For me personally, it’s hard to find words for describing time in Kiuas Accelerator. It has just been amazing! Continue reading to know why.
Our company got accepted among 17 other new ventures into the best Finnish startup accelerator called Kiuas Accelerator in this June 2019 (former Summer of Startups). The program would last for two months during the hottest part of Finnish summer.
We knew the program will be divided under different topics, like Product-Market fit, Growth, International scaling and Funding, relevant to new businesses . We also knew the other companies participating were around the same stage we were. This gave us a wish to expect lots of good conversations with other founders who are probably facing the same kind of possibilities and threats we did.
Week #1 - Kiuas Accelerator 2019 Opening
Week #2 - Dream big. Work hard. Make it happen.
Week #3 - Do it right. Financially and legally.
Week #4 - Development: Pedal to the metal.
Week #5 - Can we scale?
In the beginning of this journey were asked to set goals of the program.
We wanted to:
Our progress within these goals are the reason for my excitement. Unfortunately can’t tell much more yet but hmmm.. looking good!
This journey has really been worth of a visit. Our expectations towards the program were pretty much including only a mental help from other participating teams and mentors. Nothing fancier than that. What we have gained already?
We are at least a light year away from the starting point when we speak out loud what our solution does and how our customers will benefit out of it. This is because we have needed to repeat our pitch so many times to different people with different point of views. By using the feedback given, we have been able to understand better how we can really help our customers.
Of course, knowing that makes it much, much more easier to speak out your vision to other important stakeholders like recruitment candidates, investors and at last but not least, to describe your spouse why is it so important to spend long hours with helping the world be a better place.
So if a company like us which working to push the fitness industry a bit further by helping in floor space utilization and management, can fit in the kind of startup accelerator. Your company can probably do the same. Honest recommendation of ours is that if your company ever has a chance to apply a program like Kiuas Accelerator, YOU SHOULD DO IT. It can take your business so much forward that it’s very hard to even imagine. As you can read and feel, we are still so thrilled of this program.
I look forward to get to the point where I can tell you how we did with the goals of the program.
Written by Aki Illikainen, CEO & Co-Founder of Indoor Informatics.