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Why Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Is Essential for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Mentorship is one of the best gifts. Louis, I helped found UMSL Accelerate , an entrepreneurship certificate program that’s organized and taught by practicing entrepreneurs, and grounded in the principle of experiential learning.

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The Continued Importance of Accelerators

GAN

Accelerators have been around for almost fifteen years now. The reason for that success is, in many ways, due to what accelerators offer every startup that works with them: A Community of startup peers to grow your company alongside. Coaching from both the accelerator managers and guest mentors. Every startup needs a group of peers they can call on, cash to keep going, and mentorship to help guide them through strategic questions at any given time.

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Four Questions Founders Should Ask Before Joining an Accelerator

GAN

Every year, some 30,000+ startups vie for just 1,300 spots at GAN Accelerators. Success rates for startups after they graduate from a GAN Accelerator are pretty impressive, too—more than 80% continue to be in business today. Mentorship, especially around leadership.

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Membership, mentorship or just messy

TechCrunch

Next up was a YC credit union DAO that is collecting money from graduates of the accelerator to invest in crypto startups. Hello and welcome back to Equity , a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

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Inside the EO Accelerator Program

Entrepreneurs' Organization

We had a chance to speak with cryptocurrency investor Philippe Theunissen (PT) and brand consultant Qin Guo (QG) in Shanghai, and here’s what they had to say about their experiences as EO Accelerator participants. EO: HOW DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THE EO ACCELERATOR PROGRAM?

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What Future for Accelerators?

Both Sides of the Table

Accelerators have had quite a good run the past 5+ years. Not just Y Combinator and TechStars but a host of other accelerators across the country. There were a lot of requests for us to turn our mentorship program into a physical accelerator with a fund, office space and full-time staff. By this time many accelerators were being created nationally and a few were getting off the grounds in LA, too. None of us was convinced the market really needed 5 accelerators.

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Why experience sharing is key to entrepreneurial growth

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Robert Glazer , the founder and chairman of the board of Acceleration Partners , a global partner marketing agency and the recipient of numerous industry and company culture awards.

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What Accelerators Look Like in 2019

GAN

Each year, GAN asks the accelerators in our community hundreds of questions on their programs with one goal in mind—to gather concrete insights into the state of the accelerator industry as it stands in any particular year. Responses from our yearly survey culminate in a giant data report available to any accelerator from the community that provided us with their data. Applying to Accelerators in 2019. On average, accelerators receive 594 applications for just 9.6

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6 reasons why you shouldn’t join an accelerator

TechCrunch

Each time, I’ve been telling founders why they should join an accelerator. Now, I am changing things up and going to lay out six reasons you shouldn’t join an accelerator. Accelerators usually take more (equity), because they provide more than just money. Saba Karim.

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Accelerate Your Growth With This Top EO Program

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Meet Hana Laurenzo—one of the many entrepreneurs who discovered a wealth of learning and possibility in the EO Accelerator program. The right time came in 2016 when Accelerator launched at EO Forth Worth. Hana reached her goal and graduated from the Accelerator program in April 2016.

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What Accelerators Look Like in 2021

GAN

Each year, GAN asks the accelerators in our community hundreds of questions about their programs with one goal in mind—to gather concrete insights on the current state of the accelerator industry. Responses from our annual survey culminate in a giant data report that we make available to any accelerator within the community that provided us with their data. Applying to Accelerators in 2021. On average, accelerators receive 576 applications for just 11.2

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Creating Better VCs: An Accelerator for the Dark Side

This is going to be BIG.

There are a few programs out there like Kaufmann and InSite that get you exposure to the VC world through mentorship, but you join those programs and go work for other people. What I''m talking about is how to get mentorship to launch and run my own fund. These days, there are a ton of options for you if you''re a startup seeking guidence.

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Drowning in trash: Google opens applications for circular-economy accelerator

TechCrunch

Google is spinning up a new, online-only startup accelerator centered around the elusive circular economy. Applications for the accelerator opened today, October 3, and will close on November 14 ahead of a February 2023 start.

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Ocean Solutions Accelerator doubles down on blue economy with new track for later-stage companies

TechCrunch

The planet-loving folks at the Sustainable Ocean Alliance started an accelerator a couple years back focusing on very early stage companies, but this year they’re expanding the program to accept those who have already closed their first round. In the Accelerator over the Sea.

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Snap debuts its fifth cohort of Yellow accelerator startups

TechCrunch

Snap’s in-house Yellow accelerator program, which invests in startups, has debuted its fifth batch of investments. The company invests $150,000 in each Yellow startup for an equity stake as part of the accelerator program, which first launched in 2018.

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Adidas Cultivate & B.L.O.O.M. program elevates Black and Latinx social entrepreneurs to accelerate their growth and impact

Impact Hub

Building Legacies Out of Movements), an accelerator program for social entrepreneurs of color. designed to equip entrepreneurs of color with tools and resources to enable them to accelerate growth and maximize impact.

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Paris-based VC firm Partech unveils Chapter54 accelerator to help European startups cross into Africa

TechCrunch

Partech Shaker , the innovation division of the Paris-based VC firm Partech , has launched an accelerator program christened Chapter54 to help European startups launch in African markets. Africa Funding Startups Venture Capital accelerator africa Chapter54 Partech

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Through Mentoring, Angel Investors Offer More Than Just Money

StartupNation

This is a good starting place to identify the angel investor groups in your region and investigate the opportunities for mentorship. These firms frequently provide mentorship programs that are appropriate to your company’s development stage. Non-funding mentorship resources.

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“Just Ship It” All the Entrepreneurship Gurus Say

Entrepreneur's Handbook

It’s well intentioned on the part of the second or third time founder turned angel, VC, or accelerator mentor. startup-lessons mentorship entrepreneurship founder-advice product

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Why every VC should spend a month with an accelerator

TechCrunch

However, I believe that accelerators can be the glue bringing the two together. I’ve participated in a number of accelerators, including Disney and Techstars, and these programs gave me a noticeable advantage when I stepped into VC. Accelerators are hubs for diversity.

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Why You Don’t Want to Miss the MyEO DealExchange DX22 Conference

Entrepreneurs' Organization

It’s an incredibly valuable event for both EO Accelerators and EO members with startups that want to attract investments in addition to EO members who are looking for the right investment opportunity. Each member or Accelerator can bring ONE guest, but not multiple guests.

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The unbundling of professional learning and entrepreneurship education

TechCrunch

At roughly the same time, Y Combinator (YC) and other accelerators emerged as a largely analog means for entrepreneurs willing to commit three months of time and ~6% of their company to receive en masse training and connections to mentors, peers and funders. Rhys Spence. Contributor.

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500 Startups & Misk Innovation to Launch Second Batch of the Misk 500 Accelerator Program

500

Applications are now open for Batch 2 of the Misk 500 Accelerator Program 500 Startups and Misk Innovation will host the second batch of its accelerator program based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to fuel startups throughout the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region. Batch 2 of the Misk 500 Accelerator Program will bring experts from Silicon Valley and beyond to educate 15-20 early-stage startups from MENA.

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A Startup Support Guide for My Mom

GAN

Words like accelerator, incubator , venture studio, and others are terms that sound the same or are very confusing. Accelerators: If you have a startup with an existing product or service and a small team (of around 2-5 people), you have the opportunity to join an accelerator. Instagram would have been a candidate for an accelerator because it had two founders and a product with just a few users. Meaning, startups never have to pay to go through an accelerator.

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WJR Business Beat: New AWS Accelerator for Black Founders Open for Applications (Episode 403)

StartupNation

On today’s Business Beat, Jeff Sloan shares information on how your startup can win $225,000 in grants, plus personalized support and resources, through the AWS Accelerator for Black Founders program. Now, the AWS impact accelerator for black founders is designed for U.S.-based

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How One Company Was Poised to Grow 1,000% During the Pandemic

GAN

Recently I spoke with Price Fallin, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at TeleVet —a GAN Startup from StitchCrew accelerator—to hear how their telemedicine service for veterinarians has exploded in this time of quarantine.

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¡Hola Batch 11 LatAm! These are the 9 Startups Joining our Latest Batch in Mexico City

500

500 Startups is excited to announce the latest batch from our Seed Accelerator based in Mexico City. The Mexico City program focuses on providing mentorship and guidance to foster fast-paced growth for Spanish-speaking, early-stage companies based in Latin America.

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Z Fellows wants to give you $10K to launch a crypto startup

TechCrunch

The accelerator features a one-week sabbatical program that comes with a $10,000 check in optional equity, at a $1 billion cap, to aspiring founders. He thinks the time-bound nature of the fellowship and mentorship is what makes Z Fellows stand out in today’s capital rich environment.

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Announcing the 11 Startups in 500 LatAm’s Batch 10!

500

500 Startups is excited to announce the latest batch from our Seed Accelerator based in Mexico City. The Mexico City program focuses on providing a mentorship program for Spanish-speaking early-stage companies based in Latin America. The 11 startups began the accelerator activities on April 22nd at 500’s office in Mexico City.

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Sequoia’s Surge reveals 15 India, SEA startups in seventh cohort

TechCrunch

Sequoia Capital India and Southeast Asia disclosed 15 early-stage startups it has selected for the seventh cohort of its accelerator program Surge, pushing ahead with new investments even as the deal activity has considerably slowed in the region.

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Meet the women-led web3 startups from Thousand Faces’ demo day

TechCrunch

Thousand Faces , a web3 community-based investment group, hosted its demo day on Wednesday with the top 10 startups from its Female Founder Accelerator program. The accelerator program’s first cohort accepted 30 startups from a pool of over 220 applicants across 76 countries.

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7 Creative Financing Options for New Businesses and Startups

StartupNation

Accelerators. Startup accelerators provide seed money, counseling, networking and other services to launch your business. Since accelerators are essentially investing in your business, they have a mutual interest in your success. It takes money to make money.

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A Thank You to Techstars

GAN

In 2010, alongside the White House’s Startup America Initiative, Techstars launched GAN to align the accelerator industry around globally accepted best practices and create a standardized model for their success. We are thankful to Techstars for its pioneering steps in the accelerator space.

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Free Money for Student Tech Founders

David Teten VC

We have collected a wide range of freebies, contests, accelerators, online communities, and VCs designed for student tech founders. Participants from all over the world are eligible to compete for more than $100,000 in prize money and also receive mentorship and other resources.

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Why there are so few women in tech (and what you can do about it!)

Entrepreneurs' Organization

It provides opportunities for mentorship. Contributed to EO by Natalie Kaminski, an EO New York member and co-founder and CEO of JetRockets.

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NYC’s Tech Resurgence

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I’ll end with a plug for a startup competition that Google, Tech:NYC, and Cornell Tech are putting on called the “NYC Recovery Challenge” The challenge will bring together startup entrepreneurs from across the five boroughs to pitch tech solutions for New York’s recovery to a panel of business, economic, and policy experts with the chance of winning cash prizes, technical mentorship, and more.

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Announcing the Founder Support Fund

GAN

Funds could be used for activities like making dinner for their family or friends, providing gifts for their teams, doing a (socially-distant) activity, getting coaching, mentorship, or counseling, or any other activity that helps a founder feel more happy, healthy, and grounded. .

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