Hi guys. This time you get to read the next story in our journey from me, Sorin. A few weeks ago we joined Innovation Labs, a preacceleration program for startups.
I have to be honest with you, I didn’t have any hopes entering this program. But, as you’re about to find out, my perspective changed once everything started.
It all started with a hackathon. One weekend, together with 24 other teams we entered this hackathon with nothing more than an idea — and a prototype ;) — not really knowing what to expect. Well, 24 hours later we were pitching our idea in front of all the participants and a jury who decided who goes on to enter the 10 weeks mentorship program. As you probably already guessed, we made the cut.
We won 10 weeks of hard work, but more importantly 10 weeks of guidance and mentorship on every subject about how to approach starting a company from the best mentors in town, and last but not least, the chance to pitch our idea in front of a nationwide audience and a jury formed by experts in entrepreneurship.
We set up some ambitious objectives. Hopefully we can achieve them with help from our mentors and potential partners.
We’re half way through the program, and it’s been a hell of a ride. It’s a lot of work, but it offered us new perspectives and given us some insights into how to approach all this startup stuff, which is not easy and a bit scary. But the mentors and even our fellow trainees help us all the way through, and this alone is worth the work.
To be honest, though, with the job during the day, the startup during the evening it’s been very difficult and at times it feels overwhelming, but at least until now, every time I start feeling it’s not worth it, the next day somebody else offers his or her help and changes my mind.
We learned a lot about growth possibilities, business models, talking to your customers, and more will follow. Not to mention that we got some interesting collaboration proposals from at least two other startups that might just help us turn this hobby of ours into a real working business.
We will keep you up to date on how all this turns out.
Until then, show some love to the guys at Innovation Labs.
P.S. Thanks to this opportunity we also made it on TV :)
To our international audience: sorry, but the video is in Romanian