What is ELEVATE?

ELEVATE is an acceleration program for startups in the process of building digital products, including but not limited to conversational interfaces, such as bots. The goal is to take your product from prototype to product-market-fit in 6 months by offering intensive hands-on coaching, and programming & growth hacking support.

Don’t hesitate to ask!

Are you interested in applying to be a part of ELEVATE? That’s great! Please read through the following Program Details carefully and then continue to the application form. If you still have any unanswered questions, don’t forget to check the FAQs or contact us for more.

  • Anybody who is building or planning to build a digital product using conversational interfaces, machine learning or AI.
  • Anyone interested in using artificial intelligence, machine learning or conversational interfaces to push their service/product to the next level.
  • Existing Startups who want to use a bot, artificial intelligence or machine learning as a crucial growth factor.

ELEVATE has a strong focus on developing an early-stage-prototype to product-market-fit and there are a few requirements:

  • you have at least a first prototype
  • your team consists at least of one developer and one marketing-oriented team member (However, if you are a single-founder and wow us, of course we’ll take a chance on you!)
  • you don’t have to be an incorporated company yet (during the time of the program the formation of a company is necessary, support will be provided)
  • If you are a single-founder and able to wow us, do not hesitate to apply
  • it is mandatory that at least one of the founders can attend the bootcamps in Vienna physically
  • you can also apply if you are an already established startup that wants to use a bot or associated technologies to grow.
Apply for Batch #3

Our Offer

350 hours of real hands-on work by experts
- that's 58 hours of hands-on coding and marketing execution & mentoring per month
- that's about 7 full workdays per month of senior experts working for YOUR business

You get hands-on time from experts:

140 hours of internal & external coaching in the fields of:

  • Business Modelling & Product development
  • Coding
  • Marketing/growth
  • Legal advice
  • Funding advice
  • Financial Planning
  • UX
  • Lean Canvas

105 hours hands-on growth hacking support by an expert

105 hours hands-on coding time by a senior developer

And resources

€5,000 for travel expenses, first purchases, formation of company etc.

Possibility to use office space @weXelerate, CEE’s biggest startup hub

Support in building your pitch deck, coaching and pitch training

All teams accepted to ELEVATE will be part of FBStart from Facebook, Amazon Activate & f6s Alpha Card

And more

Support by University research teams

Contacts to investors in relevant field

Contacts to corporates in your relevant field

Goodies from sponsors (free tools and credits)

Dates Batch #3

*Dates and Timings are subject to change

KICKOFF Bootcamp: 9. – 12. October 2018
  • Validation as a science
  • Applying lean
  • Hackathon
Bootcamp #1: 13. – 15. November 2018
  • Product development
  • Growth Hacking / Pirate Metrics / AAARRR
  • User Experience & Legal
Bootcamp #2: 12. – 14. December 2018
  • Pitch Training & Storytelling
  • Financials
  • Fundraising
Bootcamp #3: 17. – 18. January 2019
  • Pitching & HR
  • Testing & Analytics
Bootcamp #4 & Demo Day: 21. – 22. February 2019
  • Pitch Training & Fine-Tuning
  • Demo Day

The Deal

We take 8% equity in return for all the services above.
This guarantees our interest and commitment to your startup and your success.
If you want to participate, but your circumstances don’t allow for an equity deal, well you can just pay for the program too.

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What we covered in Batch #2


Meet the other Startup Teams
Meet your Experts
Business Model & Validation with Valentin Ascherman, INiTS
Work on your Business Model
Evening Event @Business Agency Vienna


Present your Business Model
Roadmap Set-Up with Experts

– 1 Month of Work and execution by your experts –


Show & Tell – Your progress
Pitch Workshop with Juan Guerra, Skills of Life
One on One Sessions

KEYNOTE 1 Bot Development – Life Cycle Mode, Continuous Integration: Jakob Reiter, TheVentury
KEYNOTE 2 Bot Development – Tipps & Tricks, Learnings: Emanuele Capparelli, Heroes.ai

Evening Event: Facebook AI Masterclass by Facebook Developer Circle Vienna


Pitching & Roasting
KEYNOTE 1 Machine Learning & NLP:  Joey Faulkner, rasa.ai
One on One Sessions

KEYNOTE 2 Strategic Roadmap: Thomas Walbert, INiTS
KEYNOTE 3 Technical Roadmap: Markus Krainz, indoors

One on One Sessions

– 1 Month of Work and execution by your experts –


Show & Tell – Your progress

INTRO: Facebook & Messenger Team: Susann Fischer, Facebook & Markus Brunner, Messenger

One on One Sessions

KEYNOTE 1 Experience Sharing: Prashant Pitti, nearGroup
KEYNOTE 2 Experience Sharing: Greg Leuch, Poncho

One on One Sessions

Evening Event: World of Chatbots – The Grand Meetup


KEYNOTE 1 Character Development: Greg Leuch, Poncho
KEYNOTE 2 Chatbot UX: Natalie Korotaeva, craftworks

KEYNOTE 3 Storytelling: Juan Guerra, Skills of Life
KEYNOTE 4 Conversational Design: Lauren Golembiewski, voxable

One on One Sessions

– 1 Month of Work and execution by your experts –


Show & Tell – Your progress
Work on your Pitches
Pitching & Roasting

KEYNOTE 1 Analytics: Klemens Zleptnig, Toni.ai
KEYNOTE 2 Analytics: Tuba Tezer, botanalytics

Working Session Analytics

Evening Event


KEYNOTE 1 Growth Marketing: Adrian Zettl-Singh, TheVentury
KEYNOTE 2 Growth Marketing: Tamir Israely, hackabu

KEYNOTE 3 International Marketing: Nick Stein, Electric Railway
KEYNOTE 4 Growth Hacking: Ben Sufiani, Pirate Skills

One on One Sessions

– 1 Month of Work and execution by your experts –


Show & Tell – Your progress

KEYNOTE 1 Financial Planning: Eva Arh, capital300

Working Session Financials with Eva

Evening Event: Karaoke Night


Pitching & Roasting

KEYNOTE 1 Financials: Patrick Prokesch, i5invest
Intro Financial KPIs: Laurenz Simbruner, PushVentures

Practice your Investor Pitch with Laurenz Simbruner


– 1 Month of Work and execution by your experts –


Show & Tell – Your progress

KEYNOTE 1 Investment Startup Perspective: Markus Krainz, indoors
KEYNOTE 2 Investment Startup Perspective: Artem Goldman, Visabot

One on One Sessions

Evening Event


KEYNOTE 1: Investment Investor Perspective: Lisa Fassl, AAIA
KEYNOTE 2: Investment Investor Perspective: TBA

Q&A with KEYNOTE-holders
Working Session Investment & Funding with your Mentors
PITCHES: Show us what you learned!

– 1 Month of Work and execution by your experts –



Final roasting session

Show & Tell – Your progress
Working Session with your Experts



Get your funding: DEMO DAY with VC involvement

Closing Remarks


– 1 Month of Work and execution by your experts –

You can either chose to further collaborate with TheVentury as your accelerator of choice and be part of a follow-up program with further services, a strong alumni community and a sympathetic ear whenever you need it, or take the gained experiences and a lot of know-how with you to kickstart your bot business on your own!

Applications for Batch #4 open January 17th, 2019.

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