Founders Club

TURN YOUR KNOWLEDGE INTO A B2B STARTUP
Join the Startup Wise Guys Founders Club to find a team, develop an idea, and launch an international B2B startup.
December – February 2023, Online

Connect with like-minded individuals

Find a co-founder or reinforce your team by connecting with other professionals eager to become entrepreneurs

Refine your business idea & launch your startup

Validate your existing idea or access ideas from potential mentors and team up with them.

Secure your first investor

In case of a successful startup launch, Startup Wise Guys commits to investing up to €100K as your first investor

Get support from top mentors

Get access to the top industry experts and practitioners, as well as hands-on support to all things business development

Launch your own B2B startup

Founders Club is a unique program designed to encourage new team formation among former entrepreneurs and corporate employees and to equip them with necessary tools and knowledge for a successful startup launch.

What

Eight 2-hour sessions & homework focused on team formation, idea validation, and business plan development.

When

The program runs from December 13, 2022, until February 21, 2023. Applications are open from October 17 until December 3.

Where

Founders Club sessions will take place online on Tuesday evenings between 6:30 and 8:30 PM CET.

How

There’s a program cost of €500, and you are expected to attend at least 7 out 8 sessions, and present the given assignment each session. CTO’s /Developers may apply for a full scholarship and attend per free.

Dates You Don’t Want to Miss

While the start of the program is planned already for 2022, there will be no sessions during the Holiday. Most of the work will take place in January and February on Tuesdays between 6:30-8:30 PM CET to support the participation of those working full-time during the day. 

Applications open

October 17, 2022

Applications closed

December 3

Program Starts

December 13, 2022

Program Ends

February 21, 2023

Who can become a part of the Startup Wise Guys Founders Club?

Startup Wise Guys Founders Club is the place for you to connect with like-minded individuals with complementary skills and together create a great international startup. 

This program is meant for individuals with one or more of the following traits: 

  • Solid experience of at least 7 years, preferably working with fast-growing and scale-up companies;
  • Relevant leadership experience in:
    • Strategy, leading sales (CEO/CMO candidates);
    • Product development, strategy and/or operations team (CTO/ COO candidates);
    • Finance (CFO candidates).
  • Resolution to launch a scaleable B2B startup (preferably SaaS, XR, Sustainability, Fintech, or Cyber focused);
  • MSc or MBA in business administration or relevant field.

Futureproof Your Startup With Startup Wise Guys

Startup Wise Guys (SWG) is one of the leading investors in the broader CEE and CIS regions, as well as Nordics. With 340+ 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.

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exits

340+

portfolio companies

600+

founders network

80%

Survival rate

285M€

raised by portfolio startups

Team

This is the kick-ass team that will keep you on track with KPIs, give constructive feedback, and make sure that you get the best program content possible.

Sergio Borasino

Program Managing Director

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Secure your spot and join Founders Club

Join Startup Wise Guys Founders Club, a unique program designed to encourage new team formation among former entrepreneurs and corporate employees and to equip you with the necessary tools and knowledge for a successful startup launch. 

FAQ

Founders Program is an online 8 weeks program for people determined to found a B2B startup. As many participants are working, the program occurs between 6:30-8:30 pm CET. This program is for former entrepreneurs or corporate employees looking for a change with no entrepreneurial experience. 

The program is focused on three main areas: networking and team formation, ideation and idea validation, and business modeling.

Detailed agenda will be confirmed closer to the start of the program, but here's a quick overview:

  • December 13: Kick off the Program
  • January 10: Matchmaking, team reinforcement, Networking
  • January 17: Problem Framing
  • January 24: Ideation
  • January 31: Idea Validation
  • February 7: Business Model
  • February 14: Pitching Workshop
  • February 21: Business Presentation Event
The program cost is €500 (to be paid with an inscription). CTO`s /Developers may apply for a full scholarship and attend per free.

We will ask for a €1000 commitment deposit at the moment of the inscription. You will be reimbursed this amount after the program is over unless you fail to:

  •   Present the required assignments each session;
  •   Attend a minimum of 7 out of the 8 sessions.

Note that the assignments/homework will require an average of 4 hours weekly, not counting the online sessions. 

By the end of the program, you can pitch to Startup Wise Guys and may receive up to €100k for your startup. Only if funded, you will be expected to pay €20k to cover program costs and for the follow-up sessions: Ideally, we will continue to help you and participate also in your next investment round.

No, you can take an already existing idea proposed by mentors or other program participants.

No, but we will prioritize participants willing to build a  B2B scalable startup (preferably SaaS, XR, Sustainability, Fintech or Cyber).
Determination, ambition and hard work. We expect you to attend all the sessions and to work seriously on the homeworks. To successfully finish the program, you'll have to have attended 7 out of 8 sessions and do a presentation of the business idea/plan you have developed throughout the program.
Yes, for learning purposes. 

 

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