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Thank You 2022, and Welcome 2023! Openfor.co Wrap Up!

Updated: Dec 31, 2022

2022 has now come to an end, it is clear that 2022 has been a time of significant change and progress for Openfor.co. The journey has been truly remarkable, and we are grateful to have you along with us. Looking ahead, we are excited to announce that we have recently taken a major step towards achieving one of our key objectives: to support a greater number of startups in the coming years.


As we work towards our goals, we have been consistently striving to improve and grow in 2022. In order to bring us closer to our objectives, we have been actively engaged in a number of activities and initiatives. We would like to share our 2022 wrap up. 1. Experiencing significant momentum as Openfor.co

2. Partnering with Founder Institute Japan

3.Openfor.co Collaborator Community & Academy

4.Special thanks you our lovely team and our youth community

5.Looking Forward to 2023!



1. Experiencing significant momentum as Openfor.co

Getting traction is important for a startup because it helps to validate the viability of the business idea and build momentum. This year we are experiencing significant traction across many forms, such as:

  • Gaining more partnerships: This is probably the most important form of traction for us, as it demonstrates that direct economic outcome generated for both through our platform.

  • The number of inquiries: We are pleased to report that the number of inquiries we received this year has increased tenfold compared to the previous year. This significant increase in interest demonstrates the progress and momentum that our company has made in achieving our goals and establishing ourselves as a viable and successful business. We attribute this success to the hard work and dedication of our team, as well as the increasing demand for our products and services. We are confident that this trend will continue as we continue to strive for excellence and meet the needs of our partners.

  • Excessive visibility and a growing number of visits: We are pleased to report that our company has seen a significant increase in visibility on social media and web this year. We have received a thousand times more visits compared to the previous year, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, as well as the increasing demand for our platform offerings. We attribute this success to our efforts to establish ourselves as a trusted and reliable collaborator, as well as the quality and value that we offer to our members. We believe that this trend will continue as we continue to strive to meet the needs of our audience.

  • Partnerships and collaborations: If a startup is able to form partnerships or collaborations with other companies or organizations, it can help to increase its visibility and credibility.


New features and products shipped as Openfor.co this year

We are extremely excited to report that we have shipped a number of new products and features this year. This is a significant achievement for our company and reflects the hard work and dedication of our team. We believe that these new offerings will greatly benefit our customers and enhance the overall value of our product or service. We are committed to continuously improving and expanding our offerings in order to meet the evolving needs of our customers and stay at the forefront of our industry. We look forward to seeing the impact of these new products and features on our business and to continuing to provide our customers with the highest level of quality and value.

Feature 1: Marketplace with more than 100 companies who open for collaboration from all around the world.

At Openfor.co we make it easier to find and integrate the world's most open companies for collaborations and learn how to integrate their partner programs. Every company, entrepreneur, and even individual like freelancers can integrate them and increase earnings.

Feature 2: Easy partner program builder

Along with find and integrate, this is how you can build your own collaboration program easily in 10 minutes to take advantage of partnerships even more. You can invite your existing audience to build a collaborative audience as well.


As an SMB or startup, you might not be able to hire a partnership dev manager or get consulting support, but with our platform, it's now available for everyone!


Everything is designed to help you to break even (for enabling the upside) fast and easily to motivate you to take advantage of connecting and collaborating with other businesses!


Feature 3: Collab calls

This new feature lets you to Create, Publish, and Engage easily to your every collaboration needs. You can expand your collaborative competencies by finding potential partners from selling, marketing, supply, technology, investment, and co-founder to CSR purposes through this feature.


Feature 4: Personal partner program and collab call are on the way, Coming Soon!



Testimonies about Openfor.co

Some of our community members were kind enough to give us some testimonies. We would like to show our appreciation by mentioning this here as well. Here are the published ones, there are many of testimonies on the way!


1. Tetsutaro Tada

"I started collaborating with Openfor.co after I joined their "Connect & Collaborate" workshop. I’ve got an opportunity to learn how to partner with others both from a business and career perspective and also network with like minded people. I realize that being open for collaborations increases your network exposure and get to work together with your prospects.”


2. Hyunho Kim

"I have been using Openfor.co platform to define, search, and ideate potential collabs. It is easy to find various collaborations on their marketplace also. Partnering with them helped us to get more exposure and created more opportunities to engage in collaborations. If you want to generate more collaborations, Openfor.co is the way to go!"


3. Michelangiolo Mazzeschi

"Collaborating with openfor.co is one of the most beneficial ways to ideate, identify, ask, offer, and initiate meaningful and profitable collaborations. On their marketplace, it’s easy to browse any type of partnership to grow your business. You can get essential partnership development know-how, platform, and exposure in one place conveniently!"


4. Deniz Aygün Benba

"Joining Openfor.co’s “Collaborator Academy”, made me realize that partnerships are beneficial for companies of every size, even if you are an early-stage startup! Erdinc, Yuli, and their team have been proven to be helpful to identify which types of partnerships are needed for validation, traction, and market adoption. I’m looking forward to collaborating more!"


5. Yu Yamanaka

"After collaborating with Openfor.co, I got to know how to find, ask, offer, initiate, or maintain meaningful and profitable collaborations with other people and organizations. Now I’m already partnering with openfor.co and plenty of other collabs are lining up! It is highly recommended!"


 

2. Partnering with Founder Institute Japan

In order for us to support more startups, we have partnered with the Founder Institute, a renowned global pre-seed accelerator. This partnership represents a significant milestone for us, as it enables us to tap into the resources and expertise of one of the most respected organizations in the startup ecosystem.


Founder Institute is the largest pre-seed accelerator and world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses. Since 2009, our structured accelerator programs have helped over 6,000 entrepreneurs raise over $1.75BN in funding. We have 25,000+ mentors worldwide in 200+ cities and 95+ countries.


Our founders became the Co-Directors of FI

In addition to this partnership, we are pleased to announce that our founders, Erdinc Ekinci and Yu Li Shein, have been appointed as co-directors of the Japan chapter of the Founder Institute. This is a testament to their leadership and vision, and we are confident that they will excel in this new role. We look forward to working closely with the Founder Institute and building upon this partnership as we continue to support and nurture the growth of startups around the world."

More than 70 Mentors from Japan and global startup ecosystems joined us to help the next generation of entrepreneurs build great businesses in Japan.


More than 30 Japanese local ecosystem partners joined as well.

Founder Institute Japan '22 cohort kicked off and running on Oct 11th. The Founder Institute Japan '22 cohort has kicked off with over 20 Founders, representing very different nations, joining from 5 countries and an exciting array of industry and sector innovations out of around 100 applicants.


With founders from diverse backgrounds and industries, like Sport, Education, AR(3D), SNS, Real Estate, NLP, Fintech, E-commerce, HR, Travel, and many more innovative, change-making startups led by talented entrepreneurs. We're so excited to see the progress every single Founder in this cohort makes.

Since We kicked off the 2022 cohort, we have done 9 sessions.

  1. Vision Session

  2. Customer Development Session

  3. Revenue Session,

  4. Branding & Design session

  5. Mentor Idea Review session

  6. legal & IP session

  7. Go-to-Market session

  8. Product Development session

  9. Mentor Progress Review session

Here are some of the pictures of memories we took during the sessions. We started with 22 founders and currently, 9 founders are surviving. They all are one step closer to graduation. Cannot wait to know who is going to be until the final and graduate from the 22 cohort.


Applications for Founder Institute Japan virtual Summer 2023 cohort is open! We are really looking forward to the founders who will build global resilient startups. If you are interest to join, check out here https://fi.co/japan



FI & Openfor.co Events

Openfor.co hosted 8 FI Japan local events, co-promoted 12 FI global events, and hosted 9 openfor.co events/workshops and participated in 2 events of partners.

  • FI Japan Local Events



 

3. Openfor.co Collaborator Community & Academy

The Collaborator Community / Academy is a prosperous community of people and organizations who actively collaborate Learn how to connect and collaborate to build long-term partnerships to increase your earnings.


We have weekly workshops for free! Get a sense of our entire platform and the collaborator academy for free with this weekly online workshop. Spots are limited!


Discovering your collaborative competencies, Defining the target audience, Coming up with collab ideas, Designing an ask and offer, Learning how to reach and strike collabs, and making a small bite-sized collab with Openfor.co


Openfor.co Events Our event concept is... and we name our events as Connect & Collaborate events.

Under this name, we have 3 major events...

And we pair our events always with very engaging and fun speed networking sessions. We believe this is our special souse :)

- Workshops: Which has 3 versions, mini workshops (1 free), full workshops (2 hours and Paid), and exclusive workshops for teams or corporates (Minimum 3 hours and customizable and Paid)

- Pitch events: Pitch-your-Collab! Free to join pitch event concept for discovering new companies and collaboration opportunities worldwide. Pitching is exclusive to only our community members and workshop attendees, to become a member click here.

- Panel discussion with industry leaders: A panel discussion with partnership development industry leaders is an exciting opportunity to learn from some of the top experts in the field. These industry leaders will share their knowledge and experiences, providing valuable insights into the world of partnership development. Whether you are just starting out in this field or have been working in it for years, a panel discussion with partnership development industry leaders is sure to provide valuable information and inspiration. Whether you are looking to improve your own partnership development skills or just want to learn more about the industry, this is an event you won't want to miss.

List of Openfor.co Community Events


Workshops Monthly Stats In any given month and growing month to month 20 Countries Coverage 150 New Collaborators and partners 300 New Collab opportunities were identified. 750 Collab ideas Generated are joining the +3000 company network


4. Special thanks you our lovely team and our youth community

Huge credit and thanks to all our team members that are working diligently to make 2022 a wonderful year for Openfor.co. This surely has become a colorful journey for all of us!


In 2022 our fellowship was very thrilled to once again empower youths across the globe with many opportunities including Capsule Program, Internships, Training Development, and Career opportunity. Since we started our Fellowship, there are more than 142 youths that we are able to help during this uncertain time. We are really excited to see how Youths from all over the world are going to participate in the coming 2023! We are pretty sure that 2023 will definitely be a great year for Openfor.co and Fellowship.


Don’t forget to stay tuned to our fellowship social media to get the latest update on how we are giving opportunities to youths. Check out our Fellowship 2022 wrap-up blog!



 

Looking Forward to 2023!

Looking back, we are very thankful for everything that has happened in the last 2022 and we cannot wait to see what 2023 will bring us! And we hope all of you will always continue supporting and looking forward to our cause!


We are especially thankful for the support that came from our partners throughout the year and we are hoping that 2023 will bring us even more collaboration and synergy to our ongoing partnerships!


As a platform, we remain committed to constantly improving our product and service offerings, launching new projects, publishing more content, and hosting a wide range of events. We are dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our users and partners, and we look forward to continuing to grow and innovate in the coming months and years.


Here are our wishes for the upcoming 2023

We can't wait to see what 2023 has in store for us! While we know there will be challenges along the way, we're excited for all the fun and adventure that's sure to come. At Openfor.co, we believe that collaboration over competition, and we're always open to working with others to achieve great things.


As we say goodbye to 2022, we want to thank everyone who has been a part of our journey so far. We hope you've had an amazing year too! Let's embrace 2023 with a positive attitude and make it the best year yet!


Happy New Year! 🎊



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