Make your startup into an investable business in 8 weeks
with our equity-free pre-accelerator program
The perfect training ground for early-stage startup founders
This equity-free no strings attached program is run by us – one of Europe’s most experienced and successful startup accelerators. It has been designed specifically for early-stage startup founders. Our 8-week program will ensure that you have all the key components of your business and idea in order so that you can successfully apply for full-time accelerator programs or first-round investment. It is also one step closer to receiving investment from the Startup Wise Guys fund.
We are looking for:
Founder teams of at least two people;
A draft version of your MVP;
teams have graduated
teams invited to Selection Bootcamp's
teams went through full time accelerator programs and received investment from SWG
Who is this program for?
This program is perfect for early-stage B2B startup founders representing one of the following verticals:
Software as a Service
What to Expect
Pre-recorded online content
with additional materials to help your team progress
Live online sessions
with the coaches on a particular subject
one-on-one with our Startup Wise Guys mentors
to help you accelerate and have the foundations for a full-time program
with participants for knowledge sharing and product development
Pre-Accelerator program outline
Week 1: Welcome
The welcome is all about making sure you know what to expect and are ready to rock! You will get access to our Learning Platform, program Slack Workspace, and Google Calendar.
Week 2: Purpose
What is your purpose? What is your mission, vision, and culture? Understanding why you do what you do will make things easier as you move through your startup journey.
Week 3: Pitching and Product
It is all about pitching your product! But what exactly is your product? Understand why being clear about the problem is the first step to solving (and selling) your product.
Week 4: Product and Planning
This week is focused on your product and making sure it is going to be kick-ass, and that is unique and something your customers want.
Week 5: Staying Strong
How can you stay on top of your game to push your startup to the next level? What can you do to be ready for the next crisis?
Week 6: Sales and Team basics
A crash course in sales, marketing, and branding. Get ready to think about your sales funnel, and not only who you reach out to, but how you reach out to them.
Week 7: Your company and your Investors
This week we focus on robust communication. And then it is time to pivot and look at finances and metrics! Getting this right will ensure you can easily talk to potential collaborators and investors.
Week 8: Legal Basics
Want to know where to register your business, understand some of the basics of GDPR, or how to avoid lawyers – this is the week for you!
Founder of Marketing Sutra
Co-founder and CEO of Kaiku
CEO and Founder Omdena
CEO of Zelos
CEO of Prospect Labs
Productivity coach, PERFORM methodology
Onboarding Specialist at Katana Smart Manufacturing Software
Farokh Shahabi Nezhad
Co-founder & CEO at Formaloo
ICLUB – Regional Director
Partner at Insta Ventures
Founder and CEO of Dillali
What do graduates say
A great Online pre-accelerator, we got to learn startup concepts from a global perspective delivered by a global team. I strongly recommend.
CEO at Nigenius Technologies
We have gained valuable knowledge and a great network of both industry experts and other fantastic startups that we have met and are facing many of the same challenges that we have. Startup Wise Guys team has created a very well-rounded pre-accelerator program that allows you to take what you need and expand your network with other dedicated entrepreneurs from around the world.
Matsiko David Brian
With many acceleration programs being offered across the globe Startup Wise Guys online program is definitely on top of the chain with a well-articulated program that is worth your time and attention. With a wide ranch of experienced mentors that go the extra mile to contribute to your growth, I definitely recommend the program to anyone who wants to take their ideas to the next level.
As a first-time founder, you need to clarify the product-market fit. Startup Wise Guys provides a platform that guides early-stage founders with the right market penetration.
When scouting for our accelerator program for startups, we go through hundreds of pitch decks and startup profiles, and we see that many founders lack many of the basics. This is the program that will help you get those basics right!
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