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CEE startups have three days left to apply to How to Web

CEE Startups building tech products with disruptive potential are invited to apply until Saturday, May 17, for How to Web MVP Academy, pre-acceleration program that will bring together the best 14 teams in the region. No equity is taken from the participating teams, and applications are done by completing the online form available at http://mvpacademy.co

In between June 2nd essential business knowledge and will learn how to build successful products at global scale and how to take advantage of the opportunities in the market. During the 7 weeks of the program, they will engage in a complex process comprising access to top-notch educational resources and mentors, dedicated workshops, as well as support from the

MVP Academy team that will help them find solutions to their specific problems as well as the resources required to grow faster. The 14 startups will work together with more than 40 mentors and renowned professionals that will guide their steps and support them in their efforts of building their products and validating them with the market. Among these mentors there are Michael Levit (Founder Spigot and Managing Partner Founders Den), Alex Barrera (Founder and Editor Tech.eu Chief WOWness Officer Press 42), Drago Ilinca and Vladimir Oane (Co-Fondatori UberVu), Maxim Gurvits (Partner Teres Capital) or Vesselina Tasheva (EMEA Community Manager Telerik). The full list of How to Web MVP Academy mentors is available online at http://mvpacademy.co/mentors

By attending How to Web MVP Academy, the startups will learn how to build viable tech products, how to validate them with the market and create traction, how to tell their story, to network, to pitch in front of investors, or to build strong communities around their products. Among the remarkable activities in the program there are a private pitching session with Jon Bradford (Managing Director TextStars), a storytelling and pitching workshop with Alex Barrera (Founder and Editor Tech.eu and Chief WOWness Officer Press 42), juridical counseling with Ana Maria Andronic (Partner Ana Maria Andronica Law Office), or a product management workshop with Daniela Neumann (Scrum Master/Change Management idealo internet GmbH).

Besides the opportunity to work closely with some of the most appreciated professionals in the industry, the How to Web MVP Academy finalists will have access to the TechHub Bucharest co-working space and the events organized there, thus being permanently connected to a vibrant community. Moreover, the teams will also benefit from the supportof specialists in accordance with their specific needs and they will have access to tech infrastructure offered by international companies (cloud hosting, access to different platforms).

The program will end with a Demo Day, event where the How to Web MVP Academy teams will get the chance to pitch their products and showcase their progress in front of the audience. They will thus have the opportunity to develop valuable connections with angel investors, early stage VC funds, as well as acceleration programs in Europe, and to start July 22nd, the 14 finalists of How to Web MVP Academy will acquire the discussions for securing follow-up funding that will support their further development and scaling efforts.

Among the supporters of How to Web MVP Academy there are some of the most important acceleration programs in Europe: Seedcamp, Startup Bootcamp, Hub:raum, Oxygen Accelerator, Startup Highway, Eleven Accelerator, ProSiebenSat1. Accelerator or Axel Springer Plug&Play. The list is completed by Teres Capital and 3TS Capital Partners, early stage VC funds. Moreover, the MVP Academy team will continue to bring into the program mentors, acceleration programs and investors that are relevant for the participating teams and suit their specific needs.

“We believe that the key indicator for success in an early stage startup is the teamâ€s ability to learn and iterate quickly, translating the knowledge acquired in building a better product. We have prepared a program that fits the anticipated needs of the teams, but we will work closely with our participants, thus being able to help and constantly improve the startup experience throughout the program, as well as evaluate and give constant feedback, declared Monica Obogeanu (Program Manager How to Web MVP Academy).

How to Web MVP Academy is a program developed in partnership with Microsoft, Romtelecom and Cosmote, and supported by Bitdefender, Raiffeisen Bank, Hub:raum and TechHub Bucharest. It targets Central and Eastern European Startups that build tech products in fields such as software, hardware, internet of things, mobile, robotics, biotech, medtech or ecommerce. The applicants are required to have at least a functional prototype for the product and maximum two years of activity, they shouldn’t have raised more than 50.000 EUR or attended other acceleration program before.

The applications will be evaluated by a professional jury by taking into account the team fit & experience, market size and trends in the industry, initial market validation & traction, international potential, impact and overall feasibility. Applications to How to Web MVP

Academy are made online at http://mvpacademy.co until Saturday, May 17, and the finalists of the program will be officially announced on Friday, May 23.

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