WISE GUYS SAAS

Starting November 2020 in Milan, Italy

Why Startup Wise Guys?

Startup Wise Guys is one of Europe’s oldest and most experienced startup accelerators, born in the tech-savvy Estonia back in 2012. We have always been true to our impact – developing startup founders and ecosystems in overlooked or underserved markets. Apart from being severely hit by pandemic, Italy’s startup ecosystem is booming with potential. We are ready to invest in and accelerate Italian startups who want to go global and international startups looking for expansion to Italy. We will be doing that through our flagship SaaS program that has success and survival rate above 77%.

So if you have a B2B SaaS company with initial traction, a passionate and solid team, and most of all – a great ambition to go global, join our first Wise Guys SaaS program in Italy starting November 2020.

Applications open until October 2, 2020! Program will be run from Milan, Italy, with online and on-site modules.

Startup Wise Guys

Equity Investment

55k € investment for 9% equity with a follow-on possibility

Network

250+ mentors and 200+ investors

Knowledge

Intensive up to 5 months long mentoring program

Office

Free modern co-working space

Notable startups from our portfolio

Program Outline

As of autumn 2020 Startup Wise Guys is launching  a new format of acceleration program that is better fit to meet the needs of today’s startups and apart from intensive mentoring offers also implementation time. Program is run with 9 content modules to cover all aspects of accelerating product, company and founders.

Applications Open

Startups can apply online and catch the Wise Guys SaaS team for a chat, office hours and free mentoring at events. Follow our Facebook page for updates on upcoming events.

Selection Bootcamp

Our selection committee, consisting of investors, mentors, and Wise Guys SaaS team, will select up to 25 startups who will be invited for the 3-day Selection Bootcamp.
Program Starts

Setting the Fundamentals

The program begins with clear KPI and goal setting and work on the team itself.

Customer Discovery

A module on the target market and customers follows to find out where to focus the team’s attention.

Product Alignment and Sales Acceleration

First product sprint of the program to answer the big product-related questions.

Market Engineering

A module on defining the startup’s strengths and characteristics that make it distinctive.

Sales and Marketing

Development of marketing and sales strategies as well as pitch upgrade.

(Product) Build

Implementation time of the knowledge gained and for the growth of the business.

Business Development

Business and sales development combined with the second product sprint.

Startups 12 months road map

A module on the future of the startup’s journey within tech, sales, and business.

Fundraising

Fundraising strategy and broad exposure to Business Angels and VCs.
Post-Program Support

After program care

Continued on-demand help will be provided from the Startup Wise Guys team and mentors, as well as a never-ending journey as a part of the Startup Wise Guys alumni community will follow.

Accelerating in Italy

With 185 investments in early-stage startups, we are one of the top investors in the broader CEE region and Nordics. Our Portfolio has had already two major exits – VitalFields and Stepshot, and the overall startup survival and success rate is above 77%. We strive to find the hidden treasures at overlooked markets by helping founders build successful and international businesses, in that way also boosting the local ecosystems. We see Italy as a country with huge potential to become a digital-savvy nation.
By launching Wise Guys SaaS acceleration program in Milan we will impact Italy and its startup ecosystem bringing new resources and enthusiasm. In recent years, the Italian ecosystem has grown and matured significantly, both in terms of number of startups and volumes of investments. Startup Wise Guys want to enhance this capital of talent and skills and help it take a further leap in quality, facilitating access to an international perspective and create opportunity for development and internationalisation.  This is  the perfect time for Italy for its growing governmental support for innovation as well as increased Business Angel activity.

We felt the energy coming from startups and mentors throughout the JUMP for Italy program. It has been driving us forward since early May despite the turbulent times we are all facing right now. We believe in passionate teams with global ambitions and we want to help them make it real. So if you are a B2B Software as a Service startup and you have the power to execute, apply and become a part of Startup Wise Guys family.

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 mentors you will get the chance to meet and learn from during the accelerator program.

Ginny Radmall

Pitch & Storytelling

Mario Krivokapic

B2B Sales

Patrick Campbell

Pricing

Herty Tammo

Raising Seed rounds
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

Lauma Gailīte

SaaS Batch Managing Director

Cristobal Alonso

El Patron, Global CEO at Startup Wise Guys

Fausta Pavesio

Venture Partner – Startup Wise Guys Italy

And 20+ more… Take a look

Applications Open

With more than 185 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 Startup Wise Guys family!

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