Moscow, Startup Academy GVA LaunchGurus, May 15: A unique ten-week training program for startups started in Moscow- it was developed by well-known businessmen of Silicon Valley Lawrence Wright and Gary Fowler. Every third GVA LaunchGurus Startup Academy graduate becomes a successful businessman — these are the data of a two years statistics on the project.
Startup Academy GVA LaunchGurus is a totally new format of a business accelerator that combines practical trainings with an outstanding and efficient system of a small business development. The students are taught directly by major business leaders and CEOs, they spend 2 weeks out of 10 in Silicon Valley, obtaining a unique experience of a personal communication with international investors.
«One of the main goals of the Academy is to teach students to dispose properly the raised money- says Lawrence Wright, CEO GVA LaunchGurus. And if in a standard model of business -accelerators only 5% receive investments, more than 30% of companies — graduates of the GVA LaunchGurus become successful businesses. Overall, the Startup Academy graduates already attracted more than $ 11 million of venture and direct private investments, capitalization reached more than $ 60 million and they also created more than 400 jobs».
«There was nothing like this before: we give students a chance, we teach them to be successful and to believe in achieving their dreams» — said Gary Fowler, Co-founder of GVA LaunchGurus.
Teachers and mentors of the project — are more than 20 world-renowned gurus, including the heads of the major Russian and international funds and companies, leading entrepreneurs and investors. They provide intensive support to students in the formulation of business ideas and the development of business models. Bob Dorf, an internationally renowned mentor, serial entrepreneur and one of the authors of the Concept of Customer Development (building relationships with clients) teaches the students to build sensibly companies’ development schemes to achieve their maximum financial success.
The first day in the GVA LaunchGurus Startup Academy started with a strategic business game «A dialogue in the Dark». Under the guidance of the specially trained coaches, the participants in absolute darkness, in the absence of the ability to use visual sensation, together carried out a series of tasks, and then, in the light, they shared their impressions. It was such a very unusual acquaintance format, allowing 25 new students from the very first day of training activate their new internal resources, to reach their potential to achieve future business objectives.
«Even today I can see a lot of new things that will help to structure my thinking, my way of doing business» — says Katerina Cronstedt, the head of Katerina. ru project and one of the first students of a new Startup Academy admission.
GVA LaunchGurus Startup Academy program helps each student to set clear objectives for the development of their own business at the beginning and to come to their achievement at the time of the program’s completion.
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Startup Academy — is a project by GVA LaunchGurus, which already has a success story. Prior to this, Lawrence Wright created and successfully conducted 4 classes of Startup Academy. In early 2014 along with Gary Fowler he founded GVA LaunchGurus project in order to focus not only on educating startups, but also on creating an integrated ecosystem for supporting all business participants — from startups to investors. This is an effective practice-oriented education program for entrepreneurs at all levels.
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