Tools

Tools to help you with the different stages of the accelerator process 

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Startup Accelerator Programs: A Practice Guide

Accelerator Program Design

This practice guide explains how accelerator programmes work and supports you to think practically about setting up your own programme.

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Deciding on a Name

Getting Ready for an Accelerator

What Should I Name My Startup?

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Power of Storytelling

The Accelerator Interview

TEDxEast - Nancy Duarte uncovers common structure of greatest communicators 11/11/2010

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Making A Great Verbal Elevator Pitch

The Accelerator Interview

Making a Great Verbal Elevator Pitch 60-90 Seconds Maximum

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Stickiness Factor

Accelerator Acceptance Criteria

You can only be successful if people are willing and able to be your customers. They must know about you, and be compelled to act.

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Investor Presentation Template

Accelerator Investor / Fundraising

Investor Pitch Template

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Branding & Marketing

Getting Ready for an Accelerator

Branding and Marketing Worksheet

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Porters Five Forces

Accelerator Acceptance Criteria

Five Forces Analysis assumes that there are five important forces that determine competitive power in a business situation.

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Spartina Internet Business Model Worksheet

Accelerator Acceptance Criteria

Spartina Internet Business Model Worksheet

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Example Successful Accelerator Application [DropBox]

Accelerator Application

See Dropbox's original Y Combinator accelerator application to get an idea about what is a winning application.

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Example Investor Term Sheets Templates

Accelerator Investors

Examples of Investor term sheets provided by Y Combinator accelerator, and used by all teams that participate in Y Combinator.

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What Makes a Good Business Idea

Getting Ready for an Accelerator

Business idea checklist: Rate this idea on each of the following criteria from 1-10. 1-3 is weak; 4-7 is fix-able; 8-10 is do-able. What could you do to make each area stronger?

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Start Co. Reading List

Getting Ready for an Accelerator

Reading List for Start Co. Entrepreneurs

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Things to Think About When Getting Started

Getting Ready for an Accelerator

Things to Think About

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Making a Great Written Elevator Pitch

The Accelerator Interview

Making A Great Written Elevator Pitch for Introductions

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Introduction to Investor Pitching

Accelerator Investor / Fundraising

Making A Great Written Elevator Pitch for Introductions

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Business Development 101

Customer Validation

Efficient Business Development strategies for startups are essential considering most all are undercapitalized even after seed and angel funding.

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Brand Strategy Canvas

Getting Ready for an Accelerator

The Brand Strategy Canvas

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Competitive Advantage Checklist

Accelerator Acceptance Criteria

The Competitive Advantage is the distinct competency of the business that is matched to its future market opportunity.

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Sample Financial Worksheet

The Accelerator Application

Sample Financial Worksheet

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Example Successful Accelerator Application[PayStack]

Accelerator Application

Paystack's entire Y Combinator Application complete with commentary and backstory.

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Example Successful Accelerator application [The Muses]

Accelerator Application

The Muse applied to Y Combinator in fall of 2011 and was accepted into the winter 2012 batch.

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11 Tough Questions for Founders

Getting Ready for an Accelerator

11 Tough Questions for Co-Founders to Answer Before Starting

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Types of Entrepreneurship

Getting Ready for an Accelerator

Entrepreneurial Ventures: What are the different types?

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The 4 Hypothesis of Customer Discovery

Customer Discovery

Customer Discovery Process

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Quick Tips for PR & Media

Getting Ready for an Accelerator

Entrepreneur’s Guide to PR and Media

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Download a PDF of the Business Model Canvas

Getting Ready for an Accelerator

The Business Model Canvas

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Mitigating Risk

Accelerator Acceptance Criteria

The Startup Entrepreneur's Guide To Risk Management

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Guide to Creating a Competitive Analysis

Accelerator Acceptance Criteria

Guide to Creating a Competitive Analysis

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Spartina Internet Business Model Instructions

The Accelerator Application

Spartina
 Internet
 Business 
Model:
Manage
 Cash, 
Increase 
Revenue ,
 Grow
Profit

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Sales Cycle

Customer Validation

Founder’s Toolkit Instruction

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Example Sales Agreement Template

Accelerator Curriculum

The sales template here is specially tailored for software-as-a-service (SaaS) startups .

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Accelerator Interview Practice questions

Accelerator Interview

A virtual interview accelerator complete with timers and advice