“I Thought I Knew a Lot. Then I Went to StartupYard”
One founder’s story of building a global tech brand, failing, and then founding Chatler.ai with StartupYard.
We were very early stage with our project. I was surprised that StartupYard accepted us with only a PowerPoint idea, really. But it turned out that it’s never too early, and the StartupYard team and investors knew what they were doing when they took us.
I see now that it’s better to get the foundations of a project right at the very beginning. StartupYard has helped us to define our target market better, to shape and perfect our positioning statement, and collect tremendous amounts of feedback from really relevant people. With all this knowledge and insight we could start building our product with greater confidence and a clear vision.
I don’t think we would have gotten it right so quickly without StartupYard. We might have started building something sooner, but not something we could really sell. As it is, we have a product we will be able to sell from Day 1.
StartupYard is also a unique opportunity to build your contact list with top people not only in the tech ( and investment) industry, but also within enterprises. Since most of the new startups in the region are focusing on B2B it’s also essential to have these connections already Day 1. Honestly, we would probably never have gotten the meetings we got (and that put us over the top in a few cases), without the accelerator. There would have just been no other practical way to get so many meetings with C-level executives.
Finally, It’s a great community. We’re still in touch with other founders, learning from each other, looking for ways our projects can benefit from each other. I feel in a way much less alone than I used to as a founder. We are a team, but we are also part of a bigger team that cares for each other.
-Janos Szabo, Founder and CEO at Chatler.ai