DsgnFwd™
Design Accelerator Program

We Help Transform 
Ideas and Innovations into 
Great Products and Inspiring Brands.

Design Forward Program provides seed funding, product, identity, ux, web, and brand design, as well as the launch support. Everything you need to get started.

 

Your product can be in physical or digital form or a service. In any case we expect you to have global ambition, a clear business idea and passion for what you do.

 DESIGN ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

100 DAYS

PUT TOGETHER

BUSINESS IDEA ,
BASIC BUSINESS MODEL, WORKING PROTOTYPE

BUSINESS MODEL AND
USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN

PRODUCT AND SERVICE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

BRAND IDENTITY,

COMMUNICATION STRATEGY, PACKAGING, ETC...

WEB SITE,
COMMUNICATION SUPPORT, MARKET VALIDATION

YOU

YOU AND US

The Deal for Startups

What you get and what you give

We invest 20.000 € or more in cash and services for 10% or more equity. *

* Every project requires individual approach and each deal is specific

The Specifics

What makes DsgnFwd Program  different from others?

Design

Design can be a make-or-break factor for any product or company; it is so much more than a pretty logo or the shape of the buttons.

Design is what makes great products and inspiring brands.

Full Service

We are primarily focused on execution and not only on mentoring. You will get the full service treatment of a design agency that is usually affordable only to big firms.

We provide actual services.

Anytime

We treat each startup individually and accept companies into our program year-round.

Ongoing program means you can apply and start anytime.

The Takeaway

What you will take home upon completion

Real Stuff

Product prototype
Brand and corporate identity
Communication strategy
Web site
Basic social channels 
Validation of your business idea

Knowledge

3-month experience of working with design and communication experts of all specializations

Meeting top mentors relevant to your specific case

Legal, tax, and accounting advice

Upstream

Contacts with international investors from Europe and United States

Before & After

We transform ideas and innovations into products, services and brands.

Integral Design

Design is much more than the shape of a button or logo.

Product Design*

- product definition
- product design
- product prototyping
- packaging design
- unboxing experience
- service design

* The product can be in physical or digital form or a service --  usually it is some combination of all of them.

Brand & Identity Design

- naming
- brand and corporate identity
- stationery
- brochures
- signage systems
- retail and trade show space

Communication Design

- web sites and social channels
- user experience (UX) design
- web and mobile applications
- communication and advertising
- validation campaign
- e-commerce

The Process

The DsgnFwd™ process is a unique fusion of integrated design and lean startup methods developed in Silicon Valley.

DsgnFwd™           =

Lean Startup          +

 

Small steps
Validated learning
No waste
Proportional investments
Early stage validation
Customer development

Integral design

 

Business models
Products
Services
User experience 
Interaction 
Communications
Brand

The Space

Loft-style industrial space 10 mins. from the city center featuring various facilities

700 square meters, own bar, photo studio (sorry, no models though), prototyping for physical and software products.

1.  Conference room
2.  Photo & video studio
3.  Coworking area I
4.  Cafeteria
5.  Workshop
6.  Main design floor
7.  Coworking area II

The Praise

Some of our awesome entrepreneurs share their experience of working with Gigodesign

Barbara Rakovec Gorkič
CEO, Optomotive

Due to a consistent brand image, great product design and professional exhibition stand, we were perceived as an equal player from our very first international trade show appearance as a young start-up.

Matej Kosir
CEO, Froc Chair

Our product won the prize at the very first trade show we attended. We’ve started selling it through our website even before we found the manufacturer.

Uroš Čadež
CEO, XVida

After a successful Kickstarter campaign and the CES trade show in Las Vegas 70 distributors from 30 countries all around the world are interested in Boomerang iPad mount & stand.

The Venue

Ljubljana was dubbed the new Milan by a design magazine and praised for its potential by a leading tech blog.

Ljubljana is where the action happens.
 
— Monocle
Leading lifestyle and design magazine
A hotbed of entrepreneurial energy.
 
— TechCrunch
Leading tech and entrepreneurship blog

Awards and Publications

Our work has been receiving wide acclaim both regionally and globally

Application & Contact

Apply for the program. We will let you know about the result in no more than 15 days.

If you have any additional questions feel free to contact us.

 

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Founded by

GIGO

DESIGN +

COMMUNICATIONS

Design and branding agency

Ljubljana, EU

Robert Antunovic

Serial entrepreneur and investor

Boulder, USA

Venture capital fund

Ljubljana, EU

Partners

JADEK & PENSA

Law Office

DATA

Accounting and Business Consulting

 

HEKOVNIK

Startup School

MEMBER OF ACCELERATOR ASSEMBLY  NETWORK

START:UP SLOVENIA

Initiative

 

PODIM

Conference