Grinning through Graduation

Updated: 5 days ago

With a 4.30am start, I was barely awake as the coffee wafted through my kitchen. If you have ever worked in a startup then you will be familiar with the question of whether it is very early morning or very late at night. The coffee aroma sparks the neurons and I have 20 mins to spare to get Zoom ready for a graduation with a difference.


Today, Wych and I graduate from Newchip's Global Pre-Seed Stage Accelerator Program which has set us up for future success.


Even though I was a little bleary eyed, and in desperate need of a coffee refill, I was extremely proud of the accomplishment. The NewChip curriculum calls it an executive MBA condensed into a 6 month program and I made it, we made it.


I completed the course virtually, and I found it was a good mix of interactive learning, one on one sessions and individual assignments. I found the mentor relationship extremely beneficial as I had fortnightly, one-on-ones with an experienced entrepreneur. To say I milked every second out of those chats is an understatement.


There was a moment of doubt when I didn't think i could do it, or to put it better, I didn't think Wych was ready but NewChip held a monthly mastermind session which put me in the right headspace, and connected me to other founders experiencing similar pressures and challenges, I didn’t feel alone in the journey.



I often find myself thinking that life is what you make it, cheesy i know, but it’s exactly how I responded to this program. Once I overcame my initial hesitations I jumped in to absorb and learn everything I could. If the opportunity to get in front of investors were to present itself, I was equipped with the tools I needed to have those conversations. During the 6 month period, I was able to connect with over 600 investors.


So as I sit here with my cohort from around the globe, feeling proud of the accolade and knowing Wych has progressed further and faster than I previously knew how, I am smiling from ear to ear.


By Dermot Butterfield, CEO Wych


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