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dFund by delaware

Through our venture-building dFund program, we accelerate 6 initiatives per year. Based on your needs, we offer expert guidance, flexible resources and a broad ecosystem to help you develop a tailored roadmap toward establishing a successful, product-driven business.

Call open from January 15 until March 31

What dFund can do for you

Do you have a business plan centered around a proven idea? Are you passionate about transforming your idea into a sustainable business?

Enter dFund: a unique accelerator, mentorship and funding program that goes far beyond tired, traditional models of investment. Over a period of around 6 months, we will collaborate with your founding team to develop your dream into a marketable, scalable product – and build a business that can stand on its own two feet.

Together, we’ll tackle three core ambitions:

2 A Building a company

1. Building a company

This includes developing your founding team, your strategy and your financial plan.

2 B Building a product

2. Building a product

We’re aiming for a scalable MVP based on unique tech that continues to deliver value.

2 C Building a revenue stream

3. Building a revenue stream

We’ll create a game-changing business model featuring an initial revenue stream and sustainable distribution.

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What you get

What makes us different? We’re glad you asked. Thanks to our own IT experience and ability to access a wide range of assets, networks, fields of expertise, we can precisely tailor our investments to support you on your optimal roadmap to successful launch and scale-up.

Count on:

  • Airtime in front of the customers you’re targeting

  • Tech tuning in preparation for scaling and release

  • Partners familiar with industrial processes and pain points

  • Robust, experienced shoulders to lean on

  • Game-changing business models that boost value over time

  • Strong leaders and teammates in the short run

3 A 100 K Cash

Investment of EUR 100,000 in cash

Use this money to pay your founders, development team and other out-of-pocket expenses.

3 B 100 K in kind

Investment of EUR 100,000 in kind

This includes shared resources (training, network, partnerships, toolkits, etc.), shared business services (legal, finance, devops, facilities, etc.) and core services (leadership building, sales & bizdev, technology strategy, go to market, etc.).

3 C Personal Coaching

Personal coaching

Two delaware mentors will assist you in obtaining the right resources at the right time and ensure you get the most out of our ecosystem.

In search of venture building and experienced insights? We’ve got you covered.

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Who can apply

If you have an entrepreneurial mindset and an idea that has already generated business value, we encourage you to apply. We’re on the lookout for early-stage seeding opportunities in an industrial and/or commercial business context, or well-developed product ideas that we can already master and accelerate.

We typically look for a leadership team with a minimum of two founders that combines skills in sales, technology and delivery. Make sure you have all three competencies on board to ensure a founding team that is up to the challenge.

We accept initiatives in the following domains from both within and outside delaware:

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How to apply

Even the most passionate people with the most ambitious product plans are usually further from ‘viable’ than they think. It’s a fact that we can’t accelerate every bright idea.

In order to make the best use of the time and effort contributed by everybody involved, dFund relies on a set series of interactions before pitching your initiative to the dFund Arena – the gateway to dFund venture building.

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January 15 - March 31

1. Subscribe

After we receive your submission, you’ll be invited to fill out a questionnaire. Online application is possible until March 31, 12:00 PM CET.

After we review your entry requirements, we’ll invite you to an introductory call.

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Until April 15

2. Ramp up period

Prepare your assets to ensure that your submission is up to expectations.

We’ll help you prepare for the final pitch.

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May 18

3. dFund Arena

You have 45 minutes to make your pitch before a jury of experts and VCs, followed by 60 minutes of Q&A.

Get a taste of what to expect and watch our dFund Arena aftermovies from 2021: spring edition and fall edition.

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From June

4. dFund

The jury makes its decision 14 days after the dFund Arena. The top 3 candidates receive funding and support.

*Note: we will launch a similar procedure coming fall.

After a positive initial contact, we will require the following assets during the ramp up period:

6 A Video

A two-minute video introducing your value proposition

6 B CV

Resumes/CVs for all founding members

6 C Executive summary

Executive summary (commercial 2-pager)

6 D Business pitch

Business & Financial plan (3 years outlook)

Convinced? Ready to dive in? Eager for the sweet taste of success?

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About delaware

delaware is a fast-growing global company that delivers advanced solutions and services to organizations striving for a sustainable competitive edge.

By applying the ecosystems developed by our main business partners, SAP and Microsoft, we guide our customers through their business transformations. But we don’t stop there – we continue to serve our customers beyond to ensure continuity and continuous improvement.

We apply our own sustainable, forward-focused business model in everything we do. Our future leaders are already among us, driving our customers’ successes, shaping them to thrive today, and preparing them for tomorrow.