"The Czech Accelerator in NYC changed our business at AIKIT Digital. With the support of VentureOut, we now have a US office, our first US employee, we closed our first US client and we are now growing a true US operation in only 3 months! I never could have imagined we would have had this much success in such a short time and I strongly recommend this program to Czech entrepreneurs that are considering the US market!"
"As a marketing technology company, it was great to connect with people in the consumer insights industry, which really are the backbone of where the marketing industry is going today."
"The VentureOut program really connected us to people who could tell us a lot more and show us the pitfalls and where we should be going in the industry."
"The people we met with blew us away in terms of their entrepreneurial character, willingness, and desire to help connect us to the local eco-system."
"You are going to get a lot more out of it than just venture capital funding and how you go about doing that."
"The best thing from this program was all the networking with the other startups, but also with the NY eco-system."
"For us, this has been a high-energy week, getting a close encounter with the NY business life and people, in the company of nine other great companies from Sweden."
"It was the first time I got the chance to experience the US market, and this program helped bridge the gap from Sweden to the US."
"This program helped us better understand the US venture capital market and prepare our company for future expansion to the US market."
"I recommend this to everybody who wants to be successful in the US market."
"The two great takeaways we've had from this experience are the caliber of people we've met here ... and when they took us through the sales process."
"It has been fantastic to be able to get under the covers, to understand what makes it tick, to find out what sort of opportunities are here, and generate a sense of how to approach the challenge."
"I have been blown away, we really have met with some great people and had some awesome workshops that brought our pitch deck to a new level. It really met my expectations, if not exceeded them."
"We met with experts in every field and this helped us a lot understand how we need to prepare our company before we expand here to New York."
"There are two main benefits to joining this program: being in a group of startups in a similar position and meeting everyone who helped run the program–they've been there and done that."
"We were here to meet with investors, mix with the community here, and the program has provided us with that."
"An intense and deep immersion in an amazing environment. Everything in the program was made for convincing us to move - and they reached their goal."
"It is the easiest way to prepare your coming to NYC or to the US. After this week, everything will be more clear about what you need to do. It is also a great human experience with talented entrepreneurs, and an opportunity to upgrade your VC presentations."
"It is a well-balanced mixture of the educational seminars and meetings with US start-ups and senior VCs. These meetings and events will charge you with energy to re-discover the U.S. and New York for your business as a market and source of capital."
Philipp von Trotha
"STEP NYC is a great opportunity for German Tech-Start-ups to get first practical business experiences on the U.S. market. It's an initial step to establish useful and tangible business contacts as well as a personal life experience."
"During the 5-day program in Manhattan, we were able to establish a network of interesting VC-investors, successfully established startups and legal and marketing experts in New York that will help us take our first step into the American market in the near future."
"Gained a lot of great information about setting up shop in the US in general that any Canadian entrepreneur needs to know before moving."
"Because it's an intense program, it goes straight to the point, it's great for networking and very useful to have a glance on how things work in NYC."
"I would recommend international entrepreneurs to get in touch with VentureOut as they know where to go, which doors to knock on."
"In 3 days I was able to meet big players of my sector and understand the dynamics of the business environment in NYC."
"You have entrepreneurs here; you have venture capitalists here; and you have an international community. New York is going to be the place in the world for innovation and venture funding."
"Thank you very much for these days with a lot of good friends, good investors, a lot of meeting and feedback! The Brazilian accelerator was amazing!"
"One thing I like about VentureOut, that is very similar to Blumberg Capital, is that they too are working with a lot of international entrepreneurs coming across Europe and the Middle East and are bringing them over to the US market for opportunities."
"We are eager to find out what is going on in the rest of the world. VentureOut is a huge help because they do a lot of this work for us, finding us the best startups country to country."
"VentureOut and their team are critical to the success of the STEP NYC program and the success our companies have experienced. I believe they are the best partner in NYC to support European startups looking to launch, raise capital and succeed in the US market."
"I could have spent a month meeting the best people in Knoxville and it wouldn't have compared to 3 days with VentureOut in New York City. The most valuable part of the program was the feedback I received at pitch night, I think that experience will help immensely as we approach other VCs in the future."
"VentureOut helped me understand how to transition from a product-focused startup to a customer-focused business. My eyes were opened so that I could see problems from the customer's perspective. Although I had heard this before, I truly lived it during the program."
"I come from a tech background and needed to develop a firmer understanding of sales procedures, for me, this has been the most important takeaway from VentureOut. Additionally, the caliber of contacts in this program is one of the highest of any program I've participated in."
"VentureOut completely changed how I communicate with my customers so that I can be more effective through my interactions with them. I also learned which unit economics to focus on and that significantly improved my company's pitch."
"This program was very useful to me, the most valuable thing was learning how to craft my message and really define it. What I've learned and how I've modified our product will live on in our vision and future product iterations."
"I've been working with brands and advertisers my entire career and I've never heard of a tagline more appropriate and special than talent is evenly distributed, opportunity is not."
"This is just an amazing opportunity, in particular for people coming in from outside of New York, to get a real taste of what it's like to do business and run a startup here."
"The experience was amazing, I would describe it as a very effective way to jump start your New York network. After three days you have friends, partners, and other contacts, you are instantly plugged into the New York network."
"We have acquired a robust network of high quality advisers that will help us approach enterprises so that we can reach our goals in New York."
"Through the VentureOut program, we have discovered new marketing tools and methodologies that help us focus on enterprise sales and that I plan to share with my team. It was really valuable to hear from people that have gone through a similar process with their companies."
"VentureOut is truly curated to have the right support and information for CEOs that have already rasied money, but are getting ready to scale. The training that happens within the accelerator to improve the level of your own marketing and messaging is unlike anything else that I have ever been a part of."
"The reason it was good to come here was that it was a four day consultant and venture capital expert refresher. A lot has changed since we did Techstars and we got to review where we are today and got really excellent input."
"I derived a tremendous amount of value out of this program. I have been introduced to several VCs in the community and I've met some really outstanding cohorts, both international and domestic that we're going to be in touch with going forward."
"I'm so happy to have met these nine other companies, their founders and their leaders because we have formed a very strong network and we're definitely going to be helping each other out when we're all growing in our respective fields of the EdTech market."
"The biggest thing of all was meeting the investors. The pitch night was a great success that included very positive investors with lots of incredible feedback and I'm already setting up meetings to follow up with them."
"I think the best thing has been the recruiting of the really amazing companies in our cohort. We've met many interesting people, learned a lot, and I've taken inspiration to be more of a thought leader in my field."
"VentureOut program was awesome. It was not too long. It was focused, concise. It gave me what I needed."
"We understood after a couple of days, that this is really a transforming exercise that you can learn a lot from."
"We had a chance to see the Retail Tech program's demo day. It was a good inspiration that helped us convince ourselves to be part of the New Media program. It was a great week."
Only in VR
"Got a hopeful partner with one of the other companies going through the program, that is going to help us do some of the technical stuff on the back end for our projects which in and of itself hopefully is going to be very valuable."
"We met a lot of great people. They were directly connected to our industry and what we do. We are really looking forward to following up with them both on a client perspective and the investment side which are the two main things we came here to achieve and so far it has been great."
“VentureOut’s knowledge of the city and startup scene is incredible, so is the energy their team puts on the program. To sum it up, a perfect balance between motivation and concrete data you’re looking for when planning for the creation of your US office.”
“VentureOut is a fantastic accelerator program. In just a few days, you get a good understanding of the NY tech scene : how it works, good connections and the events to attend.”
“We went through VentureOut after graduating Extreme Startups as part of our US go to market strategy. We used their advice and relationships to close large brands and influencers as clients and have since launched in LA and been acquired by Google.“
“VentureOut was a great experience. We’ve since launched in NYC and have an office with 20 employees and managed to not only raise money from NYC investors but closed Melo7 Tech partners as the lead“
“VentureOut is an amazing experience. Do not hesitate, if you have the chance to participate. Through the program we could significantly expand our network and even met people who eventually helped us close a high volume deal with one of the most renowned U.S. companies.“
“VentureOut didn’t just introduce us to a half dozen of NYC’s most influential tech investors, but 3 of them invested in our seed round a few months after the program!”
“Five of our startups came here to feel the beat of this great city, and understand the market opportunities here. The results were pretty good; we made potential partners and potential clients. And also, potential investors. It has been a great week for us and thank you VentureOut for that!”
“The program distills your idea down, I think I know my idea better than ever now. I had people come up to me after and opened my eyes to opportunities that I never thought of or knew even existed in the United States. This has been an outstanding experience and I don’t know if I can say enough of the value of this program”
“This is an amazing experience for venturing out of your comfort zone, the program is so comprehensive that you don’t get time to even scratch your head. Learning so much about the tech ecosystem in a New York setting was truly amazing”
"We took part in the program and I would say it’s very helpful. Investor meetings, pitch night and Round Robbin provided a lot of feedback to us and will help us to shape our profile and do much better as we did so far. The team of VentureOut is extremely helpful, constantly present and very responsive. They’re making introductions to wherever they can to help us. Now after this one week, I really made the friendship here and built contacts in the New York that can rely on. We’re definitely not alone when we come to the New York market."
"We came out with Ventureout New York to meet various investors, customers. VentureOut showed us how to move into the American market and expand over here. It’s a very valuable week and clearly defined. We're staying with a small excellent group of people. I made some great contacts as well as learning about immigration issues, tax and accounting issues, legal issues and anything else you might need to move your company here. The VentureOut program is very personalized and effective. It’s a lot more fun."
Entry Point VR
"I really appreciate we can do one on one meetings with managers, partners, and different VCs. We’re able to sit down for 5 minutes and explain our company and get great feedback. Also, the quality of my pitch really has improved after the one-hour pitch prep session."
"We got great value out of Healthtech program. We met some really awesome investors and advisors, focusing on health science and life science industry. At the same time, we got involved with a cohort of passionate entrepreneurs that are building really awesome products and bring great services to the market. I would give my full-hearted endorsement to this program. If you’re a growing startup especially in healthcare and life sciences space, this is the program for you. It’s helping you find right advisors and investors and also helping you relocate into the New York tech ecosystem."
"VentureOut helps us move our company from Hong Kong to New York. It also accelerated our introduction to other entrepreneurs, angel investors, and VCs. It is very valuable experience as we scale the company."
"VentureOut offered a great opportunity to us. We met a lot of great investors, Venture Capitalists during the program. We also established connections with two hospitals in New York City. I would recommend this program to all the entrepreneurs in Healthtech industry."
"VentureOut is a very useful program. People from outside of the New York get feeding for the culture, expectation and the way that the community in the New York works. I highly recommend it as a way of accelerating your company and understanding the New York market. You can quickly learn the way to focusing on your time and money to get the best result."
“I highly recommend VentureOut to any International startups interested in getting into the US market. I already recommended one of my friends back home."
"If you want to go to US to start or scale your business, there’s one thing for sure: you have to check out the VentureOut program. It helps you build your startup here and grow fast."
"I have been here for the last five days organized by VentureOut, meeting startups and pitching in front of the investors. It’s extremely well-organized week. I recommend every startup to join such a trip to New York and see how things’ developing here. "
"I totally think this is a fantastic program. This last week is so cerebral and insightful and at the same time, it’s so inspiring to meet those incredible companies. I really recommend you to go forward and try VentureOut."