SWG x Pagoda: Announcing MetaBUILD’s Pre-accelerator Program

Maria Yarotska
Hackathon Coordinator, NEAR.

November 17, 2022

Today we are excited to share our partnership with Startup Wise Guys - Europe’s biggest startup accelerator, having empowered over 350 projects across the world!

Together with SWG, we are going to bring up to 30 projects into an 8-week pre-acceleration program to grow these new teams and prepare them to launch their first product iteration to market! These projects will be winning projects from the MetaBUILD III hackathon, as well as winners from previous hackathons and other past events! We'll open up an application form for this extended applications in January, so stay tuned.

The goal? To bring great new products to life in Web3 - and thus, after the hack, we’re preparing all projects to join accelerators, make their first raise, and launch to market. MetaBUILD is evolving this year with a new format. Hackathons bring quick wins and proof of concepts to the world, but this time MetaBUILD is not just about kicking a new concept off, but building it into a fully-fledged project, with the help of this post-hackathon program.


SWG’s Pre-acceleration Program for MetaBUILD.

Let’s go over the program! For this occasion, we’ll be running an 8-week program with SWG, covering everything from finding your project’s mission, to setting up team structure, finance, and communication programs for your brand.

Each week covers a specific topic, and has both recorded, live events and exercises for the projects to take on! 

All teams will progress to fledging out their new project’s company setup, brand, and prepare to launch to market. Throughout the program, SWG and Pagoda will aid projects with 1-1 mentorships (invited from the ecosystem and from SWG’s network), pitch training and drills, Q&As, and a folder of ready-to-use learning materials.

Week 1: Onboarding Session

Onboarding of all projects into the program, and setting expectations for all upcoming weeks and events.

Week 2: Setting Goals & KPIs

Structuring each project’s journey. How to find a mission and vision for your project long term.

Week 3: Problem Definition & Pitching

Crafting your project’s pitch and problem-to-be-solved to define your selling points.

Week 4: Product Development & Effective Planning

Planning the product’s development, and identifying key differentiators to give it unique aspects in the market.

Week 5: Focus and Execution

Crisis-handling in companies, and pace. How to maintain your team’s rhythm.

Week 6: Sales & Team Management Basics

Sales, marketing, and branding for early startups and projects. How to define your vector for gaining traction in the world.

Week 7: Company Communications, Finances, Fundraising

Company communications and finance preparations. How to define your key metrics of success, and prepare a structure to present to investors, as well as how to seek and select the right ones.

Week 8: Legal Basics

How to register your business, understanding your basic legal structure and needs to get started as a company - and going over any regulatory requirements like GDPR, and Intellectual Property, as well as minimizing legal needs.

Week 9: Graduation & Pitches!

Final day! Graduated projects who completed the program will present their project’s revamped pitches and go out to the world.


Come Hack, and Build On!

We can’t wait to see the new exciting projects that are born from MetaBUILD and this new partnership with SWG this year. 

With only one week left to participate in the hackathon, and +2000 participants and +600 projects in the works, we’re confident that dozens of new projects will come into Web3 and NEAR - ready to shock the ecosystem with new ideas.

We’ll be sharing all progress along the way- as we finalize the submission phase of MetaBUILD and move onto judging, so stay tuned and follow all updates on Twitter!

Meet the first-ever

Web3 Startup


All the tools you need to build, launch, and grow your Web3 startup.