INNOVATE. AMPLIFY. GROW:

SAAS STARTUP ACCELERATOR

Join the Wise Guys SaaS startup accelerator program in Milan, Italy starting May 2022.

Get Funding

Get up to €90K investment (65K cash + 25K program) with a €300K follow-on possibility

Learn from the best

Benefit from meeting top-notch industry experts: 250+ mentors, 200+ investors, and 500+ alumni

Be challenged

Join our intensive 5-month startup accelerator program power-packed with cutting-edge industry knowledge and expertise

Enjoy

Accelerate your growth at a modern coworking space full of like-minded challengers and game-changers

Go From Founder to Global Entrepreneur With Our SAAS Startup Accelerator

In 10 years, we kept polishing and perfecting our startup accelerator program to bring you the most cutting-edge SAAS incubator experience:

GO-TO-MARKET STRATEGY

  • Setting KPIs and goals: various frameworks, tracking, company-wide onboarding
  • Customer discovery: how to find the right target market & audience
  • Determining your startup’s key strengths and unique value proposition

PRODUCT BUILDING

  • Product alignment and sales acceleration
  • Product refinement based on feedback and new expertise

SALES & MARKETING

  • Synchronizing marketing and sales strategies
  • Business and sales development strategies
  • Pitching fundamentals and hacks

FUTURE-PROOFING FOR SUCCESS

  • Defining a 12-month development roadmap across tech, sales, and overall business strategy
  • Ins and out of fundraising: strategy, networking + unique exposure to business angels and VCs

PROGRAM AFTER CARE

We provide continued on-demand help. Once you complete the program, you’ll join the most vibrant community of Startup Wise Guys Alumni network, where our teams and mentors will keep routing for your success after the program completion.

Important Dates & Program Format

Wise Guys SaaS Startup Accelerator in Milan is a hybrid program that includes both online and offline modules. Our cozy coworking space will be available throughout the entire program.

Applications open

March 7

Applications closed

May 5

Program Starts

May 23

Progress Day

July

Program Ends

November

Start Your SAAS Excellence Journey With Startup Wise Guys

Startup Wise Guys are one of the top investors in the broader CEE and CIS regions, and Nordics. With more than 235 startup investments behind our back and a solid team of serial entrepreneurs and passionate mentors – we for sure have what it takes to help you accelerate your business growth and scale internationally!

Software as a Service is our flagship vertical, which we have been investing in and accelerating since 2012.

10

exits

290

portfolio companies

213M €

raised by portfolio startups

600

founders

Awesome Mentors

We have a deep network of 250+ mentors who are experts in their fields or founders of startups themselves. Here are some of our top Fintech mentors you will get the chance to meet and learn from at Wise Guys Fintech accelerator program.

Ginny Radmall

Public Speaking & Storytelling

Gleb Maltsev

Pitch Coach

Anna Kainova

Sales Objections

Katrin Kiviselg

Account Management

Mario Krivokapic

Sales Discovery and Demos

Stoyan Yankov

Productivity and performance

Rogier Van Willigen

Entrepreneurship

Eddy Fioretti

Entrepreneurship

And 250 more… Take a look

Team

Running an accelerator is a bit like running a sports camp! This is the kick-ass team that will keep you on track with KPIs, give constructive feedback and make your stay in Milan a life-changing experience!

Andrea Orlando

Managing Partner – Startup Wise Guys Italy

Giovanni Khoury

Program Managing Director

Cristobal Alonso

Global CEO at Startup Wise Guys

Dag Ainsoo

General Partner and CFO at Startup Wise Guys

And more… Take a look

BRING YOUR SAAS STARTUP TO THE NEXT LEVEL

With more than 275+ startup investments behind our back and a solid team of serial entrepreneurs and passionate mentors – we for sure have what it takes to help you speed up your business and scale internationally! Hit the button below and become a part of the Startup Wise Guys family

FAQ

Our programs are meant for B2B startups. We do sometimes work with B2B2C companies, but we do not work with B2C startups.

To be eligible for the full-time acceleration program you need to have:

  • at least a working MVP;
  • at least 2 co-founders/team members;
  • initial customer traction, MRR or revenues.

If selected for the program you will have to register your company in Italy.

  • After the submission of the application to the Dealum, the Scouting team evaluates the application for eligibility. It can take up to 2 weeks for us to get back to you after we have received your application.
  • If the application fits our criteria we might ask you additional questions and invite you to take part in the pitch day to present the business to SWG General partners and team members.
  • Pitch day is an internal event to evaluate the business idea and meet founders face to face, after the pitches SWG team decides how to proceed with the application. Decisions are: move forward with Due Diligence, offer Wise Guys Pre-accelerator program, reject or stay in touch until later.
  • Due diligence process includes: the Tech call, Managing Director call, Partner/ expert call, and the Deal call.
  • After the startup has successfully gone through the due diligence process they are invited to the Selection Bootcamp.
  • TOP 10-12 teams are selected to participate in the acceleration program.

Investment conditions include up to €90K investment (65K cash + 25K program) with a €300K follow-on possibility.

Throughout the program, there are four main focus areas on which we are working to help you build and grow your startup: Company building, Sales and marketing, Fundraising and Pitching, and Product building.

Work in these areas happens through intensive collaboration with almost 100 mentors at workshops, one-on-one sessions, and sprint weeks, as well as through a dedicated implementation time throughout the program.

A full-time commitment is a requirement to participate in the program.

The Scouting team evaluates each application and decides what program the startup is eligible for. If we see the potential in the project, but it is still a little too early for acceleration we invite the startup for the 8-week long pre-acceleration program, where we provide mentoring and support to help startups grow faster. After the Pre-acceleration the best teams might get invited to take part in the full-time Acceleration program.

The acceleration program is a 5-month program and comes with an investment. The main criteria to be eligible for the equity-based program are:
– a working MVP
– at least 2 co-founders
– initial traction. MRR/ revenues.

Overall there are no restrictions except for Russia or Belarus-based companies.*

You have to take into account that the workshops, mentoring sessions, and other program activities will happen according to the CET time zone, so you might have to adapt to this schedule.

Also, it’s a hybrid program with online and onsite modules, therefore, if there are no Covid related restrictions, some parts of the program will happen onsite at our Milan office, and you’ll be expected to be there.

*Startup Wise Guys does not and will not invest in Russia and/or Belarus-based companies (or companies that have business activities in Russia and/or Belarus and/or any other company which has management bodies and/or beneficial owners in Russia and/or Belarus). Nevertheless, we do support Russian- or Belarusian- origin startup founders who actively oppose Putin’s aggression and his regime.

For more details read our full statement and stand regarding the war in Ukraine.

Yes, you can. However, you will need to establish a company, if selected for the program.

The program will only be held in English.

We provide continued on-demand help. Once you complete the program, you’ll join the most vibrant community of Startup Wise Guys Alumni network, where our teams and mentors will keep routing for your success after the program completion.

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