Paralect Accelerator Batch 1 — VISXA and Nudge are Live

We had a problem and like the best founders know — the best ideas are born by solving your own problem. What was ours? We knew there are founders out there that simply didn’t have the capital on hand to go all-in on product design and development with us.

But what they did have was a solid idea plus the experience and/or audience to bring it to market. So the Paralect Accelerator was born from this challenge.

Our Accelerator team plus the developer teams at Startup Summer could provide the discovery, design and engineering power to turn that founder’s idea into a full-on product.

I’m so happy and proud to be part of the birth of these 2 startups. On the 6th of June, we got 2 ideas from extremely ambitious founders with the fire in their eyes and in early October we delivered 2 fully-functional products which anyone can use anytime.” – Pavel Prata, Head of Paralect Accelerator

Now the two products — VISXA and Nudge — are live at the end of batch 1.

The Opportunity — VISXA

VISXA is a community-driven platform that matches travelers of all types — tourists, digital nomads, long-term immigrants — with professional partners who help them reach their destination faster.

The founder Mohamed Aboshanab knows the pain points of immigration. With years of experience as an immigration lawyer — he’s helped thousands of people reach their relocation goals.

But the process, pricing, and procedures are stuck in the past. He’s ready to scale travel solutions and bring transparency to the process with VISXA.

The Opportunity — Nudge

Nudge is also focused on movement and new opportunities, but in the professional sense. Nudge’s app is the place to give and receive advice and mentorship from qualified peers to help members make the best move that matches their career goals.

At the center of Nudge is the peer matching algorithm that connects members based on their career goals and experience. And the community flywheel is powered by a pay-it-forward approach — a place to give and get genuinely useful advice rather than thinly veiled sales pitches.

Founder Julie Landeroin brings years of HR and entrepreneurship experience together to form the idea and vision of what Nudge can become. Young alumni and seasoned professionals are both facing a clear shift in the working world.

Tech is always changing the way we work and the pandemic transformed where we can get the work done, so the time is right to change how and from whom we get career advice.

I wanted to build a product to help people follow their dreams — how do you find people who really have your best interest at heart and are qualified to help ? And I wanted people to give first, to get into that habit of giving before they ask for something." – Julie Landeroin, Founder of Nudge

The Teams

The Accelerator brought together talented teammates at different stages of experience. From the leaders and founders of Paralect to fresh Startup Summer students, together they took Nudge and VISXA from ideas to live products.

Each product team had:

  • Experienced business analysts to discover and define the product scope.
  • Designers to create the product website and app with Figma and Webflow.
  • Product architecture from CTO Igor Krasnik
  • Development team led by Startup Summer mentors
  • QA engineers to test each solution before launch
  • Marketing support to engage the target audience and early adopters

And that’s by no means comprehensive! The Accelerator and Startup Summer are truly company-wide initiatives for us — everyone involved played a role in launching these startups.

Here’s a snapshot of the journey VISXA took to launch.

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Generally, the results are great! We have achieved the main goal — to build both products and launch them to the market in 4 months. At the same time, I found a lot of improvements that we can make in the next batches.” – Pavel Prata

Building the Startup Accelerator in Public

Throughout the Accelerator, I had the chance to interview Mohamed and Julie to get their perspective on the progress towards the VISXA and Nudge product launches.

I've gone to talk with the partners and people who'd like to relocate to try to see how we can — when we build the MVP — actually help them. And I've discovered that the market is changing rapidly. When you design something, you should be flexible — you can pivot — and you have to keep learning." – Mohamed Abosbanab, VISXA founder

Each founder has a unique approach, network and target market for this early stage.

Now that they have their products launched, it’s exciting to see them reach their next goals whether it’s global or local incubators, new investors or an engaged user community.

We will continuously polish our process and cut out any excess tasks and be super-focused on the “early delivery-testing-feedback-improvements” iteration cycle. We’re going to pay special attention to our go-to-market strategy, work with communities and fundraising expertise to provide better value in the future.” – Pavel Prata

What’s Next?

For us, the Paralect Accelerator is one important unit of the larger Paralect Launch Ecosystem. Batch 2 is scheduled for early next year, so keep an eye on the site!

And of course, join the VISXA and Nudge communities to see how the products continue to evolve over time.

Pavel Prata will join me on the next episode of Ship it and Sip it to share more details from Batch 1 and tell everyone more about the Paralect Launch Ecosystem and all its parts.

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