Micro-businesses are at the core of the European Economy, employing around 50 million people, and accounting for over 20% of Europe's GDP.
Mamazen builds software-enabled businesses focused on strengthening millions of European micro-businesses’ competitiveness and economic growth.
We believe that the best way to unlock this potential is to:
Mamazen Startup Studio focuses on digital transformation for microenterprises by helping them optimise processes, acquire and manage customers, and improve the customer experience.
Our startups are plug-and-play solutions for the digitization of small businesses, platforms designed to keep quality at the centre. The startups created offer services whose value is immediately perceivable and transferable to the small business. The goal is to revitalise local businesses, restore authenticity to city neighbourhoods, and allow them to focus on their profession.
We are actively searching for curious, brave individuals with at least 5+ years of experience in challenging entrepreneurial, Founder, or CXO roles. Together, we can find and fund a brighter future with fewer carps and more dragons.
Are you willing to commit 5 years of your life 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 this categories:
Hey, have you ever wondered what makes a successful founder? Well, let me tell you, it's a combination of different qualities and skills.
A successful founder needs to be able to energise and build morale around different stakeholders like employees, customers, and investors. This means 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. So you want to keep an eye on changes and make adjustments when needed.
A must is to be an innovative thinker. You don't want to be someone who's just 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 don't try to fool others.
You got to be a clear thinker, someone that can get from point A to point B with simplicity. Own you failures, 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, in terms of value exchange and creating win-win situations.
Founders of startups know how hard it is to get things done. You'll work hands-on and full time alongside our team during the MVP, testing and prototyping, design, validation, and scaling phases of our next venture. We are not looking for a manager!
From the very beginning, you will be part of a startup journey with our startup building experts, evolving your skills and contributing to the creation of a new startup.
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:
This is the right path for you if you find it fun, but if you find it overwhelming, you should steer clear.
Our aim is to built a successful startups that can achieve 10
Every successful startup we create begins with an internally generated and validated idea. Why? Because we want to see Founders ride on the saddles of projects that are guaranteed to soar.
We want intelligent trailblazers who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty on the daily, which is why every startup gets an initial 100K€ to pay all the company expenses for the first 6 months (this means founders salary, covering cost and overheads and the marketing budget) plus 70% company equity. Are you celebrating? You are the right person. Are you wondering how to pay everything since you were thinking about paying yourself 3K€ a month. You might be lost! 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 be also introduced to our network of experts so you can benefit from their experience so you can build your venture quickly.
Aside from obtaining liquidity for all operational costs and salaries, we establish an investment up to €500K if the startup gains the appropriate traction. We will define milestones and KPI at the very beginning so their will be no surprises.
1. Explore the Market
Our dedicated team will start identifying unmet market needs, 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 business plan and approach, we’ll make sure 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 secure the MVP with confidence.
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 connects, adjust and realign any potential issues, and do what it takes to make the start-up a resounding success.
6. Seed round
Our goal is to take every start-up we create right to the first seed round and make it independent from the Studio. This is the last step of the internal start-up process, and we treat it as such!
From day one, you’ll have full access to ideation, research, validation, product development, legal, coaching and more from Mamazen studio team.
You will have 100K€ to cover the development costs and a personal compensation so you can continue to pay your bills until your startup get funded.
At the foundation the Equity split will be the share capital of the LTD Company (Società responsabilità limitata) will be 10.000/20.000€
... as well as a more valuable investor.
This investment is made during the launch phase upon achieving specific milestones and receiving a greenlight from the Mamazen team.
Depending on the terms of such event, IH1 usually hold 20% of preferred stock into the new venture (considering both the initial investment of 100K€ and the follow up investment of 400K€)
We cannot promise that we won’t fail at all. Failure is integral to success. To us, there are no failures, only lessons learned. However, the rate of failure – and the severity of that mistake’s consequences – will be far less than what you might face in a traditional startup journey.
Founders get their shares upfront but there is a 5 years lockup . It works like this:
All founders shares are up front. However, the shares are subject to a repurchase if you leave the company during an initial period, in our case a 5 years lockup is required (it can be shortened if the company reach certain milestones).
The right to repurchase diminishes as time passes and we have two cases:
Once you are onboarded, we’ll work together to turn the idea into an infinitely successful startup. We partner with ambitious, experienced entrepreneurs, giving them all they need to hit the ground running without crashing or burning.
We will work together, cheek to cheek, for a 6 months length, reaching milestones, talking to customers, doing everything that is needed to get results. We are not looking for managers but for people ready to get their hands dirty.
The day-to-day life of one of our founders can be very hectic and unpredictable. There are many tasks that need to be completed on a daily basis. As a founder you have to wear many different hats in order to keep the company moving forward. Some common tasks you might work on include:
Business development: In the early stages of a startup, talking with customers, making 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, and 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 very rewarding as you work to build something from scratch and see it grow and succeed.
We use scrum methodology to work. This methodology is pretty effective when it comes to Startups. Here is a brief explanation of how this approach works.
This methodology focuses on execution, speed and pivots.
Sprints are commonly used in the agile software development methodology, which emphasizes flexibility, collaboration, and rapid iteration.
If you're in the startup community, you've probably heard of Lean, Scrum, and Agile. 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.
A sprint is a short, focused period of time (we use two weeks sprint) during which our team works to complete a specific set of tasks or goals. In a startup, a sprint might be used to accomplish a specific set of tasks or deliverables in a short period of time, such as building a new feature or improving an existing product.
Sprints are focused on a specific set of goals that the team aims to achieve.
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 towards their goals.
Overall, sprints can be a useful tool for startups because they allow teams to move quickly and make progress on important tasks and projects in a short period of time.
Mamazen has a wide range of advisors and investors so if you need any help to get in touch with someone we might be able to help you out. 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 10 MBA at the same time, Every year you spend in a startup is like 10 years of experience in any other job you might get out there but...
Just want to give a disclaimer real quick, launching a startup is not a walk in the park. It's not just about committing full time. Working in a startup is a full, full, full time job. It's about having the grit and determination to see it through. It's about being able to handle the ups and downs and not giving up when things get tough. You must be able to adapt to change and make difficult decisions. It's a lot of hard work and it's not for the faint of heart. If you are up for the challenge, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience.