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Figuring out the best way to fund your company is always an interesting issue. Do you self-fund? Do you woo investors into backing your concept? Do you hit up your parents and ask them to put their retirement on the line? There are pros and cons to each and every option.
Suffice to say, it is important to make your application stand out. Here are the things we are looking for in applications for the next Techstars NYC class that most likely apply to any accelerator.
Not all gender and age inequities are due to overt discrimination, however, I’m also constantly appalled at how often discrimination against women, and more mature business participants, is still taking place. Maura McAdam give a UK perspective on this issue for The Conversation.com.
The Anderson Venture Accelerator, which launched Jan. 25, will become an integral part of UCLA’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, creating a communal space for the university’s numerous schools — professional and undergraduate —to come together and develop world-changing ideas.
Edu startups have a different set of problems that many other startup varieties. LearnLaunch is a specialty accelerator in the Boston area that is focusing on just the edu marketplace.
Getting accepted to an accelerator isn’t a cakewalk: F6S, a website through which founders can apply to more than 1,500 accelerators, found that less than 4 percent of start-ups that applied to accelerators in the U.S. were admitted.
Slama and Family Farmed launched the Good Food Business Accelerator (GFBA), the country’s first incubator specifically for businesses that support this movement, whether it’s a food safety startup, an organic food brand, or a farm.
Even if you work every day in the world of new-venture funding, as I do, the options are confusing, and their meanings seem to change on a regular basis. I challenge any entrepreneur, for example, to define the difference between “seed-stage” and “early-stage” financing.
Who Makes it onto the List of the Top 20 Seed Accelerator Programs?
It might not be who you think….
Accelerators provide seed investment, mentorship, and the connections necessary for success. By the end of the program, companies that go through our accelerator for instance have found more value in the experience than the $50,000 we invested in them.
An accelerator program is like a boot camp for early-stage ventures. They usually last anywhere from three to six months to help accelerate a startup…
Just as the CEO is the investor’s interface to a business, the application process and form is your interface into top accelerators like Techstars and Y Combinator. The best programs are super-selective–less than 1% of applicants get in, making them pickier than Harvard, Stanford and MIT.
As young entrepreneurs in Los Angeles’ tech community continue to grab headlines with their multimillion-dollar companies, universities in Southern California are creating programs that cater to the new American Dream: launch a startup, disrupt an industry, change the world.
If you’re in decent financial shape with no debt or very little beyond a mortgage, you have myriad options for funding your startup.
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In a new series from This Week in Startups, Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis tackles some of the questions about raising capital for startups.
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Here are 10 essential questions to ask when shopping for and applying to a startup accelerator…
PCH International is not all that well known in the Bay Area. That could be about to change as this China-centric company opens a new base in San Francisco’s trendy design district to help startups go from product concept to production and delivery.
The one thing that differentiates TechStars is the mentorship network.
Should you take your startup through an accelerator?
Zynga will pony up $1 million for the accelerator’s first year and provide mentorship with employees, including sharing insights on design, marketing and distribution.
After that first Startup Weekend OC at Chapman University and three months of crazy work that landed us a place at the K5 Accelerator, amazing things ended up tying together….
In this WSJ live interview, Eric van der Kleij, head of technology accelerator Level39, explains where the opportunities exist in the financial sector.
Applying for an accelerator program is a major decision for any company in its early years. What are some of the pros and cons?
Vicky Brock’s company, Clear Returns, which enables online retailers to boost profitability by reducing return rates, was a winner at IBM’s Smartcamp, part of the IT giant’s Global Entrepreneur Programme. Here she shares her top ten takeaways…
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