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Startup Program

We Design It. You Pitch It. VCs Fund It.

Building a company is hard. Unless you’re an experienced founder, funding a company can feel downright impossible. Built specifically for entrepreneurs, the Startup Package will help you pitch your app to investors and maximize your chance of getting funded.

In 6 – 8 weeks, you’ll have:

  • Clearly defined user personas based on market research and actual user testing
  • Complete visual design and UX for your app
  • An interactive, demo-ready prototype to show off to investors
  • A polished, professional pitch deck
  • Everything you need to build an MVP, including detailed system architecture, development timeline, and cost estimate
  • The support of a team that believes in your product and vision

Why the Startup Package?

A Deep Understanding of Your Customers

Not only do you get a fantastic prototype. Our talented designers and UI experts will help you understand your users, validate your idea, and help you achieve product-market fit.

Help Pitching & Presenting

The Startup Package includes an interactive prototype that’s clickable and ready to pitch to investors, along with a complete pitch deck to help you sell your vision and an estimate for what it all costs to build.

Industry Experience

We’ll leverage our extensive knowledge and connections to teach you more about the world of startups and venture capital. Where relevant, we’ll even introduce you to advisors and VCs in our network!

The Startup Package Process

Research and Strategy

It all starts with understanding your users and their problems. We’ll work with you to understand your goals and define a minimum viable product. We’ll use tools such as the Value Proposition Canvas and the Business Model Canvas to bridge the gap between your product and your customer’s needs. Throughout the process, our experts will conduct a qualitative and competitive analysis, and market research to inform our strategy. During this phase, we will interview your audience to validate assumptions and design the right product.

Design

With an eye toward your intended customers and marketplace, the team will create branding, UI, and UX designs that are functional, attractive, and competitive.

Prototype

Part of the Startup Package includes a working prototype of your app. It will showcase the core customer journey and the problem that your app solves. Why tell potential investors your concept when you can show them?

Research and Strategy

Your startup’s pitch deck or investor presentation is key to your future success. We’ll create a branded template specifically for you to showcase your brilliant idea.

The Startup Package Phases

1. User Research and Testing

First, we’ll get clear on your goals, product idea, and target market. Then we’ll dive into user research, including tests with actual users in your target market, to define clear user personas and what they’d expect in a minimum viable product.

Phase 1 deliverables

  • Market research and user testing data
  • Clearly defined user personas
  • List of recommended MVP features

2. Design and Iterate

With an eye toward your intended customers and industry, we’ll identify your UX goals and requirements and create visual designs that are functional, attractive, and user-friendly. It’s a highly iterative process, and we’ll involve you at every step.

Phase 2 deliverables:

  • Wireframes and user flow
  • Customer Journeys
  • Complete visual design

3. Prototype

Once the design process is complete, we’ll create an interactive, clickable, and tappable mockup of your app that’s ready to demo to VCs. Why tell potential investors your concept when you can show them?

Phase 3 deliverables:

  • Polished comps and images for promotional use
  • Interactive, demo-ready mockup of your app

4. Presentation and Specs

Last but not least, you’ll get an impeccable pitch deck that shows off your vision and makes it easier to pitch your idea. We’ll also include a detailed system architecture and cost estimate, so you know exactly what it will take to build your app.

Phase 4 deliverables:

  • Professional pitch deck
  • Detailed system architecture
  • Cost estimate

FAQs

Have you helped companies secure funding?

Yes! We’ve had multiple companies work with us on the initial concept, secure funding for their app, and then return to us for development. We’ve even helped a company sell its application to Forbes Magazine. When that happens, it’s the best feeling in the world.

I found someone in India who can build me an entire app for $10K. Why should I work with you?

Getting funded is about more than having the technology. It’s about product-market fit. It’s about understanding your market and potential growth trajectory. It’s about learning how to sell your vision. We provide all of that and more.

What’s the typical timeframe?

Our turn-around for the Startup Package is typically 6-8 weeks, depending on the budget and time you have to invest.

What’s the price?

It depends, the Startup Program starts at $22,500 but can be up to $75,000. Our initial strategy session will determine exactly the best price point for you.

What if I want the app fully developed?

Vermillion Sky has a full team of developers to support your app from beginning to end. After your Startup Package is complete, we will provide a quote for full development.

I’ve already started. Is the Startup Package still right for me?

Absolutely! Wherever your project is currently on the timeline, we can help. We have worked with brands at all different stages of the startup process.

I’m nervous. Can you help with that?

Entrepreneurship can certainly be daunting. You don’t have to do it alone—we’ve got your back.

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