Advice for the next great generation of diverse startups

Starting the path of entrepreneurship could be very challenging at first but also very rewarding and exciting. There is no end to the struggle, starting with the financial aspect and marketing all the way to customer development and running your company.  But remember, you’re not alone.  Search for qualitative advice from people that have been through the same challenges as you. Search for a support system that helps you gain

📢 Epic Visits is on Seedblink

Our #StepFWDAlumniEpic Visits, co-founded by entrepreneurs Raluca Jianu, Mihai Bârsan, Bogdan Jianu and Emanuel Pasat, starts on July 8 a crowdfunding campaign on SeedBlink. Epic Visits is a self-service travel platform where travelers can create their special getaways based on their style and preferences. The platform is for those who need inspiration for memorable travels and are looking for solutions that suit their lifestyle. A hybrid between a travel agency and a booking platform, Epic Visits

StepFWD your Fundraising

This article is one of the 8-part series of evergreen topics that all startup founders face. It is based on what the mentors actually teach startups during the StepFWD pre-accelerator.  Our thanks go to Ciprian Borodescu, Head of Algolia (AI R&D) Romania, for helping founders efficiently raise their next investment round. Fundraising primer Before starting to think about getting an investment, you need to first decide why you want to

StepFWD your Product Development

This article is one of the 8-part series of evergreen topics that all startup founders face. It is based on what the mentors actually teach startups during the StepFWD pre-accelerator.  Our thanks go to Monica Obogeanu, Startup Programs Manager at Orange, and, Alexandra Anghel, Director of AI Engineering at Algolia, for helping founders efficiently develop their product. Product development primer Product development, in general, is closely linked to customer development,

StepFWD your Product Marketing

This article is one of the 8-part series of evergreen topics that all startup founders face. It is based on what the mentors actually teach startups during the StepFWD pre-accelerator.  Our thanks go to Andra Zaharia, Content marketer for cybersecurity companies, and Irina Scarlat, Builder on leave, Uber & Revolut Alumna, for helping founders efficiently market their startup. Product marketing primer Before we start talking about why product marketing is

Licenseware, the software licensing platform, raised 120,000 euro

Licenseware develops an ecosystem of software license management applications. We help companies reduce their costs and turn the risk associated with using enterprise software into growth opportunities. Our solution makes it easy to make quick and informed decisions and allows organizations to control how they buy and use the software. Since its launch in 2020, Licenseware signed the first contract with a big client and graduated from the How To Web and StepFWD accelerators. Licenseware,

StepFWD your Business Model

This article is part of the 8-part series of evergreen topics that all startup founders are confronted with. It is based on what the mentors actually teach startups during the StepFWD pre-accelerator.  Our thanks go to Mircea Vadan, Managing Partner at Activize and board member at Cluj Startups, Spherik, T.A.N., and FreshBlood, for helping founders choose their pricing and monetization strategy!  Let’s begin The business model depends on the focus

StepFWD your Customer Development

This article is part of the 8-part series of evergreen topics that all startup founders are confronted with. It is based on what the mentors actually teach startups during the StepFWD pre-accelerator.  Our thanks go to Letitia Stefan CEO at Nifty Learning & Raluca Apostol CPO at Nestor, for helping founders be prepared to talk to their customers!  Let’s begin The best founders maintain a direct relationship with their customers,

StepFWD your Startup Legal Mechanics

This article is part of the 8-part series of evergreen topics that all startup founders are confronted with. It is based on what the mentors actually teach startups during the StepFWD pre-accelerator.  Our thanks go to Tudor Stanciu & Paul Babus, part of the Digital 2 Law team, for helping founders be legally prepared!  Let’s begin Having to think about the legal aspects when starting a startup is one of

StepFWD Stories – Lopi.AI

The first startup in the series about our incredible 2020 cohort is Lopi.Ai, SAAS-based API. We help customers of online stores find their wanted products easily, provide visual search capabilities and enhance product discoverability. The Team behind the startup  Lopi.Ai has a diverse team based in Bucharest and Brasov, Romania. The company started with 3 founders, Andrei Dore (CTO), Andrei Pirvulescu (CEO), and Cristina Oprea (COO). All of them are