We interviewed 5 founders of StartupLeap community on how they got support from their peers and in what ways they utilised it.
Violetta Shishkina, founder of CADChain B.V.
Coming to the Netherlands as a start-up we didn’t know what to expect at all. Being part of an incubator helped immensely. We immediately got to know a lot of startups so we could ask questions. I think every startup needs support at every stage of its development. The needs change however help is always appreciated. Today I see myself as almost an expert of the early stage start-ups and I’m always eager to help those who are just starting.
Kevin Valk, founder of Codian:
When I was stuck and wanted to apply to a normal job again. The fact that I had the weekly meeting made me continue and try. The positive response to my “half-assed” try was the push I needed to continue.
Marieke Ammerlaan, founder of MyBeats:
When you just feel stuck, it is nice to look around and see others also stuck and others getting unstuck:-)
Nikolay Tsanev, founder of CRMNOW:
I used the support and community to validate the idea. You actually get direct access to a diverse audience that will be honest with you, as they know the importance of validation.