Future Founders Summer School

"Learn from the best, get inspired!"

 

For the very first time, Europe’s most experienced B2B startup accelerator Startup Wise Guys together with Estonian Business School have designed and developed an intensive 7-day summer programme Future Founders for students who want to take a closer look into the fast-growing startup world with industry experts by their side.

 

This programme is tailored to share real business world experience with aspiring future founders by introducing them with a mindset of creative innovators who can recognise the needs of modern customers.

 

The teaching methods and covered course content have been developed from already existing acceleration programmes organised by Startup Wise Guys helping promising startup founders to scale their products globally.

The goal

The main goal of this programme is to equip students with an understanding of business problems, strategies and leadership decisions.

 

By using different teaching methods, practical tasks and personal experience, our experts will help students to critically assess problems and introduce them with useful toolboxes to tackle these problems with the appropriate and creative solutions.

Who is welcome to participate?

Everyone who is:

  • fluent in English
  • with an international and open mindset
  • have a passion for learning and self-development

Yes, this is me! I want to participate

Programme highlights

  • Workshops and lectures by international industry experts
  • Practice related projects
  • Startup/company visits
  • Mentor feedback and guidance
  • Networking events

Programme outcomes

  • Learn and understand with the help of experienced founders and experts what it takes to build a successful start-up;
  • Acquire the necessary collaboration and networking skills by working with like-minded ambitious students;
  • Develop leadership and decision making skills, that will help you thrive as a founder;
  • Understand how to communicate effectively and build strong teams;
  • Discover and map your strengths and talents, and learn how to utilize them to best grow your company;
  • Acquire a real and honest insight into the exciting world of start-ups.

 

30.

Registration deadline

2.

First day of the programme (TLN)

8.

Final day of the programme:

Demo day (TLN)

9.

First day of the programme (HLS)

15.

Final day of the programme:

Demo day (HLS)

Programme overview

The course is split into two modules:

  • During the first 5 days, students will be mentored and trained through seminars and workshops to see value in a broad spectrum of topics such as teamwork, creativity, productivity, finance and sales.
     
  • The additional 2 days are dedicated to hackaton to solve real life challenges and execute the solution in 48H!

 

 

day 1-5

 
Day 1 GET INSPIRED: Culture, Values, Purpose
 
  • Introduction & Course overview
  • Workshop: Participant pitches and expectations
  • Personal Story
  • Team building activities
  • Workshop: Culture and Values / Vision and Purpose
  • Lecture: Startup Scene in Baltics and NewEurope
  • Startup Office visit
Day 2 ALL YOURS: Energy, Focus, Executon
 
  • Lecture: Importance of Legals
  • Workshop: Optimal Energy
  • Workshop: Focus and execution
  • Founder story and/or startup visit
  • Lecture: Startup Finance
  • How to finance your startup?
  • MOVIE NIGHT
Day 3 WHO ARE YOU? Founder vs Freelancer
 
  • Lecture: Coming up with opportunities
  • Lecture: Validating opportunities
  • Workshop: Experimenting
  • Story: Digital Influencer/Freelancer vs Founder
  • Startup Office visit
Day 4 DIGITAL CONTENT: Sales, Analytics
  •  
  • Lecture: Introduction to Growth Hacking
  • Lecture: Growth marketing fundamentals for startups
  • Founder story
  • Lecture: Becoming an influencer/freelancer
  • Workshop: Content Development & SoMe channels analytics
  • Lecture: Product & Service development
Day 5 PITCHING MASTERY & Hackathon
 
  • Lecture: Fundamentals of Sales
  • Workshop: Pitching / Public speaking
  • Feedback

Hackathon starts! 

day 6-7

 
  HACKATHON!
 

 

 

 

Participation fee

Regular: 300 €

Guest lecturers
*Due to current situation and travelling restrictions, mentor list might change
Cristobal Alonso

Cristobal Alonso

Cristobal Alonso is an experienced serial Entrepreneur, serial early-stage investor, and Global Executive (with focus on telco, media & software development) and INSEAD MBA. As a serial entrepreneur and investor, Cristobal leads as “el Patron” Startup Wise Guys, the most experienced B2B accelerator in Europe, with more than 185 investments in early-stage SaaS, Cyber and Fintech B2B companies. He focused on coaching startups on Purpose & Culture, Funding and Pitch training. Cristobal has extensive experience as “the public face” of media outreach campaigns and as a frequent speaker at Webinars, Startup and Telco conferences and panels. Now he is in the process to finalize his 1st book #Perform, the Unsexy Truth about (Startup) Success, together with his co/author Stoyan Yankov.
Stoyan Yankov

Stoyan Yankov

Productivity & performance coach, professional speaker and a long-term SWG coach. He is a former movie & video producer with multiple awards for his work. Driven by his passion for personal growth, he switched careers and became an advocate for productive and fulfilling work environments. Today Stoyan is recognised as a leading expert in productivity, having coached hundreds of startups teams in over 20 countries. Stoyan is also finishing his book “PERFORM - the Unsexy Truth of (Startup) Success” with co-author Cristobal Alonso.
Specialist in converting ideas and research to the product; Experienced in Lean product development, Blue Ocean Strategy, design thinking, market development. Digital Transformation product manager with more than 10 years of experience building solutions, centered around UX, technology, research and data insights.
Dan le Man

Dan le Man

Live performance professional with 15+ years experience in theatre, circus, music and comedy. He'll make you more comfortable, confident and help you keep your cool when presenting in front of a live audience. You'll be ready to tackle large public presentations, high stakes one-on-ones and pitching on the fly without stress, awkwardness or hesitation.
International public speaking coach and communication lecturer specialising in persuasion, intercultural communication, and speech writing. She has 7+ years of experience training working professionals, government officials, entrepreneurs, and students, including competitive collegiate speakers. Her goal is to help others develop authentic, intentional, and effective messages using scientifically proven strategies and engaging activities.