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. Dan Oros, Head of Marketing Google Romania, has presented the instruments that Google for Startups offers to the teams. From the U.S. Embassy in Romania, we had Merry Miller,  Public Affairs Counselor, sharing from her experience how diversity is linked in the professional environment and why it is important to have diverse teams.

The finalist teams

StepFWD is a program for early-stage tech startups and first-time founders who are working on their startup idea and are developing their product. For the 2019 edition, we have selected 11 teams that are between a well-defined idea all to way to an MVP. The finalist teams are as follow:

Epic Visits – Online booking platform hosting thematic & unconventional spaces & experiences.

Glasskoo – The ultimate 3D virtual try-on for your next pair of glasses.

Hey, Be Well! – A marketplace for online classes and micro-services in the well-being industry.

Hire up – Hire up is a peer to peer recruitment platform that rewards successful referrals.

Intuit AI –  Intuit AI enables individuals with any background to create AI capabilities.

JobFlex  – Jobflex helps companies implement job flexibility with data, tools and processes personalized to their needs.

Mai vreau! – A platform where you can find and book many awesome activities.

Maponia – User generated content app dedicated to professional drivers in transit through Europe.

The Cast List – Integrated online casting system for both actors and producers & directors.

Vestinda – Platform that aggregates investments accounts in a unified experience for millenials.

Zoom Report – A web platform for exploring localized data. It saves time and helps the user make informed decisions.