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.
12 questions you should ask when considering an accelerator program