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Latest 2022 Cohort
What is Dare to Scale
Dare to Scale is a 4-month accelerator for entrepreneurs across various industries who are eager to scale their already profitable businesses with the help of group workshops and 1:1 mentoring from Endeavor’s network members and PwC’s top consultants. The highly-customized program is aimed at nurturing Bulgarian late-stage startups in their quest to become globally competitive, growth-oriented, and resilient businesses.
Every year, the program partners, together with the Endeavor network, interview the shortlisted candidates and select a cohort of 6-12 aspiring companies to join Dare to Scale. Since launching in 2019, the program has nurtured 43 late-stage startups that have received over 400 hours in mentorship, 150+ introductions to partners and investors and have attended multiple networking events.
Dare to Scale is run by Endeavor Bulgaria – an affiliate of Endeavor, a global non-profit organization that supports high-impact entrepreneurs in over 40 markets. In its latest edition in 2022, the program was proudly financed by Postbank, Software Group, EBRD and BSMEPA.
Eligibility criteria for candidate companies
HEADQUARTERS IS LOCATED IN BULGARIA
MAX 150 FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES
2022 ANNUAL SALES OF MIN €100 K
The program features group workshops dedicated on key business topics. The meetings are led by high-profile executives from various fields and industries – IT, VCs, financial institutions, retailers. The sessions provide the founders with useful resources and takeaways to help them further grow their ventures.
Intro’s & Mentorships
Dare to Scale provides the participants with introductions to top level executives, successful founders, and local VCs. Each company is assigned an individual mentor – a senior PwC Bulgaria consultant. On top of that, the founders meet regularly with Endeavor Bulgaria’s mentors. The consultants and mentors work with the entrepreneurs throughout the program and advise them on topics related to their specific business challenges.
The entrepreneurs are invited to attend all networking events as part of Dare to Scale. During the final Demo Day event, they are given the opportunity to pitch their businesses in front of a significant audience of prominent jury members, VCs, Endeavor mentors and some of the most successful Bulgarian entrepreneurs.