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
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 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
HiringDNA proposes a solution that redefines the way of hiring. Did you have a not so pleasant experience in the process of hiring? Let’s see how they want to revolutionize the industry. The Team behind the startup We have worked for quite a while together, building amazing products for other businesses and startups. We all have technical backgrounds, but Teodor made a transition to business in the last few years.
Creating a platform for indie and alternative music is a great way to contribute to the local community. Underdog Station is the indie music platform made in Romania. Its mission is to help artists to get more exposure and be a meeting point for the community of indie / alternative artists and listeners. The Team behind the startup We are a somewhat unlikely mix of people that came together for
70% of the recycled materials are contaminated. All the efforts can be optimized with smart solutions. Polymore is the platform that offers automatic detection of wrongly sorted waste. The Team behind the startup We are a team of 5 devoted completely to the mission of eliminating plastic waste pollution through technology. With our engineering background, we have interesting discussions regularly on maths, physics, and chemistry. Our colleague, Iohana, balances things
Each day 6K tons of food are thrown away in Romania. Do you wanna visualize? The team CleverEat says that 6 tons are approximately equal to 235 trains or 146 food-filled planes. Sounds scary, right? CleverEat proposes a clever way of fighting food waste. Let’s see their cause and the team behind this idea. The Team behind the startup We are a “small” team of 5. The co-founders, Marius and
The 2021 cohort has a lot of flavors. Today’s pitstop is an AI startup – ettico. The team behind this startup is a team with good vibes who build AI models that helps the e-commerce industry. So what is ettico? The solution wants to improve eCommerce Stores with No-Code AI. The Team behind the startup We started ettico back in 2020 with the idea of creating a platform that anyone,
The interaction with the next team was flawless from the beginning. This is because the founders are so dedicated, and their mission is to bring inner peace closer to us. The selection interview was the first contact in the context of StepFWD, and we know that it’s a perfect match. Guessed the team? Well… Today we find more things about Ema and Chris, the people that build Bright Living. Bright
On November 22, StepFWD will have the 3rd Demo Day. The 2021 Cohort will showcase their progress through the 8-weeks pre-accelerator in front of an audience of entrepreneurs, investors, industry professionals, and the extended community. Throughout the 8 weeks, the selected startups have been through an intensive experience. StepFWD has brought together 54 mentors with diverse backgrounds, from entrepreneurs and investors, all the way to professionals from the tech industry.