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Scale to USA 

November ’23 – March ’24

Organized by

Strategic Partners

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Logo Garage cu descriptor

Scale to USA 

November ’23 – March ’24

Organized by

Strategic Partners

WIT logoAmCham

Are you working on a startup with traction in a European country and want to launch or scale into the US market?

Rubik Garage Scale to USA is the acceleration program that will help you get there.

Are you working on a startup with traction in a European country and want to launch or scale into the US market?

Rubik Garage Scale to USA is the acceleration program that will help you get there.

Equity-free and Fee-free Accelerator
for Promising CEE Startups Targeting the USA

Rubik Garage Scale to USA #6 is an acceleration program for startups that have a scalable and innovative product/service, paying clients, and founder-market-fit within a country in Europe and plan to scale to the US market.

We created it together with investors & experts active in the US and founders who have built, scaled, and exited startups in the US market.

Join the accelerator and get:

  • First-hand knowledge about the realities & practicalities of penetrating and operating a startup on the US market from founders who have successfully done so
  • A deep understanding of the evaluation criteria and deal-breaker aspects of US investors, right from the source
  • First-hand perspective in raising funds from US angel investors and VC funds
  • A chance to meet face-to-face with curated investors, mentors, and potential clients in the USA
  • Warm intros to relevant mentors and potential testing clients that operate in the USA
  • An authentic reality check of the USA market & culture in order to evaluate if your startup is a fit for it
  • Access to strategic economic connections through a delegation of startups, mentors, investors government representatives to the USA
  • Increased awareness in the USA by being in the center of the action at large scale tech-conferences

Rubik Garage Scale to USA #6 is an acceleration program for startups that have a scalable and innovative product/service, paying clients, and founder-market-fit within a country in Europe and plan to scale to the US market.

We created it together with investors & experts active in the US and founders who have built, scaled, and exited startups in the US market.

Join the accelerator and get:

  • First-hand knowledge about the realities & practicalities of penetrating and operating a startup on the US market from founders who have successfully done so
  • A deep understanding of the evaluation criteria and deal-breaker aspects of US investors, right from the source
  • First-hand perspective in raising funds from US angel investors and VC funds
  • A chance to meet face-to-face with curated investors, mentors, and potential clients in the USA
  • Warm intros to relevant mentors and potential testing clients that operate in the USA
  • An authentic reality check of the USA market & culture in order to evaluate if your startup is a fit for it
  • Access to strategic economic connections through a delegation of startups, mentors, investors government representatives to the USA
  • Increased awareness in the USA by being in the center of the action at large scale tech-conferences

Landing Partners

Cultural Partners

Landing Partners

Cultural Partners

 

Accelerator Structure

Founders Bootcamp

November 19-21, ’23

+ Startup Alley exposure at the ROStartup Conference

A practical three-day experience at Rubik Hub, in Piatra Neamt, Romania, followed by the opportunity to showcase your startup in front of 300+ participants of ROStartup – the largest national conference for startups (November 23rd, in Bucharest).

This exclusive in-person bootcamp is tailored to the founders of this cohort, providing you with the opportunity to expand your network, meet with mentors and investors, take part in practical US-flavoured workshops, and get to know our team & community.

The ROStartup conference is the largest event in Romania bringing together investors, universities, governmental decision-makers, and startup founders.

Online Program for 3 Months

November ’23 – February ’24

Over the course of the next three months, prepare to embark on an immersive and intensive learning journey designed to empower you in scaling your startup.

Be prepared to actively participate in workshops, mentorship sessions, 1:1 Meet the Investor sessions, and Founders’ journey sessions, all facilitated by mentors, founders, and investors active in the USA market.

Their invaluable expertise and insights are yours for the taking, as they wholeheartedly share their wealth of knowledge to fuel your growth.

USA Immersion

Beginning of March ’24

As a final phase of our accelerator, the most promising startups are invited to pitch & connect in person with relevant investors and potential business partners in the USA, during a two-week experience comprised of:

  • Demo Day in Silicon Valley (San Francisco, CA)
  • Demo Day in Austin, TX during the flagship conference SXSW
  • Immersion Week: warm intros to relevant advisers / potential partners / potential investors in USA in Silicon Valley & Austin
  • CEE Startup & Business Delegation – an exclusive group of key actors, investors & decision-makers within the CEE startup ecosystem

€100,000 Investment Opportunity

Fortech Investments, our lead strategic partner, have committed to invest up to 100,000 euros in the startup(s) they consider to have the highest potential.

The investment will be offered at the end of the program based on their portfolio fit, performance of the founders during the accelerator, the founder-market-fit, and the potential of the startup to scale successfully on the US market.

Topics We Will Tackle

→ Raising Capital in the USA & Valuation Methods
→ Investment & Financing Models in the USA
→ US-Tailored Go-To-Market Strategies
→ From Launch to Exit in the USA – Founders’ Perspectives
→ Pricing Strategies
→ Cashflow & Taxes in the USA
→ Approaching Investors & Their Evaluation Criteria – A US Angel Investor’s Perspective
→ Approaching Investors & Their Evaluation Criteria – A US VC’s Perspective

→ AI & Ethics
→ Technical Bottlenecks When Building a Scalable Product
→ Navigating the US Legal Landscape
→ Mastering UX & Building a Loyal User Base
→ Organizational Culture When Building Cross-Atlantic Teams
→ Sales Strategies Proven in the USA
→ USA Reality Check, Financial Aspects, Relationships Pre- & Post-Investment→ Pitching in the US Way

Mentors & Coaches

Ruxandra Muys

Co-founder WIT Angels Club, Silicon Valley | Deal Committee Member at Bay Angels, San Francisco| Angel Investor at Hustle Fund

George Roth

Honorary Consul of Romania in San Francisco, Romanian American Business Network Silicon Valley Coordinator, UiPath

Nell.

President EURAIO, Funding Advisor US investment fund, Apple Executive Consultant, Tech Advisor Silicon Valley

Eric Melchor

Founder of the Innovators Can Laugh B2B Podcast Media Network

Ciprian Popoviciu

3x Founder, 1x Exit, Director at the Center for IoT Engineering and Innovation, North Carolina, USA

Andrei Savu

Rippling, San Francisco, CA, ex-software engineer Twitter, ex-Principal Sweat Equity Ventures

Dragos Jurca

Product Manager at Linnify, Romanian company with local office in Austin, TX

loredana-niculae

CEO at NNC Services, Greater Boston area | Partner & VP at ShootQ, Ohio | Forbes Business Council

Mircea Bardac
Radu Ionescu

Angel investor, startup advisor

Robert Thorssen

Co-chair of Deal Flow Committee, Bay Angels

Luca S

CEO at Creative Motion & ReaktorX

Gabriel Pana

CEO at Traction Keys | Co-Founder at WhitePipe, Uinkits, Pretto Management

Letitia Pupazeanu
Mihaela Bourceanu

Communication strategy, brand consultancy, advertising

Marius-Ursache

CEO Qualibro.ai, leveraging organizational data with LLM services & tools.

ciprian trip

Founder at SHIFT | product marketing advisor, mentor & trainer

Paul Kallmes

Start-up mentor, bootcamp presenter, fund-raising adviser, IP and international market entry expert

E.ON accelerate cph

Cyber & Fintech Program Managing Director & CEE Business Development Lead Startup Wise Guys

Stanislav

Client Partner, Tech, Games & Ventures | Apps | CEE Meta

eoin

Head of Startups Emerging Markets HubSpot | Founder CRANN GOODS

Hannes Ortmeier

Manager, VC & Startup Partnerships | EMEA Zendesk

Cristina Scutaru2

Professional coach, reliable partner for startups and guide for achieving goals

Ciprian Harabagiu

Entrepreneur | Investor | Scaling startups – Advisor & Mentor

Chris Joannou

VP – Ecosystem Growth Draper University

Claudiu Murariu

CEO & Co-founder at InnerTrends

Sonia Fedorovici

Head of Legal & GP at ROCA X

Roxana Axini2

Business Coach for Tech Leaders, Mindset enabler for startups

Radu Mindru

Coach, Expert in scaling from “I” to “We”

300

startup founders received support from our community

200

mentors from over 40 growth startups & scaleups

100+

startup events and programs & 5 acceleration editions

€22M+

raised by startups with our support

Follow-on Program – Ready to Raise

Top alumni from our accelerator get the chance to be selected in our follow-on program, tailored for startups seeking to secure investment in the next 3-6 months. The program consists of:

  • Interactive workshops on a wide range of key aspects involved in the fundraising process, including early-stage startup valuation methods, how to raise the first round, investors management, pitch deck preparation for investors, etc.
  • Tailored support for your startup: feedback sessions with the Rubik Hub team, peer-to-peer learning groups, access to data room
  • Match-making, warm intros and exclusive sessions of private pitching to investors.

$150K Startup Support Package

Once you join our accelerator, you become part of our Rubikorns community. This gives you access to:

 
 

Community Partners

RocaX logospherik accelerator logoTech Angels logo
NachoNacho logo
Transylvania Angels Network
Transylvania Angels Network

Are you ready to make your American startup dream come true?

Equity-free and Fee-free Accelerator for Promising CEE Startups Targeting the USA

Rubik Garage Scale to USA #6 is an acceleration program for startups that have a scalable and innovative product/service, paying clients, and founder-market-fit within a country in Europe and plan to scale to the US market.

We created it together with investors & experts active in the US and founders who have built, scaled, and exited startups in the US market.

Join the accelerator and get:

  • First-hand knowledge about the realities & practicalities of penetrating and operating a startup on the US market from founders who have successfully done so
  • A deep understanding of the evaluation criteria and deal-breaker aspects of US investors, right from the source
  • First-hand perspective in raising funds from US angel investors and VC funds
  • A chance to meet face-to-face with curated investors, mentors, and potential clients in the USA
  • Warm intros to relevant mentors and potential testing clients that operate in the USA
  • An authentic reality check of the USA market & culture in order to evaluate if your startup is a fit for it
  • Access to strategic economic connections through a delegation of startups, mentors, investors government representatives to the USA
  • Increased awareness in the USA by being in the center of the action at large scale tech-conferences

Accelerator Structure

  • Founders Bootcamp & Startup Alley exposure at the national ROStartup Conference

November 19-21, ’23

A practical three-day experience at Rubik Hub, in Piatra Neamt, Romania, followed by the opportunity to showcase your startup in front of 300+ participants of ROStartup – the largest national conference for startups (November 23rd, in Bucharest).

This exclusive in-person bootcamp is tailored to the founders of this cohort, providing you with the opportunity to expand your network, meet with mentors and investors, take part in practical US-flavoured workshops, and get to know the Rubik Hub team & community.  #WeAreInThisTogether.

The ROStartup conference is the largest event in Romania bringing together the key stakeholders of the Romanian ecosystem: accelerators, investors, universities, governmental decision-makers, and startup founders. Here are more details about the ROStartup initiative. If you wish to grow on / understand the Romanian market, this is a strategic place to be at.

  • Online Program for 3 Months

November ’23 – February ’24

Over the course of the next three months, prepare to embark on an immersive and intensive learning journey designed to empower you in scaling your startup.

Be prepared to actively participate in workshops, mentorship sessions, 1:1 Meet the Investor sessions, and Founders’ journey sessions, all facilitated by mentors, founders, and investors active in the USA market.

Their invaluable expertise and insights are yours for the taking, as they wholeheartedly share their wealth of knowledge to fuel your growth.

  • USA Immersion

Beginning of March ’24

As a final phase of our accelerator, the most promising startups are invited to pitch & connect in person with relevant investors and potential business partners in the USA, during a two-week experience comprised of:

  • Demo Day in Silicon Valley (San Francisco, CA)
  • Demo Day in Austin, TX during the flagship conference SXSW
  • Immersion Week: warm intros to relevant advisers / potential partners / potential investors in USA in Silicon Valley & Austin
  • CEE Startup & Business Delegation – an exclusive group of key actors, investors & decision-makers within the CEE startup ecosystem

€100,000 Investment Opportunity

Fortech Investments, our lead strategic partner, have committed to invest up to 100,000 euros in the startup(s) they consider to have the highest potential.

The investment will be offered at the end of the program based on their portfolio fit, performance of the founders during the accelerator, the founder-market-fit, and the potential of the startup to scale successfully on the US market.

If selected, you will have 1 to 1 mentorship sessions and meetings with potential investors based on your needs and assessment, continuous support form our team, access to a Deal Room, tools, templates, and more.

You can leverage what has already worked for startups to further build and create more traction (our team has collectively worked with over 1200 startups). Also, you will become a member of the Rubikorns Startup Community with access to over 200 mentors.

Topics We Will Tackle

→ Raising Capital in the USA & Valuation Methods
→ Investment & Financing Models in the USA
→ US-Tailored Go-To-Market Strategies
→ From Launch to Exit in the USA – Founders’ Perspectives
→ Pricing Strategies
→ Cashflow & Taxes in the USA
→ Approaching Investors & Their Evaluation Criteria – A US Angel Investor’s Perspective
→ Approaching Investors & Their Evaluation Criteria – A US VC’s Perspective
→ AI & Ethics
→ Navigating the US Legal Landscape
→ Mastering UX & Building a Loyal User Base
→ Organizational Culture When Building Cross-Atlantic Teams
→ Sales Strategies Proven in the USA
→ USA Reality Check, Financial Aspects, Relationships Pre- & Post-Investment
→ Pitching in the US Way

Mentors & Coaches

Ruxandra Muys

Co-founder WIT Angels Club, Silicon Valley | Deal Committee Member at Bay Angels, San Francisco| Angel Investor at Hustle Fund

George Roth

Honorary Consul of Romania in San Francisco, Romanian American Business Network Silicon Valley Coordinator, UiPath

Diana Stoica

Director at PwC, San Francisco, California

Ciprian Popoviciu

3x Founder, 1x Exit, Director at the Center for IoT Engineering and Innovation, North Carolina, USA

Nell.

President EURAIO, Funding Advisor US investment fund, Apple Executive Consultant, Tech Advisor Silicon Valley

Eric Melchor

Founder of the Innovators Can Laugh B2B Podcast Media Network

loredana-niculae

CEO at NNC Services, Greater Boston area | Partner & VP at ShootQ, Ohio | Forbes Business Council

Andrei Savu

Rippling, San Francisco, CA, ex-software engineer Twitter, ex-Principal Sweat Equity Ventures

Catalin Briciu

Co-founder & CEO Linnify, startup based in Austin

Dragos Jurca

Product Manager at Linnify, startup based in Austin

daniel_andor

Product design and strategy specialist, Founder of Durran

gabriela-constantinescu

Co-founder & COO at Chambr, currently in Techstars Silicon Valley

Alex Poe

Co-founder & CEO at Chambr, currently in Techstars Silicon Valley

Mircea Bardac
Luca S

CEO at Creative Motion & ReaktorX

E.ON accelerate cph

Cyber & Fintech Program Managing Director & CEE Business Development Lead Startup Wise Guys

Mihaela Bourceanu

Communication strategy, brand consultancy, advertising

Marius-Ursache

CEO Qualibro.ai, leveraging organizational data with LLM services & tools.

Stanislav

Client Partner, Tech, Games & Ventures | Apps | CEE Meta

eoin

Head of Startups Emerging Markets HubSpot | Founder CRANN GOODS

Paul Kallmes

Start-up mentor, bootcamp presenter, fund-raising adviser, IP and international market entry expert

ciprian trip

Founder at SHIFT | product marketing advisor, mentor & trainer

Radu Ionescu

Angel investor, startup advisor

Robert Thorssen

Co-chair of Deal Flow Committee, Bay Angels

Ana Maria Draganuta

Partner Attorney-at-Law, Founder of Legally Remote

Cristina Scutaru2

Professional coach, reliable partner for startups and guide for achieving goals

Hannes Ortmeier

Manager, VC & Startup Partnerships | EMEA  Zendesk

Ciprian Harabagiu

Entrepreneur | Investor | Scaling startups – Advisor & Mentor

Sonia Fedorovici

Head of Legal & GP at ROCA X

Radu Mindru

Coach, Expert in scaling from “I” to “We”

Roxana Axini2

Business Coach for Tech Leaders, Mindset enabler for startups

Gabriel Pana

CEO at Traction Keys | Co-Founder at WhitePipe, Uinkits, Pretto Management

Letitia Pupazeanu
Chris Joannou

VP – Ecosystem Growth Draper University

Claudiu Murariu

CEO & Co-founder at InnerTrends

300

startup founders received support from our community

200

mentors from over 40 growth startups & scaleups

100+

startup events and programs & 5 acceleration editions

€22M+

raised by startups with our support

Follow-on Program – Ready to Raise

Top alumni from our accelerator get the chance to be selected in our follow-on program, tailored for startups seeking to secure investment in the next 3-6 months. The program consists of:

  • Interactive workshops on a wide range of key aspects involved in the fundraising process, including early-stage startup valuation methods, how to raise the first round, investors management, pitch deck preparation for investors, etc.
  • Tailored support for your startup: feedback sessions with the Rubik Hub team, peer-to-peer learning groups, access to data room
  • Match-making, warm intros and exclusive sessions of private pitching to investors.

$150K Startup Support Package

Once you join our accelerator, you become part of our Rubikorns community. This gives you access to:

 
 

Community Partners

RocaX logo
<spherik accelerator logo>Tech Angels logo
NachoNacho logo
Transylvania Angels Network
Transylvania Angels Network

Are you ready to make your American startup dream come true?