ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
The Forge is for early-stage startups, who are about to launch their product. The programme takes place three times a year - in the Spring, Winter, and Fall.
The structure of the programme is based on what early-stage tech founders are usually most struggling with (but don’t yet realise).
Personal development and soft skills
Fundamentals (team, KPI’s, focus)
(sales, marketing, PR...)
(culture, internal plans, funding)
Aim: Help first-time growth company founders avoid repeating the most common mistakes, so the whole region improves.
Format & Duration: This is a 3,5-week programme consisting of an intense mix of workshops, 1on1 meetings and hands-on work, taking approximately 20 hours each week.
Coach profile: Founders or early-stage employees with 3+ years of experience.
Note: Week 1 may sometimes be done at the end of the program.
Location: The programme normally takes place at Startup Sauna in Espoo, Finland), but Fall 21 batch might take place online.
After the programme, there are regular follow-up’s via video calls to ensure progress and that appropriate help can be offered at the right time.
Month -3 Applications open
Month -2 Application deadline + interviews begin
Month -1 Teams selected
Month 0 Programme begins
Week 1 Programme ends + check-ins begin
THE STORY BEHIND
With our name being inspired by a story in which one of the central characters is a smith, we decided we need a name that would inspire and help people understand what is happening.
At the heart of every smith's workshop is the place where through hard work, they begin to forge their creations into a reality.
This place is the forge.