Program

StepFWD is a 6-weeks pre-accelerator program, aimed at fueling growth for tech companies with gender-balanced teams.

Applications are closed for 2019 Cohort

Purpose

Our purpose is to educate first-time and early-stage entrepreneurs who want to grow a prototype or idea into a profitable business. The program is powered by Codette and TechHub Bucharest, in partnership with Google for Startups and supported by the U.S. Embassy in Romania.

Focus

We focus on building confidence for first-time female founders that can benefit the most from building a relationship with experienced mentors from diverse industries.

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Program Schedule

The StepFWD program is structured over a 6 weeks time span. During each week we will have workshops and mentoring sessions with different topics. All workshops will be delivered by the founders of established startups and seasoned industry professionals.

The program below is subject to changes.

Week 1: Intro, Legal Mechanics, Business Models

Day 1
Program Kickoff (Orientation, elevator pitch practice)

Day 2
Workshop: Startup legal mechanics

Day 3
Workshop: Business models
Roundtable: Meeting with mentors

Week 2: Customer & Product Development

Day 1
Workshop: Customer development

Day 2
Workshop: Product development, product metrics
Roundtable: Meeting with mentors

Week 3: Sales & Marketing

Day 1
Workshop: Sales / Growth Hacking

Day 2
Workshop: Product marketing

Day 3
Speed mentoring session

Week 4: Pitching & Speed Mentoring

Day 1
Speed mentoring session

Day 2
Workshop: How to pitch

Week 5: Sales & Investments

Day 1
Pitch practice with the StepFWD team

Day 2
Pitch practice: Refine pitch deck with mentors
Roundtable: Term sheets & cap tables

Week 6: Demo Day

Day 1
Pitch practice with invited guests (2 mentors)

Day 2
Pitch practice: Final rehearsal for Demo Day

Day 3
Demo day

Applications are closed

Applications for the 2019 Cohort are closed.

Other Benefits

Complementary to the workshops and roundtables, we will have other weekly activities.

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1-on-1

1-on-1 business & product consultancy through meetings with the StepFWD team and (on request) with mentors

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NETWORKING

Social activities for building connections within the local startups ecosystem

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PITCHING

Weekly pitch practice, helping you achieve the perfect presentation at Demo Day

Demo Day

The program wraps up with Demo Day, an event where the participating teams will showcase their products and businesses in a 5 minute pitch on stage in front of the audience.