Sw7 FinTech Application

In partnership with RMI & BizSpark Plus

Applications are closed for the current Sw7 FinTech semester however should you wish to be considered for the next semester, please complete the application.


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Sw7 Accelerate

Sw7 (Start With Seven) is the largest Mentor Led Tech Innovation Accelerator in Africa comprising a 9 week part-time evening mentor-led programme with over 80 Tech Founder CEOs mentoring covering a 7-step process to define & execute strategy from late ideation through to launching, acceleration, growth & exit.
 
Please Tell Us More About You...

The information you provide will remain confidential.
 
First Name *

 
Surname *

 
City

 
What is your gender?



 
LinkedIn Profile

 
Twitter Profile

 
Mobile number

 
Date of Birth

 
ID / Passport number

 
Tell Us More About Your Business...

 
What is the business name?

 
What is the company registration number?

 
Please provide website link?

 
Please describe the business in 160 words*

 
How would you describe your business? Please tick all that apply:


 
How do you deliver your service? Please tick all that apply:


 
Name the technologies in your technology stack:

 
Describe the 5 most important milestones in the last 9 months:

i.e. Outcome - Beta Release Achieved By - Feb 2015
 
Describe Outcome 1 &  Achieved By ...... ?

 
Describe Outcome 2 &  Achieved By ...... ?

 
Describe Outcome 3 &  Achieved By ...... ?

 
Describe Outcome 4 &  Achieved By ...... ?

 
Describe Outcome 5 &  Achieved By ...... ?

 
When did you start developing this idea / business?

 
How many hours have you spent investigating and building your product since you started?

 
How much time (hours) are you investing in your venture per week now?

 
Are you working full-time on this project/product? (Y/N)

     
 
If no, from when do you plan to start working full-time?


 
Lifestage Of The Business 

Please answer all questions below that are applicable:
 
Ideation Describe where the idea came from (ie how you came across the problem or experienced the problem in an industry sector you know/have some knowledge of)

 
Validation
Has your idea been tested or validated in the market?

     
 
Acceleration
Have you built your MVP?

     
 
If no, are you building your MVP?

 
Commercialisation / Trading
Is the product pre-revenue or post-revenue?


 
If post revenue, please indicate range of revenue:


 
Who is “your customer”?

 
How many paying customers do you have? (number)

 
How many active customer leads do you have? (number)

 
How many users do you have? (number)

 
Is the product business breaking even?

     
 
If no, how long do you think it will be until the product is breaking even?


 
How long can you “carry” the new business until you need to see a return?


 
Growth...

 
Have you dominated your niche?

     
 
Are you looking to expand outside of your niche?

     
 
Funding...

 
Have you invested personal money into the new venture yet?

     
 
Have you raised cash?

     
 
If Yes, how?

 
If No, do you have plans to raise cash in the near future?

     
 
If Yes, how?

 
The Team...

 
Do you have Cofounders?

     
 
If yes, how many?

 
What are their names and what are their roles in the business?

 
How long have the team worked together?

 
What is your / their shareholding?

 
Has there been a change in the makeup of the CoFounder team or employees since the start of the project?

     
 
If yes, what were the reasons for and circumstances of the change?

 
Are you looking for another CoFounder?

     
 
Your Experience...

 
Please advise the last three positions held (Company, Position, Dates From & To, Reason For Leaving):

 
Position 1:

 
Position 2:

 
Position 3:

 
In these roles / positions held, where did you excel?

 
What frustrates you in your work environment?

 
Your Personal Situation...

 
Marital status:


 
Do you have dependents now?

     
 
If yes, number?

 
How many siblings do you have?

 
If you have siblings, what are the age differences between you?

 
Has anyone in your family run their own business before?

     
 
If yes, who in your family?

 
Are you fully employed now, self employed, contracting and/or consulting?


 
Your Expectations...

 
How did you hear about Sw7 Accelerate?

 
Please write the name of the person if you were referred

 
What are you expecting to get out of the Sw7 Accelerate?

 
How far do you think you will progress your business as a result of attending Sw7?

 
The Sw7 Accelerate Programme is an accelerator working with you to take your business to the next level - it is not a ‘drop in / drop out’ programme.  Please advise what other commitments you have (work, charity, personal) which may prevent you from attending the sessions and working on your business?

 
...other incubators, accelerators or “startup” programmes ...

 
Please name other incubators, accelerators or “startup” programmes you have attended.

 
When did you attend?

 
What learnings have you gained from attending?

 
Are you currently or will you be attending any other programmes for the duration of Sw7 Accelerate?

     
 
Our goal is to facilitate greater Access To Market for tech businesses.  To do this we have a ‘pay it forward’ culture where all people in the community try to help each other get meetings.  Do you think this is a good idea and are you prepared to c

 
Do you think this is a good idea?

     
 
Are you prepared to contribute?

     
 
Is there any other information you would like to add?

 
By submitting this application, you agree that all the information provided is true to the best of your knowledge and that Sw7 can communicate with you by email.

Thanks so much for your valuable feedback and time to complete this application
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