How To Start A Startup Accelerator
Accelerators are complicated.
And the search for how to start or maintain an effective startup accelerator involves a minefield of opinions, egos and confusing data.
The truth is, most accelerators are struggling!
Struggling with how to select teams.
Struggling to track or prove their impact.
Struggling to engage mentors who provide actionable guidance.
And struggling to track whether the accelerator itself is successful as a business.
But good, bad, helpful or destructive, each accelerator has strengths, weaknesses and a context to contend with.
And as long as there is something to work with, there is something to improve upon.
We’ve spent the past 10 years pulling apart accelerators, incubators, entrepreneurship training programs, workshop methods and business methodologies; all in an effort to understand what does work, every time.
Oh yeah, and we’ve been testing it.
In the past 12 months alone we’ve implemented global entrepreneurship programs for Google and YUNUS Social Business, and industry specific accelerators like Germany’s premier InsurTech program hosted by Werk1, Munich.
We’ve worked with 100s of teams across the globe, beating back risk and driving towards growth with a system of process-driven mentor models, actionable training methodologies, and lean tools for teams.
And there’s a reason we’re so invested in seeing these methods work:
Over the past decade our directors have founded or helped build 9 separate companies, in 5 different countries, using what we’ve learned, with ever increasing success.
We’ve dedicated 10 years to understanding why entrepreneurs fail, and how to drive them towards a revolutionary future.
And now we provide this knowledge through Growth Mechanics.
So you want to know how to start a startup accelerator?
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