Lesa Mitchell joins The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars to help startups disrupt legacy enterprises

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The Heritage Group (THG) and Techstars are working together to help entrepreneurs and startups disrupt these legacy industries through The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars located in Indianapolis. THG is eager to merge its long history of innovation in the industries it serves with today’s innovators and is eager to mentor early-stage companies through the accelerator. Does The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars sound like a good fit for your company?

14 Funders Praise, and Critique, Newest Innovation Accelerator Graduates

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Last week 14 executives from foundations, granting organizations, angel investor groups, venture funds, and loan funds judged the final presentations of Innovation Accelerator’s third cohort. “ We talk to thousands of nonprofits every year and very, very few are able innovate the way you have over the past six months. ” ” — Graduation judge.

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New Funders Volunteering To Help Innovation Accelerator Students

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Central to making it work are the fantastic funders, both nonprofit and for profit, who volunteer their time to coach the entrepreneurs at these events. Today we are delighted to announce some of our newest funders to volunteer! Our students get multiple chances to stand in front of the very people who can offer funding for their innovative, revenue-generating pilot programs at our Shark Tank events.

How VCs, Accelerators, and Coworking Spaces Put Communities in Buildings vs. Buildings in Communities

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Ideas get poorly vetted because the funders aren't current on tech trends. Techstars and other accelerators have also become major network hubs in the NYC ecosystem, bringing investors together from all across the country. I'll bet you don't know where the Center of NY's Tech Community and Center of Creativity is. Give up? It's in the Financial District--right at 55 Broad Street. It says so right on their website.

Innovation Accelerator's 4th Cohort Graduates!

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On May 6th, 2019 Innovation Accelerator, the program that transforms nonprofit leaders’ thinking by bringing a culture of innovation into their organizations, graduated its fourth cohort. The event, held at TechSpring in Springfield, hosted three graduating Innovation Accelerator teams. With numerous funders, business and foundation executives all in attendance, they supported, learned, and provided a pathway to potential funding for initiatives realized during the six-month class.

Foundation Executives Praising Newest Graduates of Innovation Accelerator

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These are just a few of the comments made by executives from national foundations to the students at the graduation of Innovation Accelerator's Winter cohort. The Innovation Accelerator is designed to help nonprofits make the most of their limited resources, turning minimal funding into maximum impact (which in turn secures more funding). "How did you go this far in such a short time?" "I I see a lot of presentations. Few are as engaging and informative as these.

Startup Pitching 301

Paul G. Silva

Entrepreneurs tend to explain to funders how they will spend money. Innovation Accelerator Startup Pitching SeriesThis is the 3rd post in the “Startup Pitching” series. In this post we’ll go over advanced-level (301) techniques. The one (maybe two) number rule.

Accelerators and economic development: is there a fit?

Carol Lauffer

When designing an accelerator, economic developers face the question: Should access be strictly limited to entrepreneurs residing within our community or region, or be open to anyone regardless of his or her geographic location? What is the accelerator’s target market or geographic reach? If you plan to create an accelerator that is sector (industry vertical) focused, most likely applicants could be located anywhere in the U.S.

Innovation Accelerator Trains Mature Nonprofit Organizations with the help of the Beveridge Foundation

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Innovation Accelerator – Innovation. Innovation Accelerator teaches organizations to apply the scientific method to innovation so they can rapidly come up with new ideas, break them into testable hypotheses, and then go out to gather conclusive evidence. Step three is Funder Ready, where teams get support from mentors to build a business model around ideas, design a pilot product, then prepare a pitch to funders. Revenue.

Clearing a Path Toward Equity Through Entrepreneurship

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New Kensington, Pennsylvania had begun to attract interest from funders as a candidate for several revitalization projects. The Corner runs a program called Launchbox, a small business accelerator. CASE STUDY. Forward Cities + The Corner. New Kensington, Pennsylvania.

Virtual Town Hall: The State of Black Entrepreneurship

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– Formalized collaboration between funders, founders and ecosystem builders. – Consensus amongst funders and ecosystem builders as to what structural changes must take place for New Majority entrepreneurs to survive and thrive.

Clearing a Path Toward Equity Through Entrepreneurship

CO.STARTERS

New Kensington, Pennsylvania had begun to attract interest from funders as a candidate for several revitalization projects. The Corner runs a program called Launchbox, a small business accelerator. CASE STUDY. Forward Cities + The Corner. New Kensington, Pennsylvania.

Black Innovation Alliance, Village Capital team up to support founders of color

TechCrunch

Resource aims to give local accelerators and incubators support in the form of training and community. Resource’s “ESO Accelerator” will train startup ecosystem leaders on how to build a more financially sustainable organization, as well as help connect them to potential funders.

Calling Bold Nonprofit Leaders

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Then I'd like to invite you to participate in the next Innovation Accelerator. Leaders develop new revenue-generating ideas, build business models, gather evidence proving their assumptions, are guided by funders along the way, and at graduation pitch to a panel of funders who want to fund pilot initiatives. Join us for part 1 of the Accelerator, the IdeaJam. You can learn more about the Innovation Accelerator here. Innovation AcceleratorIf you.

Just Roots wins grant to innovate how we increase access to healthy, local food

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We are thrilled to announce Just Roots won a grant to be one of the nonprofits participating in our Sprig Innovation Accelerator Cohort. Members of the cohort will work together to turn their ideas into actionable plans for pilot programs and develop relationships with potential funders.

Innovation Grant won by Western Massachusetts Training Consortium

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Kelly and I are delighted to announce that they’ve won a grant to be one of the nonprofits participating in our Fall Innovation Accelerator Cohort. Members of the cohort will work together to turn their ideas into actionable plans for pilot programs and develop relationships with potential funders. Check out our website for more details on our funders The best teachers never stop learning, they always seek how to teach better and reach more students.

Living Local wins grant to innovate how we connect to one another

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Kelly and I are thrilled to announce Living Local won a grant to be one of the nonprofits participating in our Fall Innovation Accelerator Cohort. Members of the cohort will work together to turn their ideas into actionable plans for pilot programs and develop relationships with potential funders. Looking for help to turn those ideas into something you can execute and funders can get behind? Check out our website for more details on our funders

"Money is Local, Impact is Global" for Angel Investing

Onevest

Studies show that over 80% of funding at Angel groups and Series A VCs goes to businesses in the same city/region as the funders. The diversity of socially conscious entrepreneurs seeking assistance can be seen in this map of applications to Fledge , the conscious company accelerator. By Michael "Luni" Libes In the traditional world of early stage, Angel and VC investing, money is local.

Thriving Companies Listen and Adapt

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I had a great conversation with Troy Vosseller from gener8tor to hear how their accelerator programs and funders are staying relevant in this season. In total, we are a little over 500 startups that we’ve worked with through our various accelerator programs.

Student Startup Nominations Open for 2019 LaunchPad Propel

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Student ventures should be in the early stage phase, with at least some development of their idea, including an elevator pitch and funder deck, and should also have received some coaching or services from their institution’s LaunchPad program. Accelerators Blackstone Blackstone LaunchPad Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars LaunchPad LaunchPad PropelLaunchPad Campuses Submit Up to Four Teams for 3rd Annual Program by September 20th.

Helping entrepreneurs to commercialize technology

Carol Lauffer

Accelerators and incubators can be very effective at helping entrepreneurs to commercialize technology. Accelerators and incubators are a natural fit for this process. Mentors and staff coach the entrepreneurs through the process, and make introductions to funders, legal, and other resources, as needed. On the other hand, accelerator programs for technology businesses utilize a cohort process to help clients to move their products to market.

Frustrations and Challenges of Ecosystem Builders

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In an ecosystem, there should be multiple entrepreneurial support organizations, coworking spaces, incubators/accelerators, investors, etc.communicating about the resources they have to support entrepreneurs. Dealing with resistive funders, however, is our biggest challenge.

Wahoo! ServiceNet wins grant to develop new, unrestricted revenue stream

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Kelly and I are thrilled to announce ServiceNet won a grant to be one of the nonprofits participating in our Fall Innovation Accelerator Cohort. Members of the cohort will work together to turn their ideas into actionable plans for pilot programs and develop relationships with potential funders. Check out our website for more details on our funders ServiceNet is one of our region’s largest and longest-lived nonprofits. Are they resting on their laurels? Heck no!

12 ‘flexible VCs’ who operate where equity meets revenue share

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Jonathan Bragdon , its CEO, describes Capacity as “a team of founders-turned-funders making non-dilutive, founder-aligned investments of $50,000-$300,000 in post-startup, post-revenue businesses planning to 2x revenues in 12-24 months. David Teten. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

Practical Metrics and Methods: ESHIP Goal 5 – Part 1

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I asked them to treat me like a funder. So, we are planning to deploy it inside of schools across Western Iowa to find highly talented individual entrepreneurs and accelerate their growth to help propel CB onward.” – Tom Chapman.

Professional development for tomorrow’s ecosystem builders

Ecosystem Builder Hub

I’d like to understand how to build effective multi-year plans that inspire and engage both funders of my own organization (and/or myself!) Because we are raising a fund, in addition to running our accelerator and a bootcamp series, I continue to struggle to find the appropriate amount of time to give each person or task that needs my attention.

The Glue that Makes a Community Stick

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Are there up and coming investors that you should be introducing to endowments and institutions now so that when they want to start the first VC fund or accelerator in X place, they know where to get funding? These folks could become clients, funders, or good places to connect and work over the long term. The other day, I was out at MCU Park in Coney Island, where the Brooklyn Cyclones play. I was chatting with the GM of the team up on the party deck.

When is the right time and how should you fund your Venture?

Innovation 2 Enterprise

When you feel confident that your solution is ready and your customer target is clear, that is the moment to leverage outside capital to accelerate your business beyond bootstrapping. Ventures must align the risk appetite of prospective funders with their own venture’s stage.

Free money for your impact tech startup

David Teten - VC

They will also be offered the opportunity to join a customized 6-month Google Developers Launchpad Accelerator program, including guidance from our nonprofit partner, DataKind, to jumpstart their work. Google for Startups Accelerator. Geared toward social impact startups working to create a healthier and more sustainable future, the accelerator provides access to training, products and technical support. See Conveners Impact Accelerator Selection Tool.

Holberton raises $20M as it pivots to become an edtech SaaS company

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” Clearly, that’s how Holberton’s funders feel about this, too. “Raising funds is helping us support and accelerate our vision of creating this ‘OS of education.’

8 investors, founders and execs predict cybersecurity, fintech will take Belfast by storm

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Ignite NI emerged as an important native incubator and accelerator. Chris McClelland, MD of Ignite NI: He’s a mentor on the city’s top accelerator program. Ignite NI is driving the startup scene via Propel (Pre-Accelerator) and the Accelerator — doing an amazing job.

10 investors predict MaaS, on-demand delivery and EVs will dominate mobility’s post-pandemic future

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However, for capital intensive transportation companies, the rounds have gotten so huge and expensive that they often make little sense for early-stage funders to participate in (they get diluted down hugely). This may not accelerate “innovation,” but it will accelerate progress.

Presbyterian Health Foundation awards $4.6 million in new research grants

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A major funder of research programs at the Oklahoma Health Center, PHF has awarded more than $25 million to support biomedical research in Oklahoma since 2014. Contact: April Stuart. 405) 319-8260. astuart@phfokc.com. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

Access is critical for women entrepreneurs

Carol Lauffer

Before an entrepreneur can contact a prospective funder, she must have a strong business model, knowledge of the capital raising process, and a solid pitch. Accelerators and incubators provide a proven process for coaching entrepreneurs through business model generation, market research, product development, and funding. Does your community have an accelerator or incubator program that either directs its efforts at women entrepreneurs?

Flexible VCs With Structures Between Equity and Revenue-Based Investing

David Teten - VC

Jonathan Bragdon , CEO, describes Capacity as “a team of founders-turned-funders making non-dilutive, founder-aligned investments of $50-$300k in post-startup, post-revenue businesses planning to 2X revenues in 12-24 months. —– UP Fund is a rolling venture fund launched in Q4 2020, and part of global SaaS accelerator Upekkha, based in India. In 3 years since founding the Accelerator, we have worked with 61 startups.

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Flexible VCs With Structures Between Equity and Revenue-Based Investing

David Teten - VC

Jonathan Bragdon , CEO, describes Capacity as “a team of founders-turned-funders making non-dilutive, founder-aligned investments of $50-$300k in post-startup, post-revenue businesses planning to 2X revenues in 12-24 months. —– UP Fund is a rolling venture fund launched in Q4 2020, and part of global SaaS accelerator Upekkha, based in India. In 3 years since founding the Accelerator, we have worked with 61 startups.

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Free money for your impact tech startup

David Teten - VC

They will also be offered the opportunity to join a customized 6-month Google Developers Launchpad Accelerator program, including guidance from our nonprofit partner, DataKind, to jumpstart their work. Google for Startups Accelerator. Geared toward social impact startups working to create a healthier and more sustainable future, the accelerator provides access to training, products and technical support. Peacetech Accelerator. Techstars Impact Accelerator.