We invest in high potential entrepreneurs. Meet with us for an hour and let’s see if we can work together to make your company the best it can be with minimal resources. If we are a good fit, we could spend up to 3 months working with you pro-bono to help your startup grow, while we evaluate the potential of your company for a longer term engagement in exchange for a small amount of equity.APPLY NOW >
ACHIEVING TRACTION™ CERTIFICATE
Our “Achieving Traction” Certificate empowers first time entrepreneurs to solve a real problem in a startup, while acquiring practical skills and work experience. Schools, Accelerators and Incubators offer this program to their students as a way to foster entrepreneurship and empower individuals with the tools required to achieve traction.
All programs are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
ACHIEVING TRACTION™ MENTORSHIP
Our mentorship program is tailored to the specific needs of your startup. We will work with you for eight weeks to understand your company in-depth, develop a clear execution plan and actively help you achieve it. Together we will achieve traction.
The ELEVIN Methodology
After working with hundreds of startups, we developed a simple model that explains the path of a startup and the most common mistakes you can avoid. We use this model to understand where you are, where you are going and guide strategic decisions in your startup. Learn all about our methodology in our accelerator, talks or certificate.
“Take your problem, break it into small pieces and focus only on what matters the most.
Fail fast, fail often and fail towards success…” Enrique Levin, Founder
No matter if you are just starting or if you have achieved great success, we can help you become stronger, faster and smarter.
We guide and actively support entrepreneurs on the difficult path towards becoming a sustainable company that creates value for its customers while maximizing its profitability.APPLY NOW
You have an idea but don’t know how to make it a reality. We will help you figure out a strategy that will help you discover the potential of your startup. Our focus will be on maximizing results while minimizing time, effort and costs. With our trademarked methodology, we guarantee that you will know what to do next and how it relates to your long term goals.
You have a clear vision of the product but are overwhelmed by how difficult it is to build it. Before you seek investment or think about scalability, our team will help you list your core assumptions and develop minimum viable products that help you test them effectively while minimizing your costs. Building channels of communication with your customers and tracking their behavior effectively are the keys to success.
Finding and engaging the right market for your product is a challenge. It is even more difficult when you have to do it while also building the right product for your market. We will help you identify, prioritize and execute marketing strategies in order to maximize your likelihood of success. Whether you are looking for early adopters for your first beta, or a way to scale up to your ultimate potential, we can help.
Managing a team and prioritizing work can be a full time job. Let’s implement tools that will help you run the operations of your business smoothly and without waste. Let’s establish a culture of transparency, discipline and trust.
You have a tested business plan but are finding it hard to build a team, engineer the product, market it and generate revenue at the same time. Our team will help you get through the process of building your organizational structure, finding the right employees and partners, defining operating procedures and getting them all to work together, ultimately maximizing your impact as one efficient, effective, happy and cohesive team.
You have a product that delivers value and might or might not be generating revenue. We can help you develop distinct revenue strategies and evaluate how they might affect your growth strategy and product roadmap in order to maximize your long term impact. A stronger value proposition will give you better pricing dynamics. Finding the optimal point between revenue and value delivery is key.
You have a value adding product in a defined market, and now what? Many times you have to grow before you can monetize effectively. Other times, you just can’t grow unless you monetize. Our team will help you become aware of all the available options and develop a sound strategy to help you make it happen. The right mix of inbound and outbound strategies will maximize your results while minimizing your costs.
You think you need money, are in the process of raising capital or you already raised and now what? We can help you create an effective strategy to minimize your costs while maximizing the lessons learned from all your experiments. Before you hire more people and assign large budgets, let’s create small replicable experiments that prove a positive return on investment of any initiative. Let’s take it one step at a time and make sure you get the best money, from the best sources, and we spend it on the right things.
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SCHOOLS, INCUBATORS & ACCELERATORS
We collaborate with several organizations that help entrepreneurs succeed
Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, Texas, and the UK, MassChallenge strengthens the global innovation ecosystem by accelerating high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world for zero-equity taken.
By teaching rigorous business, finance and economics, connecting students to best practices and immersing them in international experiences, Brandeis International Business School prepares exceptional individuals from around the globe to become principled professionals in companies and public institutions worldwide.
Through educational experiences we form people who become agents of change willing to be even more competitive in order to benefit all; people who are responsible for their own lives, aware of the fact that their actions may promote the transformation of others.
We want to be the preeminent institution in the world for Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®—and known for it. We want to expand the notion of entrepreneurship to embrace and celebrate entrepreneurs of all kinds. We want to put the power of entrepreneurship as a force for economic and social value creation in as many hands in the world as we can.
At CEDE we implement strategies to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship with the purpose of creating startups that solve big challenges in Mexico. Through several programs, talks and workshops for students, alumni, academics, entrepreneurs and companies, we empower individuals to interact, share ideas and collaborate in an atmosphere designed for innovation with social impact.
We are an independent, non-profit organization that is the convener, voice and advocate of our region’s business community. We help our members and Greater Boston succeed by Connecting business leaders to build meaningful professional relationships, Informing the business community on the most important issues facing our region, Shaping public policies that sustain Greater Boston’s competitiveness and Providing leadership development programs that foster professional growth
The National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory, and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of NSF-funded, basic-research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization. Through I-Corps, NSF grantees learn to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and gain skills in entrepreneurship through training in customer discovery and guidance from established entrepreneurs.
At the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship our mission is to advance knowledge and educate students in innovation-driven entrepreneurship in a manner that will best serve the world in the 21st century. The focus of our education is MIT students to whom we provide proven frameworks, courses, co-curricular programs, state-of-the-art facilities, advisory services, and processes to create a rigorous, practical, customized, and integrated educational experience.
The Boston Leadership Institute is an award-winning organization known for its intensive summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs for teens. High school students are invited to explore the fields of STEM at the Boston Leadership Institute’s unique and award-winning summer programs. Our interdisciplinary programs are specifically designed for students seeking to develop their skills in STEM fields and encourage students to apply classroom knowledge to real world problems, and foster the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in the fields of science and medicine.
If it can be done, we are the people to make it happen.
Enrique Levin – Founder
Enrique is an entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience in turning ideas into reality and a great track record for building sustainable businesses that provide value adding products and services to accurately targeted markets internationally.
His multidisciplinary hands-on background and unique perception of the world give him an enhanced understanding of complex dynamic systems and social behavior, allowing him to add value to most business disciplines. His exceptional management skills maximize the potential of any high-performance team.
Enrique has successfully built and helped execute 30+ business models in the B2B and B2C realms in extremely diverse industries, always with a frugal mindset, continually optimizing business models and operations for the right KPIs, while keeping a work culture of quality, discipline and trust.
He is the Founder of ELEVIN Ventures, a firm that empowers entrepreneurs to cross the chasm between idea and realization. He is also a mentor, advisor and investor for several startups, an Adjunct Professor of Experiential Entrepreneurship, and a Mentor and Judge for MassChallenge and multiple startup competitions and accelerators worldwide.
He holds an MBA from Brandeis University’s International Business School, known for it’s social justice approach to education, as well as a BS in Industrial & Systems Engineering from ITESM, the top engineering and entrepreneurship university in Mexico. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese and English with high proficiency and has a lot of experience in multicultural local and remote settings.
When not working, Enrique is a music producer, performance driver, car tuner, explorer, photographer and designer.
Sara Landa – Partner
Sara is a creative problem solver who thrives on discovering the truth in business environments of extreme ambiguity. She believes quick experimentation, measurable results and effective communication are key drivers for growth. She is known for being persistently curious and having a forward thinking mindset that meets rapidly evolving needs.
She is an entrepreneur with a tapestry of experience involving minimum viable product development, web design, web engineering, online advertising, analytics, conversion funnel optimization, CRM, CMS and B2B lead generation having worked in the finance, agriculture, healthcare and education industries.
Sara has a strong quantitative background with ample experience in process optimization and operations management.
Sara supports the marketing and sales teams at portfolio companies, leads the startup selection process for our accelerator and helps manage our educational programs.
What startups need is not just advice or money. Entrepreneurs need someone who is passionate about their vision, who has done it before and who can actively help them make it happen.
Program available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
An introductory one-hour session. We will meet to discuss your path as an entrepreneur, what you have done so far to turn your idea into reality and evaluate the current status of your company. We will help you identify your key assumptions and prioritize everything you are doing in order to maximize your chances of success. We believe in focusing only on what matters the most.
Up to 3 months of one hour weekly meetings. We will define your priorities, establish operating procedures and develop effective experiments that will test your core assumptions while staying lean and agile. During our meetings we will discuss advances, pivots, lessons learned and next steps. We will help you develop everything you need to achieve tangible goals.
If you make it to Stage 3, it means we believe you have high potential, and we want to work more actively with you. We are willing to invest up to 5 hours per week actively helping you achieve your goals. You will get access to our extensive international network in the entrepreneur community and all the operational advantages of having a strong team by your side.
Direct interview pass for finalists and alumni from MassChallenge, Brandeis Innovation, DeltaV, BigBooster, Boston Chamber of Commerce M|X, Biscay, Kauffman Foundation, The Boston Foundation, iNNpulsa Colombia and OCP. You accelerator is not on the list? ask us if you qualify!
TALKS & WORKSHOPS
Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Are you tired of strategic talks and workshops that lead nowhere and just confuse you further?
Our 2-3 hour talks are designed with entrepreneurs in mind. We will empower you with practical skills that will allow you to realize your vision with little to no involvement from contractors and development firms. Take advantage of the amazing free tech stack available online to you as a startup and leave the workshop with tangible results.
“Control your experiments, learn more and move forward faster…” Enrique Levin, Founder
BOOTSTRAPPING & SUSTAINABLE GROWTH
An experiential journey full of real startup stories that will help you understand how to build a minimum viable company, a product for your customers and a sustainable business with a culture of transparency, discipline and trust. Learn the ELEVIN Methodology and how you can apply it to your decission making process throughout the lifecycle of your startup.BOOK TODAY >
INBOUND MARKETING – SEO & SEM
A practical session that will help you develop the skills to own your inbound marketing strategy. We will help you understand Search Engine Optimization, landing pages, web presence, Google search console & Bing/Yahoo webmaster tools, product SEO & SEM, content strategies, facebook pixel, google analytics, adwords, facebook ads, a/b testing and much more.BOOK TODAY >
MINIMUM VIABLE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Learn how to leverage the beauty of open source by creating a WordPress based MVP from scratch including installation, setup, themes, common plugins and their settings, SEO optimization, e-commerce, security features, page builders and integrations with other platforms like HubSpot, Mailchimp, Stripe and many others. You will also learn analytics, email marketing and ad conversion tracking.BOOK TODAY >
INNOVATION, OPERATIONS AND SALES
I know what I need to do, but how, who and in what order? How do I convey this to my team and keep them in focus? You will lean what a Kanban is and why it is important, available products, technologies and methodologies that help you prioritize and assign tasks, operational strategy and communication,
sales funnels, HubSpot setup and workflows, lead acquisition strategies, lead funnel setup and forms.
ACHIEVING TRACTION™ Certificate
This program is designed for first time entrepreneurs that want to learn by doing. We work with top-notch startups to offer you the experiential education opportunity of a lifetime. Schools, Accelerators and Incubators offer this program to their students as a way to foster entrepreneurship and empower individuals with the tools required to achieve traction.
It helps students experience entrepreneurship first-hand by studying, analyzing, providing recommendations and executing a minimum valuable product to demonstrate the effect of their recommendations to real startups at different stages of development and funding.
During this eight week program, students work in teams of three to help high-potential startups achieve traction and maximize the value of their Key Performance Indicators. This program is a hybrid between an experiential entrepreneurship class, a consulting project and the ideal internship. We will meet for three hours once per week and students are expected to work with their team an additional 12 hours per week.
Program currently available at the Brandeis University International Business School in Massachusetts, USA and at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City, Mexico.
Program available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Want to offer our certificate to your community?CONTACT US >
You will learn by doing. You will study, understand, suggest and execute your suggestions.
You will achieve traction.
You will spend two weeks studying the startup, its environment and finding opportunities to make your client company more successful.
You will identify key opportunities and develop a clear action plan to execute minimum viable products to prove the value of your suggestions.
You will spend five weeks executing your action plan and will achieve traction. We will add tangible value to your clients and learn while doing it.
Whether you want us to give a talk to your community, you want to offer our certificate or if you have any questions, reach out, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.