The Launchpad program
Our program is for early-stage startups. Some of you may be in the idea phase, some others might already have an early version of the product. In either case, we want you to focus on your individual achievable goal during the program aiming to either develop a better version of your product or secure your first customer or become investment ready. The intense 3 months are designed to bring decades of founder experience from people who have been there and have done it. We want to single out the projects with the highest potential and we want to invest in them.
We invite those founders to our program who have big ambitions and are committed to working on their project full-time during the program.
The program starts with a 3 days onboarding session. This will allow you to get to know your cohort members, the projects in the cohort, your mentors, the tools we use, and the office area where we will work. The cohort will be split into smaller groups of teams, which will provide a platform for you to share your experience. Our weekly stand-up sessions will be used to discuss project progress and to set the stage for the following week’s sprint guided by an experienced entrepreneur or investor. During the program, the program director, the mentors, and experts will have regular office hours, which you can use to discuss individual or team roadblocks. The last week of the program will be used to prepare you for the DemoDay and we will organize practice pitch sessions throughout the week.
Industries in focus
We welcome projects from any industry in our program, but we are particularly intrigued by the opportunities triggered by the latest developments in Artificial Intelligence and the Chat GPT, as well as solutions that address the challenges of environmental sustainability. Our expert Entrepreneurs in Residence will guide projects in these areas. Meet Marton Bati (Sustanability) and Akos Deliaga (AI) resident entrepreneurs.
Your networking opportunity
Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to participate in networking events organized by our partners.
Meet your customers
We help founders to test their first customers on platforms such as Brancs.
Mentors and Group leads - office hours
Your Group Lead mentors will facilitate the weekly stand-up sessions within your smaller group. Each team will have a dedicated mentor who will work with them throughout the program. In addition, a pool of experts will be available throughout the program with whom you can schedule individual weekly mentoring sessions.
During the last week of the program, we will be practicing pitches with the help of presentation and speech coaches in preparation for our final event, the DemoDay. During DemoDay you will present your startup in front of a group of selected investors, mentors, and experts.
Program Director and program management team
Building a successful startup is about identifying opportunities and acting on them. Keep being in conversation with your customers and build what they want to buy.
Radical honesty and transparency.
As a practicing CEO and a father of 3 small kids, my time is extremely scarce and valuable. I still chose to become a resident entrepreneur and group leader in this great program as I live by the #givefirst attitude. You can expect me to be committed, attentive, direct with my feedback, authentic and demanding. I’d like to work with entrepreneurs who are self-driven, who want to achieve tangible impact and who have high ambitions. Let’s enjoy the ride as well.
A successful startupper’s motivation is not the cool office or the flexible hours, but the challenge to solve unknown and unexpected issues.
Every idea is worth as much as we can leverage out of it. I love challenging the ideas and the way how the teams would like to generate value for their clients through services or products specifically when they use or support the usage of AI in new fields.
A new product or svc must solve somebody’s problem.
Let’s explore together Your one is really up to that so with adding all necessary ops ingredients You will thrive!
I am passionate to work with deeptech start-ups and help them nurture strong business fundamentals, forge an exceptional team, and embrace the power of collaborations to fuel their innovation journey.
You should ask your target group for feedback on your ideas as soon as possible. For this, you need to build a rapid prototype, which makes your concept testable. Each prototype test will bring new questions and new perspectives to your team’s work. In this way, you can deepen the concept, or you can iterate in a more marketable direction.
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Looking forward to being your sparring partner in making your ideas come true by building a business around it. Living in Frankfurt — the capital of the European financial industry — I can help you connect the dots to a wider market early on and thereby thinking globally from the beginning. An engineer myself I’m passionate about the forefront of tech. Let’s embark on this journey together.
I have been advising major financial institutions’ executives about technology and organizational transformation for 25 years across 25 countries. I am trained on dozens of post-merger integration projects, hundreds of presentations, thousands of slides, and countless hours of expert discussions. Build your prompt to start downloading…
Walid is an expert in pitching and early-stage traction development for startups. He coached over 100k people in 34 countries & 63 cities.
This program is for teams who can dedicate their time fully to their project. Many projects start as an “after office hours project” until the founders feel ready to take the leap to fully dedicate themselves to the project. If you are not at that point yet, keep working on your project and apply when you are ready. In the meantime please feel free to register at the @STRT Academy, which provides lots of startup development related educational material.