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The following is a guest post from Dan Driscoll and Zara Steadman of reQwip. ReQwip was one of the nine teams that participated in the NEXT @ SXSW workshop. To learn more about their experience and company, see their slideshow on their blog and their website


reQwip gained a lot of value from the NEXT@SXSW micro-accelerator in March: great mentoring of the likes of Zaarly co-founder Eric Koester, top media exposure to top media such as The Wall StreetJournal and Pandodaily, and resources such as top accelerators such as AlphaLab, Techstars, MuckerLab and Tech Wildcatters as well as angel investors and thought leaders in the tech-startup community.

Most importantly, we were forced to put all internal assumptions aside and go out to interview and survey hundreds of potential customers. This required a unique willingness to expose potential business model vulnerabilities in order to “graduate” from the program with a firm sense of the strength and weaknesses of our startup.

We worked 20-hour days for five days straight and we enjoyed every minute.  We have a strong sense of our go-to-market strategy and we are now connected to a community of people who can help reQwip scale rapidly and make a positive dent in the world.

reQwip is especially thankful for the help and feedback we received from mentors Alline Oliveira, Eric Koester and Adam Stelle, as well as for the opportunity to be a part of NEXT@SXSW, courtesy of Startup America and Startup Weekend.

A new round of NEXT classes start on April 10. Find out if it’s coming to a city near you here.

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