Ready, steady, go! Applications now open for How to Web Startup Spotlight

Today we proudly open applications for How to Web Startup Spotlight 2016, deal-making program that helps European tech startups accelerate their businesses. If you’re looking to share the stage with the most promising European tech startups, you’re in the right place! Apply by September 25th and get ready to attend 1 on 1 meetings with potential business partners, gain media exposure, practice your pitch, and receive hands-on advice on raising money! Plus, you’ll get to compete for the cash prizes offered by the main partners of the program.

MVP Academy 2016: 3 months later

MVP Academy 2016, the third edition of our accelerator program, was a blast. It was intense for both the teams that made it into the program, as for ourselves, the team working behind the stage to make things happen. We wrapped everything up on May 30 with Demo Day, when 15 startups took the stage to pitch their products and showcase their progress in front of an audience of 500+ tech professionals. Here we are today, 3 months later, celebrating their successes and presenting you an inside view of what was the best accelerator program we’ve run to date. 

Save the date: let’s celebrate startups together at How to Web Conference 2016

Save the dates & get ready to meet the best European startups, build meaningful connections and feel the vibe of the tech startups’ ecosystem at its best. How to Web Conference 2016 is back with its 7th edition on November 1 & 2 at National Theatre Bucharest. Check out what’s new on http://howtoweb.co and join the community to be the first one to know the latest updates!

This time around, we decided to celebrate tech startups from all over Europe with a special edition of How to Web Conference. More than 50 European tech startups with global potential will join the Startup Spotlight program this year and take the stage at How to Web Conference 2016 to showcase their products and businesses. And we’ve decided to go at length to help them unlock their full potential by connecting them with top-notch industry experts, helping them gain visibility & media exposure, and offering exciting cash prizes with the support of IXIA Romania. All these while you’ll explore the latest industry trends and get connected to relevant people in the ecosystem!

MVP Academy Batch of 2016: Demo Day

We’re close to wrapping up the 3rd edition of MVP Academy accelerator after 2 months of hard work. The 17 startups in our batch of 2016 are now getting ready to take the stage during Demo Day to pitch their products & showcase their progress. Save your front row seat here to help us create a challenging audience for these guys!

MVP Academy Demo Day will take place on Monday, May 30, 17:00 at Cinema Pro (Blvd. I.C. Bratianu, no. 6) and will bring together 500+ key actors in the regional tech ecosystem: investors, successful entrepreneurs, tech professionals, journalists, potential partners and community leaders. The startups in the MVP Academy batch of 2016 will pitch their products & business models on stage and will then have the chance to network with people in the audience and hence to identify further development opportunities, start discussions for new financing rounds and/or potential strategic partnerships.

MVP Academy 2016: Meet the coaches

We’re one month into MVP Academy accelerator now and it’s an intense experience for both ourselves, the team behind the program, and the 17 promising startups that are part of our batch. We’ve been working together over the past weeks and we got loads of learning and work done. The startups have been attending dedicated workshops, “Ask me anything” & mentoring sessions, and, above all these, they received hands-on support from our trusted coaches during the 1-on-1 weekly meetings.

Most of the startups that are part of MVP Academy Batch of 2016 have already launched their products (or preorders will be available soon), they generate revenues and/or have at least one active client or pilot in place. They are committed to build sound businesses at global scale and their hard work translated into significant progresses being made so far. Hence the need to bring onboard more experienced coaches to offer business consultancy and help our startups shape their strategies and launch their products on the global market.

Metrics, Metrics: Measure to optimize

You can only manage what you can measure. You’ve probably heard this old saying before, and it is widely applicable when it comes to product management. You need to choose the right metrics to look at and have a good understanding of them in order to be able to optimize every single stage of your product development process. This is what the MVP Academy Batch of 2016 learnt this week in a workshop delivered by Bogdan Ripa, Director of Product at Vector Watch & MVP Academy Coach.

Entrepreneur at heart, Bogdan has Co-Founded his first startup when he was only 21 years old. He started by doing outsourcing work (consultancy for websites, web apps, ERP systems, analytics tools), but he got bored by doing repetitive things and decided to make a shift and start building his own products. 6 years later, the company he Co-Founded was bought by Adobe Romania, where he worked in engineering and product management until last year. Bogdan is an experienced product manager that enjoys creating products to help people deliver excellent online experiences for their customers. He is now Director of Product for Vector Watch, while offering hands-on product support to the startups that are currently accelerated in MVP Academy Batch of 2016.

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