The Founders Club
A 3-month online program designed to accelerate and/or create B2B scalable tech startups. Find co-founders, define and refine ideas, develop or finetune an MVP, engage your first customers, and ensure your first funding.
If you have entrepreneurial spirit, are looking for a shake up from your corporate job or maybe you are just really passionate about innovative B2B business solutions this program could help you get on your way to founder success.
If you are an early-stage startup, with no significant revenues, this program may help you to speed up sales and find your first investment (up to €100K).
Meet people and cofounders
Find a like-minded co-founder or reinforce your existing team. Access a diverse network of entrepreneurs with complementary skill sets. The Founder Clubs allows you to look for the best co-founder in more than one cohort, until you find your ideal match.
Secure your first investor
Receive a convertible investment up to €100,000 (with a program cost of €35,000) and an additional €250,000 as a follow-on opportunity. If you register a legal entity in Bilbao, there's a chance to secure an even higher investment of up to €200,000.
Expand your knowledge and skills
Refine your business idea and benefit from our mentors' expertise. Upskill your sales, marketing and pitching abilities.
*Note: this is the preliminary schedule – some changes can occur on the go.
About the program
Applications are now open as we use a rolling process. Please note that the application deadline is March 13th, 2024.
Our team will carefully review all applications. Once we identify potential candidates that fit our requirements, we will reach out to schedule an interview
Note: applications are checked on first come first serve basis.
The program costs €500+VAT for individuals and €750+VAT for teams, however CTO’s /Developers may apply for a full scholarship and attend per free. It is expected that participants attend all of the sessions (only missing one session is allowed) and complete the required assignments and pre-work for each session.
Team Building, Customer Discovery and Validation
Week 1: Program kick-off & introduction to team and participants
Week 2: Matchmaking, networking, team building, and vision planning
Week 3: Create a value propositions and engage in customer discovery
Week 4: Validate Key Assumptions by engaging in customer validation. Prepare the customer interview guide, work on your value proposition and refine your customer conversation questions.
Week 5: Further customer discovery - synthesise information from customer interviews to strengthen customer profile and value proposition
Define your Business Model and Revenue Streams. Build your MVP and Investment Pitch Deck. Develop a Go-To-Market plan.
Week 6: Define your business model and revenue streams
Week 7: Covering the basics of Valuation and Financial Planning
Week 8: Best practices for developing your MVP and Sprint Introduction
Week 9: Product Sprint sessions - Scoping and Ideation
Week 10: Develop a Go-To-Market plan and Product Sprint sessions
Week 11: Building your pitch deck and Sprint Presentation
Week 12: Graduation Presentations
And when you think it’s all over… it has only just started. Once you have completed the program we don’t stop working together, and you could have the possibility of a followup investment as your startup continues to grow (up to €250K).
You will still benefit from the support and program aftercare of the Startup Wise Guys community channels, expert mentors and continue to achieve support to help you build your next big thing!
It would be a great match if you are
Ambitious, motivated and looking for an adventure…
This program is designed for individuals who meet one or more of the requirements listed below.
- Over 7 years experience working, ideally, in a fast-growing or scale-up company
- Relevant leadership experience in:Strategy, leading sales (CEO/CMO candidates), Product development, strategy and/or operations team (CTO/ COO candidates) or Finance (CFO candidates).
- Resolution to launch a scalable B2B startup (preferably SaaS, XR, Sustainability, Fintech, Cyber, PropTech or Web3 focused).
- A MSc or MBA in Business Administration or any other relevant field.
Early Stage Startups:
- Working on B2B tech scalable ideas
- With a complete team or still looking for additional Co-founders
- Have not reach a significant MRR, big enough to attract early-stage investment
Let’s crunch some numbers
Startup Wise Guys (SWG) is one of the leading investors in the broader CEE and CIS regions, as well as Nordics. With 440+ successful startups in our portfolio and a strong team of top-notch mentors and serial entrepreneurs, we have the experience and knowledge to help you grow your startup—sustainably, wisely, and globally.
Learning Design Lead
Marta Madara Dundure
Online Program Manager
Program Operations Manager
Head of Founders Club