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 CohortApply now
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.
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.
Program Kickoff (Orientation, elevator pitch practice)
Meet the lead mentors
Speed mentoring practice
Roundtable: Meet the StepFWD'19 alumni
Workshop: Startup legal mechanics
Workshop: Business models
Hands on: Startup legal mechanics
Hands on: Business models
Workshop: Customer development
Workshop: Product development, product metrics
Hands on: Customer development
Hands on: Product development, product metrics
Workshop: Sales / Growth Hacking
Workshop: Product marketing
Hands on: Sales / Growth Hacking
Hands on: Product marketing
Workshop: How to pitch
Hands on: Fundraising
Hands on: How to pitch
Roundtable: Serial entrepreneurs share their story
Pitch practice: Refine pitch deck with mentors
Pitch practice with the StepFWD team
Pitch practice: Final rehearsal
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
The program wraps up with Demo Day, an event where the participating teams will showcase their products and businesses in a 5 minute pitch.