How to Web launched MVP Academy, a pre-acceleration program dedicated to Central and Eastern European startups, for the first time in 2014 and a some months later they presented the results of the MVP Academy. Today How to Web announced theÂ MVP Academy Class of 2015, with 12 lucky startups to join the program.
MVP Academy is a top-notch pre-acceleration program that will help you take your product to the next level and build valuable connections with professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, and representatives of accelerators & early stage investment funds from Europe & beyond. All these in a free, non-equity setting where you only need to show talent & commitment.
The second edition of MVP Academy will take place in between March 23rd – May 14th and will take the participants to the startup world at TechHub Bucharest, where they will get loads of learning and work done. Throughout the program, participants will attend practical workshops with key industry professionals, as well as mentoring and 1 on 1 coaching sessions that will help reach product market fit, get your questions answered and receive valuable feedback & strategic advice.
Besides, participants will get lots of pitching practice to help identify the weaker points of their business concept and perfect the pitch to the finest detail to be able to convince potential investors and strategic partners.
Being a community driven program, MVP Academy takes its value from the involvement of its mentors & partners that generously donate their time & effort and share their expertise to help you improve your product and business! MVP Academy 2015 is organized in partnership with Telekom & Bitdefender, with the support of CyberGhost, Raiffeisen Bank, hub:raum & Microsoft.
Mike Butcher (TechCrunch Editor), Paul Smith (Co-Founder & Director Ignite100, UK), Olaf Lausen (Chief of CEO Staff & Business Development Director Telekom Romania), Marc Wesselink (Selection & Alumni Manager Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living, The Netherlands) or Calum Cameron (Managing Director Startup Wise Guys, Estonia) are just a couple of the mentors you are going to meet throughout the program. Check out the mentors here and bear in mind that new ones will be constantly added to meet your specific profiles and needs.
Ready to apply?
If you want to be part of MVP Academy Class of 2015 there are a couple of criteria you should comply with in order to make the most out of the program. First and foremost, you have to be a promising early stage tech startup in its first 2 years of activity, fully committed to building your product & full time available during the 7 weeks of the program (don’t worry, there’s enough time for you to be working on your startup). Moreover, you should have developed at least a working prototype for your product and you should have not raised more than 50.000 EUR in external funding, nor have attended an accelerator with the current project.
Checked? Then go further and submit your application via F6S until Monday, March 9th! The shortlisted candidates will be contacted for scheduling an interview. Bear in mind the evaluation criteria when you do those final tweaks on your application form to increase your chances of being accepted!
Bogdan Iordache (Investment Manager 3TS Capital Partners & Board Member How to Web), Cosmin Ochior (Business Development Manager hub:raum, which will evaluate the applicants on behalf of hub:raum & Telekom Romania) and Alex Negrea (Co-Founder & CTO docTrackr) are the expert judges that will choose THE most promising teams to join the program, so make sure to impress them.
Still not convinced? Meet the alumni!
If you’re still not sure whether to apply, take a look at the evolution of MVP Academy Class of 2014! In a nutshell, 4 out of the 14 pre-accelerated startups that were part of the first batch are now being accelerated or have been accepted to well-known accelerators in the UK & US, 5 have raised total funding of 207.000 EUR, and most of them continue their activity and have made some significant progress. Check out the 6-months follow-up report to see their progress after graduating the program.
MVP Academy is a program organized in partnership with Telekom & Bitdefender, with the support of CyberGhost, Raiffeisen Bank, hub:raum and Microsoft. The visibility of the event is ensured by F6S, Netocratic, Inventures.eu, Entrepreneur Global, Digjitale, Entrepreneur.bg, Newtrend.bg, Startup Date, Traction Tribe, Times New Roman, Hotnews, Capital, Evenimentul Zilei, Romonia Liber, Academia CaÈ›avencu, Yoda.ro, Incont.ro, Wall-Street.ro, Forbes RomÃ¢nia, Business24, Ziare.com, Business Review, Computer Games, Comunica Mobile, Computer World, PC World, Agora, Business Cover, Business Woman, Zelist.ro, Comunicatedepresa.ro, Trade Ads Interactive, Gadget Trends, Games Arena, Gadget Talk, Softlead, Today Software Magazine, startups.ro, etc.
MVP Academy has the support of its community partners Romanian Startups, Romanian Game Developers Association (RGDA), Softbinator, ANIS, Cluj Hub, Cluj Co-Work, Professional Gamers League, Tabra de testare, comunitatea frontend din RomÃ¢nia, Akcees, Startup Weekend Romania, Startup Weekend Cluj, Girls in Tech Romania, Girls Who Code.