One of the most popular sayings about early-stage entrepreneurship is that it is similar to a walk through a jungle. Early-stage entrepreneurs try to make their way through the jungle that is the startup development process. They are navigating without a map while forcing the way through various bushes, branches and plants. These hinderances represent all the hurdles and blocks that entrepreneurs face.
Most people may find this quite intimidating. Despite my tendency for over dramaticism, this image represents the story of most entrepreneurs: as discussed on our last blog post, the challenges faced by early-stage entrepreneurs are ones of inexperience, limited knowledge, limited access to the right resources & network and, very often, of complete bafflement. Where should you start? What should you do first? What are the right steps to take to build your idea into a working startup or, at least, make it investment ready or ready to join an accelerator program?
All in all, building an early stage startup could be overwhelming. But what if you had another way? What if there was a way to make early-stage entrepreneurship less confusing, more straightforward, and more structured?
Putting Some Order in Early-Stage Startup Development
While it is true that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, there are common methodologies that help entrepreneurs ease their way and guide them on this jungle called entrepreneurship.
Methodologies like the “Lean Startup” by Eric Reis, or the “Customer Development” model by Steve Blank (both are recommended readings for sure), provide simple approaches that help founders develop their ideas and increase their chances of success.
Xelera’s Startup Development Platform
At Xelera, our goal from day one was to make early-stage entrepreneurship more accessible to all, helping as many founders as possible to navigate these first challenges and giving access to knowledge, skills and resources required for the same.
Aiming to promote a more inclusive entrepreneurial experience, we started building the Entrepreneurship Platform for early-stage startup founders.
The Platform offers founders all the resources they need through 3 easy-to-use features:
- An interactive and structured startup development journey guiding founders from idea stage to investment readiness. The journey includes various frameworks and models commonly used by entrepreneurs worldwide. These help put order into the startup development process.
- Continuous feedback throughout the journey. The abovementioned frameworks and models are interactive and could be submitted for our review at any given time. We will analyze your submitted work and send back our professional and actionable feedback.
- Access to an international network of experts providing one-on-one guidance sessions, market insights, and networking opportunities.
Keeping to our earlier “walk through the jungle” euphemism, the features could be resembled to:
- A GPS – structured journey.
- A backpack with all the tools you need – relevant frameworks, formats and tools; and
- A helpline to call in case you get lost – continuous feedbacks and expert sessions.
Using Xelera, early-stage founders can make their entire startup development process easier and more straightforward, while getting all the resources they need with a click of a button.
Promoting an Accessible, Affordable, & Flexible Experience
Our lean business model enables us to offer an experience tailored to the needs of early-stage founders. Register to one of our affordable subscription plans and get access to the structured journey, formats and models. Need more help? Use our in-app services to dive deeper into specific topics and improve the quality of your work.
In addition, unlike other entrepreneurship programs, we don’t hold any application procedures, don’t take any equity, don’t require physical presence, and are super easy to use – just sign up and start a free 14-day trial.
Xelera offers a way to work on your startup from wherever you are and at your own pace, whether full-time or part-time). Thus, making your entrepreneurial experience as accessible, affordable and flexible as possible.
Use our platform as an incubator/accelerator substitute, or as a pre-accelerator aid that will increase your chances of admittance to the most prestigious programs such as Techstars, 500 Startups, MassChallenge and even YCombinator.
In the next couple of posts, we will walk you through our various features. Watch this space for further links.