Frequently Asked Questions
What is a startup?
Perhaps the most popular definition of a startup is from Eric Ries, the creator of the Lean Startup methodology: “A startup is a human institution designed to create a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty.”
We can also add: “A startup company, or simply a startup, is an entrepreneurial venture in its early stages of operations often initially bankrolled by their entrepreneurial founders typically aimed at resolving a real life issue with an innovative product or service for which they believe there is a demand.”
Is there a cost to the program?
Startup Stage is split into two stages - Stage 1 and Stage 2.
Stage 1 includes free participation of founders in startup pitching sessions and detailed reports of the feedback given to them by attendees.
Stage 2 includes mentoring and deals (discounted or free services and products) provided by third-party companies. Stage 2 is accessible to startups after paying an annual membership fee.
Who is eligible for the program?
Startup Stage is open to all founders currently working on a startup, or founders about to start one.
If I’m doing a startup, why should I bother with this? What do I get out of it?
If you’re doing a startup, this program will help provide a pitching stage to present your startup and get valuable feedback, and also provide helpful resources, and actionable advice.
If I’m working with other people, who should participate?
We recommend inviting your co-founders to participate with you. To invite them, log in to your account and go to page "Co-founders".
What is the time commitment?
It's up to you. The level of your dedication will bring the corresponding results.
Is there any other commitment from my side?
Yes. Startups and visitors of the pitching sessions will give you feedback after your pitching but it is also important you to do the same for the rest who come on the stage.
What do I get if I join as a mentor?
Access to a network of founders seeking mentoring services.
I want to join Startup Stage as a mentor. How can I do that?
Email us at [email protected] and tell us more about you, your expertise and how you can contribute to startups.
I am interested in joining a startup as a co-founder. Can I do that through Startup Stage?
Sure. Email us at [email protected] and tell us more about you, your expertise and how you can contribute to a startup.
What’s the goal of Startup Stage?
StartUpStage is dedicated to bring ideas to life. Our goal is great startups to share their ideas, receive valuable feedback and spark conversation. Also to provide resources and mentoring shortening the time required to validate ideas and develop working business models.
How does Startup Stage generate revenue and how it’s used?
The revenue of Startup Stage is generated by the annual membership fee and it’s used for running costs of the company, organizing startup pitching sessions and improvement of the provided services.