundamentals

Our program is a 360-degree experience that teaches you the basics of founding a startup, from incorporating and legal mechanics to product development and sales.

Hands-on workshops

Our workshops are delivered by seasoned entrepreneurs and industry experts and are designed to be actionable hands-on experiences.

Tailored mentorship

Your startup will be paired with a lead mentor that will advise and guide you for the duration of the program.


You’ll get access to an extended network of entrepreneurs, investors and corporate partners, enabling you to navigate the local startup ecosystem.

What do our alumni say?

Our mission is to support tech startups with diverse teams through the first stages of their growth.

"The program connected us with people that are well seasoned in the startup environment and could guide us with advice, on the level that we were at that particular moment. The StepFWD program exceeded my expectations. It was like a snowball rolling down the hill, just getting bigger and bigger."
Cristina Oprea
"I learned a lot and by the end of it I had a pretty good idea on what to do next. Later on, I found how useful it was to prepare for all the assignments, the go-to-market sheet, the one-liners, the pitch decks. They all have been useful since."
Ciprian Grigore
CTO, Licenseware
"During the pre-accelerator, I learned practical things on how to grow my business. The most important ones are: test, test, test and test again followed by always listen and talk to your customers. Having mentoring sessions with experts, business owners and being able to network with other like-minded entrepreneurs, helped us skip some mistakes and accelerate our growth."
Ovidiu Stegari
CEO, Sitter
"The reality of the program exceeded my expectations because there were many mentors with a lot of knowledge and expertise on each of their fields who wanted to share that knowledge, who listened and helped us individually with the issues each of us was facing in our startup. Additionally, listening to the other participants was actually really helpful as well, as it helped in assessing our startup in different ways."
Simina Stancu
CPO, Quandary Systems

Ready to Apply?

Applications for the 2021 Cohort are open!

Apply now*

* To ensure the participants and mentors' safety, activities will take place online.

The Program

StepFWD is dedicated to diverse teams who want to grow a prototype into a profitable business.

Do you have questions?

Please check out the FAQ section for any questions you might have regarding eligibility criteria, the application process or program setup.