The Accelerator Application

Examples, resources and insights to help you with your application

Example Successful Accelerator Application [DropBox]

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

Example Successful Accelerator Application[PayStack]

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

Example Successful Accelerator application [The Muses]

The Muse applied to Y Combinator in fall of 2011 and was accepted into the winter 2012 batch. In the spirit of sharing what worked for us, we are publishing our application to encourage more women and non-traditional candidates to apply.

How to Apply to Y Combinator [Y Combinator]

Twice a year Y Combinator takes applications for funding. I thought it might help applicants if I explained what we look for when we read them. 
Probably the biggest thing people don’t understand about the process is the importance of expressing yourself clearly. 

10 Startup Accelerators Based On Successful Exits [Forbes]

Staff from accelerator programs take into consideration many common themes when reviewing applications, such as addressing a large market, having a bold and crazy idea, showing some form of traction or signs that the company will be able to hit a milestone while in the program

Want To Get Into A Top Startup Accelerator? Try These 3 Strategies [Forbes]

Prestigious startup accelerators like Techstars and Y Combinator (YC) have a lower acceptance rate (only 1-2%) than Harvard (5%). Top accelerators give entrepreneurs the opportunity to rapidly scale their companies over an intensive three-month program by providing access to mentors, investors, advisors and a network of other founders.

Read this Before Applying to an Accelerator [Founder Institute]

Getting accepted into a seed-accelerator like Y Combinator or Techstars is a major step forward for any startup. In fact, getting into any accelerator is beneficial for a startup. But how does a founder get their company into an accelerator, and when is the right time to apply? While it is entirely possible for any startup to get accepted into an accelerator, there are numerous factors that need to be thought about before a founder

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