Mailing lists. How to use them to update mentors, team, and investors on your startup progress

A mailing list can be a useful tool for founders in order to keep people updated on their progress and plans. A first-time founder and founders in general should update mentors, advisors, and investors regularly, but also be mindful of their time and not overburden them with unnecessary information. It’s important to be transparent and honest about the progress and challenges of the company and to clearly communicate any major

Mistakes you’re making as a founder

Building your company is hard. Startups are scary. Maybe you’ll feel like is the first day of kindergarten on repeat. Except you don’t actually know where the classroom is, or even where your school is. If you are a first-time founder, maybe your startup is grounded on mistakes, or maybe not. If your startup is holding, it’s possible that not all mistakes are big. Some are small, like the time

What an entrepreneur should pay attention to when trying to find the right mentor

What is the meaning of a mentor? Theoretically, a mentor is an experienced and trusted person who advises or trains someone. But, more practically, a mentor is someone you rely on to give you advice and guidance, especially in your career.  When choosing a mentor, there are some qualities you should pay more attention to. The top three qualities to look for in a mentor 1. GIVER someone who likes

How Google helps StepFWD startups in their entrepreneurial journey

We are delighted to have Google for Startups as partners at StepFWD from the beginning of our initiatives. Because of this, we wanted to take a moment to thank them for all their continuous support in helping us make the tech entrepreneurial ecosystem more diverse and inclusive while having tens of startup founders launch their businesses packed with the skills needed to succeed.  Recently, we sat down with Dan Oros,

9 teams join this year’s StepFWD pre-accelerator cohort

StepFWD is the pre-accelerator that supports technology startups with diverse teams in the early stages of development and aims to balance the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Romania through personalized, hands-on experience for 9 weeks. The 2022 edition happens online from 24 October to 16 January 2023. Teams will have the opportunity to showcase their progress in the program during the online Demo Day event on 16 January 2023. This year’s edition

What is and what isn’t the lead mentor

Talking with an experienced mentor can help you validate your assumptions and avoid common pitfalls, which cost you both money and time (you don’t have). In your journey in the online pre-accelerator, a lead mentor will be by your side every step of the way. Let’s find out more about this role ? Who are the lead mentors? The StepFWD lead mentors are experienced entrepreneurs or people who have been

StepFWD launches applications for the 2022 cohort of the startup pre-accelerator with diverse teams

StepFWD is launching applications this month the pre-accelerator program for diverse teams – cohort 2022.   The program is run in partnership with Google for Startups, Orange Romania, and Algolia, and aims to increase the number of diverse startups by teaching them how to build a startup properly, facilitating connections with experienced mentors, and helping them become investable. Applications are open online at the program’s website until October 2nd, 2022.

How to write an fwd and follow-up email

Connection is vital in the start-up community. As a founder, getting intros is a basic thing, and not to say that maybe it’s a daily activity. More startup teams apply to programs to gain specific contacts and open up discussions with mentors, partners, or clients.  Through the Startup Basics, we aim to share what founders learn while going through the StepFWD pre-accelerator. We teach StepFWD teams about the 2 most

Marketing Coordinator @ StepFWD

At StepFWD we are on a mission to grow the number of diverse startup teams by teaching them “how to” startup properly, facilitating the connection with experienced mentors, and making them investible.  For the past 3 years, we’ve worked with 31 startups from 13 industries, comprised of 60 founders (27 being female founders), from 7 countries. We had 60+ mentors volunteering their time to help our entrepreneurs grow and 50+

Licenseware, The License Management App Ecosystem, raises 500,000 euro in Seed round from Early Game Ventures and Fortech Investments

 Licenseware, the Romanian startup that helps companies manage their IT costs, raised its second investment round worth 500,000 euros. Early Game Ventures led the round with participation from Fortech Investments. More than the capital, this follow-on round proves and strengthens the connection and understanding between the start-up and its two strategic investors. “I’m happy to say that, over the past 6 months since the initial Pre-Seed investment, Licenseware has gained