Before SCW, we were just a couple of guys, a stack of prototypes, and some code working on a shoestring, bootstrapped budget. Though the market opportunity for Fend is huge, I had a hard time succinctly articulating our vision to others before joining the cohort. Through one-on-one coaching from the SCW directors and their network of mentors, I was better able to communicate the urgency of our customers’ need and the power of our approach.
The team also put me in touch with partners and funding sources to accelerate our growth. The cohort company teams provided great feedback, product ideas, and connections. We’ve since won a sizable SBIR award from the Department of Energy, taken our first angel investment, and opened our new headquarters in Virginia.
Acceptance into SCW was a key, validating milestone in Fend’s path. Participation in SCW’s program was a key milestone in my personal growth and my career as an entrepreneur.
- Colin Dunn, CEO