One StepFWD startup will be supported by Orange

Last week we announced a new partnership with Orange Romania, offering extra opportunities for startups from our 2020 edition. This year, one of the participating teams will be supported by Orange and receive dedicated mentorship from Orange Fab professionals. The winning startup should activate in one of the following verticals: 5G & networks of the future, IoT and connected objects, smart city & mobility, security, fintech, smart retail, media &

Meet the StepFWD lead mentors and find out what they can do for you

As we moved the program online for this years’ edition, we realized that we had to make the activities shorter, more focused, and tailored to each startup’s needs.  One way we aim to achieve these goals is to work closely with lead mentors throughout the 8-week program, a role that I will better detail below. Who are the lead mentors? The StepFWD lead mentors are experienced entrepreneurs or people who

StepFWD 2020 – Sneak peek at program activities and founders’ journey

StepFWD is a 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 who is considering applying to StepFWD 2020, we hope this article will help shed light not only on what goes on during the program but also

Time to BUILD

2020 reminded us in a very painful way that we are, above everything else, human. It was and still is scary. As startup founders, we are powered by a sense of meaning, purpose and sometimes ego. And all of these things lost their significance in a matter of days, leaving us dazed and confused and wondering if what we’re doing makes sense in the new reality.  Some businesses thrived, while

StepFWD Stories – Maponia

Maponia helps transport & logistics companies increase their ROI offering truck drivers time and autonomy by efficient route planning. Why did you pick this project to work on? Having a common hobby, me and my partner had the opportunity to travel in the truck cabin. Thus, we discovered how many challenges the truck drivers have during the trip. And we decided to help them by bringing the technology in the

StepFWD Demo Day – It’s your time to shine

The Demo Day has marked the end of the first StepFWD pre-accelerator. During the event, the 9 graduating startups have showcased their products in front of an audience of entrepreneurs, investors, industry professionals, and the extended community.   Throughout the 6 weeks, the selected startups have been through an intensive experience. StepFWD has brought together 47 mentors with diverse backgrounds, from entrepreneurs and investors, all the way to professionals from the

Save the date! November 25, Demo Day

StepFWD, the pre-accelerator made by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, is inviting you to the 2019 Demo Day! The participating startups will be showcasing their achievements and will share the next steps in their entrepreneurial journey. Be sure to RSVP your spot for November 25, starting at 17:00 at Apolo 111. About the Demo Day Mentors, investors, community partners, corporates, press attendees are invited together with the broader community to the StepFWD

StepFWD has started with 11 teams entering the program

StepFWD is the pre-accelerator for early-stage tech startups with diverse teams that are planning to launch their product on the market and grow their business. The 2019 edition takes place between October 14 and November 25. The teams will showcase their progress throughout the program at the StepFWD Demo Day on November 25.  The official launch event has brought the finalist teams together with partners, mentors, and the StepFWD team.

Last week of applications at StepFWD, a 6-week pre-accelerator organized by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs

StepFWD is a pre-accelerator for early-stage tech startups that aims to encourage diversity in the startup ecosystem. StepFWD is created by Codette together with TechHub Bucharest and is a pre-accelerator organized by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Applications are opened by September 29 on the program’s website www.stepfwd.today. Organized in partnership with Google for Startups and supported by the US Embassy in Romania, StepFWD aims to support early-stage tech startups that have

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