How to Web is launching MVP Academy – a pre-acceleration program for startups in the region

Every year, we ask ourselves what is the next project we can create to further boost the regional tech ecosystem. While last year we opened TechHub Bucharest, creating a focal point for the local tech community in Bucharest, this year we’re onto something different.

During the How to Web conference, we’ve also worked on the Startup Spotlight program & competition (since 2012), comprising of 4 intensive days of pitching, mentoring and networking for 32 early stage startups. Each year, we’ve done our best to make the program more useful and efficient by learning about the problems and opportunities early stage startups face.

This is why this year we’re launching the How to Web MVP Academy, a pre-acceleration program designed to get your MVP and your pitch ready to be financed.


The program will provide a top-notch 7 week educational program, enhanced with key connections to amazing mentors and potential further investors. And all of it is free and requires no equity from the participating teams. Talent & commitment are the key prerequisites!

Key facts about the How to Web MVP Academy

How to Web MVP Academy will unfurl during June 2 and July 22 at TechHub Bucharest and will bring together 14 promising teams from the region. Besides the educational component, the finalist teams will benefit, for the entire duration of the program, from:
– co-working space
– mentoring
– access to the international tech community
– connections with angel investors, acceleration programs and early stage venture funds.

During the 7 weeks of the program, the final teams will participate in practical workshops and will acquire key competencies for building a startup:
– business intelligence,
– finance,
– legal aspects,
– product development,
– storytelling,
– marketing,
– community building,
– networking or
– pitching.

Moreover, the teams will also derive key insights from the mentorship sessions with locally, regionally and internationally apprised specialists and entrepreneurs! We’re delighted to announce that Jon Bradford (Managing Director, TechStars UK), Florin Talpes (CEO, Bitdefender), Alex Negrea (Co-founder & CTO, docTrackr), George Lemnaru (Founder, GreenHorse Games), Bobby Voicu (Co-founder & CEO, MavenHut), Vladimir Oane (Co-founder & CPO, uberVU), Olaf Lausen (New Business Development Cosmote & Romtelecom Romania), Zoli Herczeg (Business Envagelist, Microsoft), and many, many more key tech people from all over Europe will be involved in the program, sharing their impressive knowledge and experience.

The teams’ progress will be tracked during the entire program (and even after its finish) through a series of key performance indicators and they will also benefit from customized mentoring sessions, fitted to their industry-specific needs.

Who can apply for the How to Web MVP Academy?

The program is designed for tech startups (teams or individuals) which:
– have less than 2 years of activity,
– have developed at least a minimum viable product,
– haven’t raised more than 50.000 EUR until the moment they joined the program and
– haven’t participated in any other acceleration program.
The tech products they are working on must fall in one of the following categories: software, hardware, internet of things, mobile, robotics, biotech, medtech or ecommerce.

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Applications for the program start today (April 30) and will end May 17. All the applications will be evaluated by a specialist jury, considering factors such as the team and its experience in the field, the target market’s size, industry trends, the initial traction, the feasibility, and the scalability of the product. The teams accepted into the program will be announced Friday, May 23rd. The activities will kick off on June 2nd and will end on July 22 with Demo Day.

For the How to Web MVP Academy we’re combining the power of the local community, involving excellent entrepreneurs, investors and specialists as mentors, and How to Web’s broad network that can provide extra push in crafting a great experience for every startup we’ll work with.

We can’t wait for this amazing ride along with some great, enthusiastic teams! Get on board and start building your application!


Of course, we’d like to thank our partners whose involvement in the regional tech community is invaluable for the startups who want to build their war towards success. The How to Web MVP Academy is a program developed in partnership with Microsoft, Romtelecom and Cosmote, with the support of Bitdefender, Raiffeisen Bank, Hub:raum and TechHub Bucharest.

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