How to Web MVP Academy: Meet the finalists! Best CEE startups

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In between June 2nd  July 22nd the 15 finalists of How to Web MVP Academy will acquire 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.

The finalists had until Mya 17 to apply. After a week of judging, meet the startups that made the cut, 15 teams from Romania, Bulgaria and Slovenia:

Axo Suits

High-Powered Exoskeletons.

Bravatar

Bravatar helps you express yourself through the brands you love, not just like, while providing you a beautiful and simple way to build a personal experience with said brands.

Complement

Management tool for school administrators and online grade book for teachers, parents and students, developing into an on-line game for students to develop skills, hobbies and interests.

Doctrina

Educating employees in pharmacies about products via webinars.

Drimm.in

drimm.in is a social platform that allows users to team up to fulfill dreams for friends.

Fitter

The white labeled solution that offers mobile personal trainer experience and connects each fitness studio with his customers in a personal, intuitive and efficient way.

GloriaFood

For the first time and for free, restaurants can maintain an online relation with most valuable clients – the frequent ordering ones.

Hickery

The music player for extremely social people.

Inovolt

Visualize, measure, record and analyze energy generation and consumption over multiple circuits in real-time.

Lifebox

Lifebox is a mobile application that finds the photos you and each of your friends took when you were together and creates common memories, so each one of you quickly receives the photos and nobody nags for them anymore.

PillBuzz

A bracelet which helps people manage their medical treatments. The bracelet vibrates and/or emits sounds when you need to take your pills.

Pocketo

Faster prototyping for Arduino and RaspberryPi with the help of your smartphone.

Qalendra

In search of meaningful travel experiences? Add them to your travel wish list on Qalendra and you’ll never again miss out on your travel plans.

StudyMentors

StudyMentors is an online platform which connects international prospective students with current students/alumni from European universities.

Wallet Buzz

Connecting retailers and smartphone users while delivering exclusive offers directly on their mobile phones.

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 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 şi Chief WOWness Officer Press 42), Dragoş 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 support of 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 the discussions for securing follow-up funding that will support their further development and scaling efforts.

“We believe that the key indicator for success in an early stage startup is the team’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 startups’ experience throughout the program, as well as evaluate and give constant feedback”, declared Monica Obogeanu (Program Manager How to Web MVP Academy).

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