FastForward was an amazing program for me. It forced me to be introspective. I was able to think about and act on key issues that would help grow my business. It was definitely been an epochal poin in defining my business.
FFWD is the startup bootcamp every early entrepreneur needs to get them asking themselves all the right questions in preparation for the wild journey into the startup world. Don’t expect an easy ride – you are challenged pushed, and wholeheartedly supported all the way through. A thousand thank yous to the FFWD team, who really do go the extra mile.
The FFWD programme was a real eye-opener for me. It required me to reevaluate many of my business assumptions and raise my game, resulting in a much clearer strategy and understanding of what it will take to succeed. The team worked hard to challenge and coach in equal measure and I can highly recommend the programme to any founder considering a structured approach to learning and networking.
The FFWD programme has definitely opened my eyes and pushed me further to do more than I believed was possible. Thanks to all the FFWD team. It’s been a great experience!
It was really good to work with the FFWD team as we structured the proposition for Percentile. The team provided valuable insight on communicating with impact and came with bags of energy to keep everyone on their toes. Great job a delivering a fantastic programme.
Everyone in the FFWD team has been incredibly helpful and a great point of contact to have when it comes to entering the startup world. I’d recommend FFWD to anyone who is in the early stages of creating a business.
The programme really took us out of our comfort zone and challenged us from the start. Being very traditional bankers it really made us look at our offering through a different set of lens.
You have an idea and need a team of people to help you turn it into a business plan ready for investment, then FFWD will take you there.
FastForward was a great program for us and really helped give us with structure and mentoring to focus on our business. The FastForward team were awesome and on a weekly basis we had really experienced and qualified mentors to help talk through our strategies & address our problems in an honest and constructive way. Would definitely recommend to any early stage start-up!
A fantastic way to get all the tools required to make an idea a reality. Very knowledgeable and supportive mentors who are more than happy to share their experience and offer guidance.
FFWD is a brilliant way to force yourself to evolve from an idea into a viable business model. The combination of structure, time pressure, clearly defined stages and mentoring is a fantastic way to iterate rapidly and take a leap forward to a point where you have the clarity and confidence to talk to other interested parties whether advisors, mentors or investors. I recommend it to anyone who has a business idea and would like to validate it quickly.
Every business journey starts with the first step and FFWD is there to put you on the right path.
An extremely talented, experienced team delivering invaluable lessons in making your startup successful, along with key introductions to the people who could help you on your journey.
Without a doubt a fantastic programme to do when you’re still at the idea stage of your startup. Fantastic well-connected and experienced mentors who are not afraid to tell you honestly what they think. The structure of the programme is great and we really feel we progressed from week to week, including our pivot at the end. It definitely saved us months and months of time where we would have been fumbling in the dark for ages not knowing what to prioritise first.
Prior to FastForward, Branch Brush was just a sapling. The programme allowed us to be present with like minded individuals, gain validation and contacts through mentor sessions and talks. We were able to build up our confidence not only within the brand but within ourselves. We now see the importance in having the right guidance to push us in the right direction. Thanks to FastForward we are on the track from sapling to tree.
Without bringing enrolled into the FFWD 2018 PTG would quite simply not be on the same path it now currently is, we learnt so much whilst being enrolled on the course not just about business and how to create a proper business model but also about ourselves and what each member of the team succeeded at.
I represented my newly created start-up Prowexx at FFWD Summer 18 Programme. The overall experience was very useful and informative. Through the programme, I met other entrepreneurs at the same stage of development for their companies and exchanged many good ideas. Katie has done a tremendous job in setting up the Programme so thank you very much and thanks to Paul, Luigi, Jake and everyone else involved.
FFWD is THE place for getting honest and no-nonsense scrutiny of your business ideas. It helped us evaluate and validate any assumptions we made (which is more common than it seems), which is of paramount importance for building a strong foundation for any business. The entire FFWD team and the mentors’ advice was instrumental in making a strong base for our business idea to be built upon.
Before FFWD I knew nothing. I knew I had the ambition and drive to become the Founder and CEO I know I can be, but the truth is I found even the prospect of quitting my job as a lawyer and going for it very daunting. Looking back, I can’t believe how much I have learnt in such a short period of time. From the very first session, I began to learn what it takes to build a start up. The FFWD model is both interactive and bespoke, forcing participants to wrestle with the most difficult questions from day 1. For instance, by getting me to validate my assumptions by going out and speaking to clients, in order to frame the ‘job to be done’, compelled me to pivot and adapt in order to ensure I was building a product that was in need rather than build my product and hope the clients will come.I want to thank Katie and the team for their efforts in helping to get me started. Since completing the course, I have raised my first seed round, set up my first office with my co-founder, got onto the accelerator I wanted to, and am now in the process of rolling out trials for our software. The bottom line is, if you want to accelerate your start-up, choose FFWD!
The FFWD program was extremely rewarding for us. It gave us the infrastructure and resources to get us investor ready. The lessons and mentoring sessions helped us refine our business idea, better craft our vision, and learn how to articulate it in a way that resonated with potential stakeholders. We strongly believe we are better positioned to grow our business after the program.
FFWD has made such a huge impact on my startup and my own personal development. It’s so well-organised and structured in a way that is so useful to anyone, no matter what part of the startup journey you’re at. For me, I had a business idea and had some validation already but the programme helped me to test my assumptions and refine my strategic thinking. My favourite part of the programme were the mentorship sessions because they were a great way to speak to lots of mentors and get valuable feedback to work with. Thank you FFWD!
Super helpful for us to strip things back and go back to basics to validate and make changes. Gave us considerable clarity on our proposition and the structure of the programme with the mentoring sessions all afternoon was extremely valuable. Thank you!
Ross and I started FastForward with no professional experience or knowledge of how to create, grow, and maintain a start up company. We were doing what we thought was best but had no method or clear guidance as to what we should do. FastForward gave us the correct structure to build our business from the ground up and lay a solid foundation for us moving forward; combined with the expert mentors we got to meet and the subsequent network we have grown from it, we have gone from a “bedroom business” to something which is substantial and legitimate. Katie, Paul, and Jake are incredibly enthusiastic and helpful, caring for you as people, not just as a business.
Thoroughly recommend the FFWD programme for anyone in the early stages of a startup, looking to fast track and develop their idea. The FFWD team is great and together with their experienced mentors, they will challenge and help you refine your proposition to make you investment ready.