5 things to consider when going after your first round of investment

Have you ever dreamed of taking your first rounds of investments in order to make your company a success? Well, think again because in reality not all the investments that have been made or will be made in the future will be successful. There are gonna be ups and downs throughout the negotiation phase, how you interact with your investor, and how you move forward with your startup.  That’s why

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+

Listen. Learn. Lead.

I want to tell you three real stories about the ups and downs of founding a startup, building a team and growing a business. There’s a lesson in each of these stories and my aim for this presentation is not to provide you with more answers, as it’s usually the case with these kinds of presentations, but for you to have more and deeper questions about why you’re doing what

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

StepFWD Stories – Hiring DnA

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.

StepFWD Stories – Underdog Station

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

StepFWD Story – Bright Living

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

StepFWD Demo Day 2021

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.

Let’s find out the startups from the 2021 Cohort

It’s time to show you the amazing teams that joined our program this year. The 2021 cohort is the 3rd cohort. The magic number, right? They come from a diverse range of industries and just to name a few – well-being, medtech all the way to human resources and music industry. Let’s dig in. Bright Living brings the mental health support platform in Romania through audiovisual content with mindfulness and

StepFWD 2021 – 8 weeks overview

StepFWD is the pre-accelerator program designed for early-stage tech startups with diverse teams. We strongly believe in helping founders to achieve their potential and we do so through several activities and mentorship sessions that take place during the 8-week program.  If you’re a startup that is considering applying to StepFWD 2021, we hope this article will help shed light not only on what goes on during the program but also