Micro-businesses are at the core of the European Economy, employing around 50 million people and accounting for over 20% of Europe's GDP.
Micro enterprises suffer from systemic weaknesses, placing them at an unfair disadvantage when competing with more highly organized players. The most common problems are high fragmentation, weak bargaining power, and reduced investment ability. In addition, they are characterised by poor managerial and entrepreneurial skills and a lack of knowledge and tools necessary for digital transformation.
We believe that the best way to unlock this potential is to:
The Mamazen Startup Studio builds startups that revolutionize customer experiences and the running of poorly digitized micro and small businesses. We create plug-and-play solutions that simplify processes, improve customer experience, and create cross-cutting tools for digital transformation. The goal is to reduce inefficiencies and enable micro-businesses to attract, manage, and retain customers.
We are actively searching for curious, brave individuals. Together, we can build a brighter future with fewer carps and more dragons.
Are you willing to commit five years to change the world? You are in the right place!
While there is no magic formula that defines the perfect Founder, certain ingredients are crucial for our Startup Studio, so you must fall into one of these categories:
Hey, have you ever wondered what makes a successful founder?
A successful founder needs to energize and build morale around stakeholders like employees, customers, and investors. You need to be a source of energy!
You need sales skills, and you got to be adaptable. Markets change, technologies change, and what was great yesterday might not be so great today.
A must is to be an innovative thinker, not someone copying others or coming up with ideas that are a day late and a dollar short. Be intellectually honest: be the one who calls a spade a spade and doesn't try to fool others.
You must be a clear thinker who can get from point A to point B with simplicity. Own your failures, and don’t blame others. Someone who owns their failures also has the invaluable capacity to learn and improve.
You got to see potential in others because a founder's job is to motivate everyone. Surround yourself with a great team with diversity in strengths and weaknesses.
And last but not least, You need to have a strong sense of economics regarding value exchange and creating win-win situations.
Founders of startups know how hard it is to get things done. We are not looking for a manager! You'll work hands-on and full-time alongside our team during our next venture's MVP, testing and prototyping, design, validation, and scaling phases.
From the beginning, you will be part of a startup journey with our startup-building experts, evolving your skills and contributing to creating a new startup.
What does it mean?
Are you ready to be a founder? Are you Sure? Here you will find a shortlist of the jobs startup founders so all at the same time:
If you find it fun, it means this is the right path for you, but if you find it overwhelming, you should steer clear.
Every successful startup we create begins with an internally generated idea. In a pre-validated startup, revenue and an MVP have been developed. Why? We want to see Founders ride on the saddles of projects that are guaranteed to soar.
Every startup gets an initial 100K€ investment from our investment firm. This initial money is to pay all the company expenses for the first six months (the founders' salary, covering costs and overheads, and the marketing budget).
Co-founders receive 70% of the equity in the company (usually, we prefer two co-founders).
Are you celebrating? You are the right person.
How do you pay for everything since your salary is super expensive? You are not the right person; please exit here
From the moment you join our dream team of front-runners in the marketing, sales, product, finance, press, and legal departments, to name a few. You’ll also be introduced to our network of experts so you can benefit from their experience and build your venture quickly.
Aside from obtaining liquidity for all operational costs and salaries, we can follow up on our initial investment of up to €700K if the startup gains the appropriate traction. We will define milestones and KPIs at the beginning, so there will be no surprises.
1. Explore the Market
Our dedicated team will start identifying unmet market needs and aligning and perfecting the business idea during the thesis development phase of the process.
2. Opportunity Identification
We’ll define the market, refine the product or service offering, and create a real, actionable plan to bring the idea to life.
3. Validation of Keys Assumptions
By testing, proving, and tailoring our roadmap and approach, we’ll ensure we understand exactly what works and what we shouldn’t be wasting our time on.
4. MVP Development
We help you build a prototype of the new product. By testing whether the proposal meets our newly discovered opportunities, we will confidently secure the MVP.
5. Early Growth
Now that our start-up is firmly rooted, we need to make it grow. Here, we’ll tap into a network of professional connections, adjust and realign any potential issues, and do what it takes to make the start-up a resounding success.
6. Seed round
We aim to take every start-up we create to the first seed round and make it independent from the Studio. Since this is the last step of the internal start-up process, we treat it as such!
From day one, you’ll have full access to ideation, research, validation, product development, legal, coaching, and more from the Mamazen studio team.
At the foundation, the Equity split will be the share capital of the LTD Company (Società responsabilità limitata) will be 10.000€
Founders get their shares upfront, but there is a five years lockup. If you leave the company during the lock-up, there is a right to repurchase that diminishes as time passes with a good leaver and bad leaver clauses:
Board of directors
Once you are on board, we will work together, cheek to cheek, for six months, reaching milestones, talking to customers, and doing everything needed to get results. We are looking for people ready to get their hands dirty.
As a founder, you must wear many hats to keep the company moving forward:
Business development: In the early stages of a startup, talking with customers and doing the product work is the main focus. You will spend a lot of time talking with customers, improving the product, and testing new ideas.
Marketing and sales: You will also spend a lot of time working on marketing and sales efforts, such as creating content, reaching out to potential customers, getting their feedback
Fundraising: You will spend a lot of time working on fundraising efforts, such as preparing pitches, networking with investors, crafting business plans, and negotiating terms.
Operations and logistics: You will also be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the company, such as managing finances, hiring and managing employees, and handling legal and compliance issues.
Overall, your day-to-day life in the early stages of a company can be very demanding, but it can also be gratifying as you work to build something from scratch and see it grow and succeed.
We use scrum methodology to work. This methodology focuses on execution, speed, and pivots, emphasizing flexibility, collaboration, and rapid iteration. This methodology is effective when it comes to Startups.
I want to cut through all of the noise out there and focus on something that will absolutely change how you run your teams, your companies, or even your own life.
Our sprint is two weeks sprint during which the team works to complete a specific set of tasks or goals. During a sprint, the team will typically hold Sprint planning and sprint grooming meetings to check in with each other and discuss progress.
At the end of the sprint, we will review what has been completed and what still needs to be done.
This process helps the team stay focused and make progress toward their goals.
Mamazen has a wide range of advisors and investors, so if you need any help, contact someone we can help you. Asking for help is not a bad thing but also, working your ass off is a MUST!
Building a startup is exciting; it means doing 100 MBAs simultaneously; every year you spend in a startup is like ten years of experience in any other job you might get, but...
Launching a startup is not a walk in the park; it's not just about committing full-time.
You must be able to adapt to change and make difficult decisions. It's about having the grit and determination to see it through. It's about handling the ups and downs and not giving up when things get tough.
It's a lot of hard work, not for the faint of heart. If you are up for the challenge, it can be a gratifying experience.