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

Your lead mentor, your dedicated coach

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

Lessons learned from MorphL’s acquisition

My experience as a founder consists of two startups: the first one, Appticles, which we closed in 2018, and the 2nd one – MorphL, which Algolia acquired in January 2021. The first startup was … let’s say that my co-founder Ciprian Borodescu and I made many mistakes. After raising a small seed round at the beginning of 2014, we failed to generate enough revenue or secure a follow-on investment. After

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

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 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

StepFWD Stories – Licenseware

Licenseware is the software asset management app ecosystem. The Team behind the startup  Software is eating the world. It’s been less than a century since the first modern theory of software. We’ve gone such a long way, so fast. It’s hard for us to imagine now, how the world used to work before computers. Businesses are being disrupted worldwide, and remaining relevant, every company needs to become a software company.