StepFWD Stories – Weddplanner

The 2020 Cohort has a lot of flavors. Today, we have in the spotlight Weddplanner, the platform created in the form of a guide that contains essential tools and all the steps necessary to plan a wedding The Team behind the startup  Hi. I’m Tania. My husband and I are very passionate about software development and finding efficient solutions to day to day problems, in general. We love building stuff

StepFWD Stories – Acertivo

Let’s explore our amazing 2020 cohort. In the spotlight for today is Acertivo,  the Mindest Fitness Gym for productivity in the workplace and beyond. The Team behind the startup  Hi guys. I’m Toni Gherca. I started Acertivo almost a year ago, together with two other co-founders: Irina Paraschiv, our Lead Scientist, and Lucian Ghinda, in charge of software engineering. Currently, my role is primarily in Product Management. This is our

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In the spotlight for this edition of the 2020 Cohort Showcase is . ( is a web platform that helps companies document, apply, and track their internal processes and procedures so that their teams can always rely on relevant, updated information. The Team behind the startup ( was founded by Doru Arfire and Ana Dragnea. Doru has been developing technology for more than 20 years. His main

StepFWD Stories – Better Speech Coach

Our next amazing startup from 2020 Cohort is Better Speech Coach, a safe space that empowers you to overcome your public speaking fear. The Team behind the startup  I’m Teo and I am a public speaking trainer at Better Speech Coach.  Over the last few years, I have gained experience in areas such as recruitment, training and coaching and I noticed that oftentimes, the people around me were afraid to

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The 2020 Cohort of StepFWD has a lot of flavors. We want to showcase all the amazing things that the startups from this year try to build. The first startup for this series is, the platform that helps busy parents to find verified and trusted babysitters. The Team behind the startup  Laura, Co-Founder and COO, is a former babysitter with over 8 years of experience in childcare, human resources

10 teams join StepFWD 2020

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. This year’s edition takes place between September 28 and November 23. The teams will showcase their progress throughout the program at the StepFWD 2020 Demo Day on November 23.  The finalist teams StepFWD is a program for early-stage tech startups and first-time founders who are

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

StepFWD Stories – Epic Visits

One of our cool startups from the 2019 cohort is Epic Visits. Epic Visits is the booking platform dedicated to thematic and unconventional stays for memorable experiences. Why did you pick this project to work on? In January 2019, we opened a thematic apartment that recreates the story of a family from the communist period. You can call it a living museum. The project helped us understand two things:  It’s