StepFWD is an 8-week pre-accelerator program, aimed at fueling growth for tech companies with diverse teams.

Applications are now open for the 2020 Cohort

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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 TechHub Bucharest, in partnership with Google for Startups.


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



June 15

Applications open

August 30

Applications close

Sept 28

Program kickoff

Nov 23

Demo Day

Program Schedule

The StepFWD program is structured over a 8 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.

Your startup will be paired with a lead mentor that will advise and guide you for the duration of the program.

The schedule below is subject to changes.

Week 1: Intro

Day 1
Program Kickoff (Orientation, elevator pitch practice)
Meet the lead mentors

Day 2
Speed mentoring practice
Roundtable: Meet the StepFWD'19 alumni

Week 2: Intro, Legal Mechanics, Business Models

Day 1
Workshop: Startup legal mechanics
Workshop: Business models

Day 2
Hands on: Startup legal mechanics
Hands on: Business models

Week 3: Customer & Product Development

Day 1
Workshop: Customer development
Workshop: Product development, product metrics

Day 2
Hands on: Customer development
Hands on: Product development, product metrics

Week 4: Sales & Marketing

Day 1
Workshop: Sales / Growth Hacking
Workshop: Product marketing

Day 2
Hands on: Sales / Growth Hacking
Hands on: Product marketing

Week 5: Fundraising & Pitching

Day 1
Workshop: Fundraising
Workshop: How to pitch

Day 2
Hands on: Fundraising
Hands on: How to pitch

Week 6: Break & Speed mentoring

Day 1
Roundtable: Serial entrepreneurs share their story
Speed mentoring

Week 7 & 8: Pitch practice & Speed mentoring

Day 1
Pitch practice: Refine pitch deck with mentors
Pitch practice with the StepFWD team

Day 2
Speed mentoring

Week 9: DemoDay

Pitch practice: Final rehearsal
Demo day

Ready to Apply?

Applications for the 2020 Cohort are open!

Apply now*

* To ensure the participants and mentors' safety, activities will take place online.

Other Benefits

Complementary to the workshops and hands-on meetings, we will have other weekly activities.


1-on-1 business & product consultancy through meetings with a lead mentor and the StepFWD team


Social activities for building connections within the local startups ecosystem


Pitch practice sessions, 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.

Apply now