What to expect when joining a (pre-)accelerator program

As I prepare to join Techstars Montreal AI 2019, I realize that setting the right goals before beginning the journey of going through an accelerator is mandatory. This is my third experience of participating in an accelerator, having been through Startupbootcamp (Copenhagen / 2010) and Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (U.S. / 2016) with my previous startup. So I already have a set of expectations and assumptions that will be refined at

Shadowing Techstars

We at StepFWD strive every day to make one the best programs for tech entrepreneurs in Romania. And although our team has experience both with organizing and participating in acceleration programs, we are aware that we still have a lot to learn. So it seemed natural to go and shadow those that helped shape the concept of an accelerator, which are also one of the top 3 acceleration programs in

Startup Stories – Edith Karda, Medinfo

Edith Karda has developed a web app called Medinfo. And although it started out as a her college graduation project, it has managed to win an award and gather a lot of media attention in a very short period of time. After talking with Edith for 20 minutes, it became obvious why: her app warns users about interactions between drugs or between drugs and food. It solves a very real and

What I’ve learned from my failed startups

When I started thinking about writing this article, I faced a dilemma. Should I share some “classical” startup learnings packaged in a standard format that you can find in other million articles? Or should I risk writing bluntly and honestly about what actually happened? When faced with these 2 options, I took 10 seconds of hard thinking before I  decided to go with the second approach. I am aware that

The story behind StepFWD

At the beginning of 2015, me and my co-founder decided to rent a couple of desks at TechHub Bucharest. It was our first time trying out a co-working space and I was skeptical I could make the switch after working from a private office for so long. Frankly, I wasn’t in the mood to get out of the house. After securing a seed investment at the beginning of 2014, we