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


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.


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.



June 10

Applications open

Sept 29

Applications close

Oct 14

Program kickoff

Nov 25

Demo Day

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 dates below are subject to small changes.

Week 1: Intro & Legal Mechanics

Monday, 14 Oct
Program Kickoff (Orientation, elevator pitch practice)

Tuesday, 15 Oct
Workshop: Startup legal mechanics
Roundtable: Meeting with mentors

Week 2: Business Models & Product Development

Thursday, 24 Oct
Workshop: Business models

Friday, 25 Oct
Workshop: Product development, product metrics
Roundtable: Meeting with mentors

Week 3: Customer Development & Product Marketing

Wednesday, 30 Oct
Workshop: Sales / Growth Hacking

Thursday, 31 Oct
Workshop: Customer development

Friday, 1 Nov
Workshop: Product marketing
Roundtable: Meeting with mentors

Week 4: Pitching & Speed Mentoring

Wednesday, 6 Nov
Workshop: How to pitch

Thursday, 7 Nov
Pitch practice with the StepFWD team
Speed mentoring session

Week 5: Sales & Investments

Thursday, 14 Nov
Speed mentoring session

Friday, 15 Nov
Roundtable: Term sheets & cap tables
Pitch practice with invited guests (2 mentors)
Roundtable: Meeting with mentors

Week 6: Demo Day

Friday, 22 Nov
Pitch practice: Rehearsal for Demo Day

Monday, 25 Nov
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.


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


Social activities for building connections within the local startups ecosystem


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

Demo Day

The program will wrap-up on November 25th 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.