Here's why you should be thinking about doing an accelerator program
Brad Feld, Co-founder, Techstars
"The accelerator experience is a process of intense, rapid, and immersive education aimed at accelerating the life cycle of young innovative companies, compressing years’ worth of learning-by-doing into just a few months".
"We've been publishing the TechStars data fully since the beginning on TechStars.com. For every single company, you can see if it's a failure, success, how much they raised. Entrepreneurs deserve that sort of transparency from accelerators, and it's not hard to do"
What Startup Accelerators Really Do [Harvard Business Review]
The well-advertised boom in startups and venture capital in recent years has coincided with the emergence of new players in startup ecosystems. One of these, startup accelerators, has received a great deal of attention but also little scrutiny. Moreover, they are commonly misunderstood or mistakenly lumped in with other institutions supporting early-stage startups, such as
5 Reasons Why Your Startup Should Join An Accelerator [Forbes]
"To be, or not to be" a startup accelerator alumni. This is a question that often co-founders end up discussing, during the early days of the startup journey. There are some co-founders who believe that the founding team is too good to be baby sited by mentors at an accelerator
Why Startup Accelerators Can Be A Catalyst For Business Success [Forbes]
As the name suggests, a startup accelerator can help fledgling businesses reach the next stage of their growth quickly.
It is a crowded marketplace where program quality and offerings vary enormously. Nevertheless, by providing founders with advice, mentoring, resources, and access to the startup investor community, the best accelerators
Four Ways To Keep Your Expectations In Check When Joining A Startup Accelerator [Forbes]
Many startup founders with whom I’ve worked believe that getting into an accelerator is like achieving the startup dream. They believe that it will provide them with all the resources they need to get where they want to go. However, this isn’t always the case.
How Accelerators Can Help Startups Conquer Business Challenges [Entrepeneur]
Having a brilliant idea is not enough to make a business successful. You need to have a complete, skilled and experienced team supporting your venture from the very beginning. However, most new entrepreneurs benefit from being mentored by an industry-seasoned guru who can help bypass roadblocks that the entrepreneurs may
What An Accelerator Taught Me That I Could Not Have Learned at Google [Entrepeneur]
Recent debate has centered around the concrete value that accelerators offer, and how to know if an accelerator is right for your startup. While seasoned entrepreneurs who have one or two startups in their pocket may not go the accelerator route, many will come from large corporate environments and seek
Every Startup Gains From An Incubator Or Accelerator [Entrepeneur]
A question I often get as an adviser is whether or not to join a business incubator or accelerator as a way to move forward faster and smarter and increase the odds of business success. The simple answer is always yes, but like any other resource, finding the right one.
How Accelerators Help Start-ups Get Funding [Entrepeneur]
Business accelerator programs offer start-ups low cost space, business services, talented employees, and contacts who can help find customers and partners in exchange for a small stake.
Unlike business incubators, business accelerators are highly selective. But like anything worth having, getting your start-up accepted by the best accelerators
Accelerators as authentic training experiences for nascent entrepreneurs
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to address the role of accelerators as authentic learning-based entrepreneurial training programs. Accelerators facilitate the development and assessment of entrepreneurial competencies in nascent entrepreneurs through the process of creating a start-up venture.
Seed accelerators and the speed of new venture creation
Technology startups need to launch, simultaneously and quickly, innovative products (or services) and organizations, but some are able to launch more quickly than others. This paper explores how some ventures start up very quickly, and the mechanisms by which accelerator programs assist nascent technology ventures to minimize startup time. Through four in-depth case studies
Do Accelerators Accelerate? A Study of Venture Accelerators as a Path to Success?
A fundamental challenge for new ventures is overcoming liabilities of newness - particularly, lack of business knowledge and lack of social embeddedness. Accelerators, intense, time- compressed entrepreneurial programs, attempt to alleviate these liabilities and accelerate venture development by facilitating learning and network development in new ventures
Ayudarum: an Austrian crowdsourcing company in the Startup Chile accelerator program
The founders of Ayudarum, an Austrian crowdsourcing company that is focused on connecting students with potential employers, joined the Chilean Startup accelerator ‘Startup Chile’ to help their young company expand outside its European roots. Startup Chile had provided Ayudarum with a mentor to help them understand how to grow Ayudarum’s number of users.