We at Startup Wise Guys have been accelerating B2B startups since 2012 with overall startup success & survival rate above 77%. We’ve had two major exits by our portfolio companies VitalFields and StepShot. And total investment attracted by our portfolio startups is above 30 million eur. Having invested in more than 165 startups already, well, we believe we have what it takes to help you GO BIG!
If you have a B2B company with initial traction, a passionate and solid team, and most of all – great ambition to go global, join our newest B2B SaaS batch taking place in spring 2020!
Apply until February 14, 2020!
30k € cash investment for 9% equity with follow-on possibility up to 250k €
100+ investors and 150+ mentors
Intensive 3 month mentoring program
Free modern co-working space
About the program
Startup Wise Guys accelerator is a no BS, hands-on 3 month intense mentoring program with focus on idea shaping and validation, business development, sales and fundraising, topped up with a Tech Week for CTOs and developers, as well as exposure to investors during regional Tech events and special match-making opportunities.
Or put in another way – it is almost like a sports camp for startup founders – accelerator teaches discipline and creates positive competition speeding-up progress and enhancing learning from other startups from the batch. And did we mention the fun side of it with tequila nights, getaway deep in the countryside with sauna and hot-tubs, and graduation party with dances till 5am?
Accelerator program consists of 3-months intensive mentoring focused on idea shaping and validation, business development, sales and fundraising. But don’t worry – our Geek Squad will keep your developers challenged and busy too!
November - February
Startups can apply online and catch the accelerator team for a chat, office hours and free mentoring on our roadshow. Follow our Facebook page for updates on upcoming events.
Selection Bootcamp - March
Our selection committee, consisting of investors, mentors, corporates and Startup Wise Guys team, will select up to 25 startups who will be invited for the Selection Bootcamp event at the beginning of March in Riga.
March - April
During the first month of accelerator program, startups go through intensive speed mentoring, as well as dive into hands-on workshops on business model, product-market fit, experiment design and of course sales.
Once the business model and sales strategies are in order, startups go deeper in specific topics during Tech, Marketing and Investor weeks.
May - June
Teams get broad exposure to Business Angels and VCs, with several opportunities to pitch at high profile regional startup events like Latitude59 (May 28-29) and TNW (18-19 June). The program officially finishes in June.
After-care: July - September
Continued on-demand help will be provided from mentors and Startup Wise Guys team.
Accelerating in Baltics
With only 6 million inhabitants Baltics host 1499 startups and per capita investments in startups can easily compete with Nordic countries! The Baltics as a whole are evidently more active in raising funding via ICOs than the surrounding regions, particularly in Lithuania and Estonia. This heightened success can be partially attributed to Estonia’s already existing blockchain-based e-residency system, and Lithuania’s crypto-friendly fintech regulations.
There have been more than 950 startup visa applications till August 2018 by non-EU founders, mostly coming from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Turkey to the Baltics. And no surprise there as cost-of-living calculations reveal that with 1093 eur on hand one person would easily last a month in any of the Baltic capitals, whereas the same money would last only for 11 days in London, and 17 days in Stockholm.
Baltic’s, particularly Estonia is the birth place of Startup Wise Guys accelerator. In 2012 a group of successful entrepreneurs and startup founders (some related to notorious Estonian Mafia) created a support platform for young entrepreneurs to help them grow. Up until now we have created an alumni community of 165+ startups from more than 40 countries and invite-only alumni events focused on business development, fundraising and experience sharing is taking place on regular basis.
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 accelerator program.
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 Tallinn a life-changing experience!
Past Batch 10 & 12 MD with strong marketing & VC fund experience, also known as the Machete master
Lead Tech Mentor
Serial entrepreneur (with an exit to large US tech giant), PhD in AI
CFO & Investment Manager
Serial entrepreneur, founder of SmartAD (exited to MTG), has invested in 30+ startups at System Capital
El Patron, Global CEO at Startup Wise Guys
Co-founded 3 companies, raised > 3 million eur, CxO roles at large Telco companies
With more than 165 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! Applications are open until February 14, but don’t wait till the last day to become a part of #SWGMafia!