When we embarked on the journey of WebFWD over 2 years ago, our vision was to scale the way we support projects and startups that we believe are healthy for the web.
What started as a cohort of 2 teams and weekly lectures in 2011 has evolved into a robust, 3-month program of structured curriculum and applied learning for over 33 teams around the world. Not only have we grown our curriculum, but we have also seen amazing progress in both the reach (we got a record number of over 100 applications to our last cohort) and the quality (we increasingly receive exciting news of funding, milestones, market recognition and paying customers from our alumni in their respective markets) of the entrepreneurs we touch.
We cannot emphasize enough how much this growth has been powered by amazing people both in and outside of Mozilla (that is, many of you reading this note): our mentors, teams & alumni, Scouts, service provider partners, subject matter experts, investors and more. WebFWD is truly a Village.Where We’re Going
It’s precisely you - a powerful, mobilized community of people who believe in both the power of the web and of entrepreneurship - that leads us to our next phase. Because our community and Mozilla have too much to offer to keep this value to a limited number of teams.
Starting next year, we will broaden the universe of startups we work with, working in close partnership with leading startup programs around the world. We’ll be rolling out a series of workshops and resources that will help entrepreneurs to get more customers, scale faster and become viable more effectively - and do this all in a way that makes the web better.
This is about making a larger impact. By involving our community more deeply in the future of the web, and expanding who participates in it. And by partnering more tightly with our startup partners, following the advice of our teams to take even deeper dives into what Mozilla can uniquely offer tech entrepreneurs.Where You Can Join Us
In the next quarter, expect to hear more details about what these workshops will look like and where we’ll be offering them. And more importantly, about how you can be involved in this exciting next chapter.
Until then, do not hesitate to reach out to us with any initial thoughts or input. Because this is after all a you-powered effort :)
To an even Better Web!