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.
55k € investment for 9% equity with a follow-on possibility
250+ mentors and 200+ investors
Intensive up to 5 months long mentoring program
Free modern co-working space
Notable startups from our portfolio
Analytics & Marketing, Other Verticals
Analytics & Marketing, Other Verticals
Enterprise Software, Other Verticals
AI&VR, Analytics & Marketing, Fintech
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.
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.
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.
Setting the Fundamentals
The program begins with clear KPI and goal setting and work on the team itself.
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.
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.
Implementation time of the knowledge gained and for the growth of the business.
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 strategy and broad exposure to Business Angels and VCs.
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.
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.
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!
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!