With few days left to submit your application for MVP Academy, it’s now time to take a look at the activities we’ve lined up for you, as well as the mentors you’ll work with throughout the accelerator. Today we’re pleased to announce you that active investors, top-notch entrepreneurs and experienced professionals will join the program to help you take your product to the next level and build a sound business. Are you a tech founder working on a product with global potential? Then read on!
MVP Academy kicks off on April 11th, and for the next 2 months, we’ll take you out of your comfort zone and bring you into the startup world at TechHub Bucharest! It’s here where you’ll get lots of learning and work done, while building valuable connections with relevant people in the regional tech industry. No bullshit, just hard work!
Throughout the program you will:
- Define your product and launch it on the global market;
- Receive product and business consultancy;
- Attend a series of dedicated workshops;
- Perfect your pitch;
- Get access to an international network of 400+ mentors and 700+ startups.
Last but not least, you will have the opportunity to raise a seed round from MVP Angels, the angel investors network associated with the accelerator, in exchange for a minority stake of the company (just to set expectations straight at this point, the average value of the investment is 50.000 EUR).
We’ve lined up a mix of activities to offer you ongoing support and help you speed up your development. Here’s what awaits you if you’re going to be part of our next batch!
Business and product consultancy
Ongoing support is fundamental to help you build your business & product strategy and make sure you’re on the right track. This is why you’ll receive consultancy and attend weekly 1 on 1 coaching sessions with a hands-on approach. Starting this year, Bogdan Ripa (Director or Product, Vector Watch) and Bogdan Sandulescu (technical expert) will join our coaching team to work with you whenever you need help in their key areas of expertise!
Access to an international network of 400+ mentors & 700 startups
Most often it’s not about what you know, but whom you know! Throughout the program, we’ll help you build strong relationships by connecting you with relevant people in our international network of 400+ mentors and 700 startups.
Active investors, top-notch entrepreneurs and experienced professionals will meet you during the 1 on 1 mentoring sessions, ready to open doors for you and help you build a better product, find new clients, investors, or potential partners. Here are some of the people you’ll get to work with:
- Active investors such as Max Kelly (Managing Director Techstars London), Tristan Watson (Managing Director, Ignite100), Cosmin Ochișor (Business Development Manager, hub:raum) or Dan Lupu (Partner Early Bird Capital);
- Top-notch entrepreneurs that built successful tech products at global scale such as Florin Talpeș (Co-Founder & CEO, Bitdefender), Robert Knapp (Co-Founder & CEO, CyberGhost) or Vladimir Oane (Co-Founder & CPO, UberVu by Hootsuite);
- Experienced professionals and potential distribution partners such as Stejara Pîrcan (Commercial Director, eMag), Adriana Iordan (Sr. Director of Product, Avangate), Alina Cazacu (Senior Manager Non-Core E-Activities, Telekom Romania) or Denis Chiurtu (Startups & Academic Program Manager, Microsoft).
Check out the mentors that confirmed their involvement so far and bear in mind that we’ll be constantly updating this list to bring on board people that have relevant expertise for your specific profile and needs.
Workshops, case studies, Q&A sessions
MVP Academy not only gives you access to the people that can help you, but also to educational resources adapted to fit your development needs. By attending the dedicated workshops we’ve scheduled throughout the accelerator, you’ll acquire key competences in areas such as building a startup, customer development, product development & metrics, talking to the media, sales, digital marketing, legal aspects & intellectual property, or finances & raising money. Besides, you’ll listen to hands-on case studies and get all your questions answered during the “Ask the expert” and Q&A sessions.
Mike Butcher (Senior Editor, TechCrunch), Steffen Ehrhardt (Performance Commercialization & Internationalization Lead EMEA, Google), Alin Vlad (Online Marketing & Sales Director, Heimdal Security), Ana Maria Andronic (angel investor and counsel, DLA Piper), or Bogdan Iordache (Co-Founder How to Web & TechHub Bucharest) are just some of the specialists that will deliver the workshops.
Pitch practice sessions
By attending the individual and group pitch practice sessions we’ll organize on a weekly basis, you’ll perfect your pitch and get constant feedback from experienced professionals in the tech industry. It’s this way that you’ll learn how to present your product to convince investors, clients, or potential partners and reach your objectives.
We’ll wrap everything up at the end of May with Demo Day. It’s then when you’ll take the stage and pitch your product and business model in front of a relevant audience comprising investors, journalists, potential partners, and experienced professionals. Demo Day is an excellent chance for you to identify further development opportunities and start discussions for raising money and / or closing strategic partnerships.
What do alumni say?
If you consider joining the next batch of MVP Academy, you might want to check out the stories of our alumni, as well as what they have to say about the experience they had in the program:
- Adrian Fako, Co-Founder & CEO, Accelerole
- Elena Filip, Co-Founder & CMO, Accelerole
- Andrei Manea, Founder & CEO, CloudHero
- Claudiu Murariu, Co-Founder & CEO, InnerTrends
Apply by March 31st
We’re looking for tech startups that think big, execute and learn fast! If you’re the founder of a tech startup with less than 2 years of activity, you’ve built at least a working prototype for your product, you have not raised more than 50.000 EUR to date and you have no prior acceleration experience with the current product, then we’re a match. Start working on your application NOW and don’t forget to do those final tweaks until Thursday, March 31st, at midnight!
Good luck and see you soon!