Announcing the Founder Support Fund

GAN

I’m excited to announce the Founder Support Fund. It’s an evergreen microgrant-making fund dedicated to supporting founders’ mental and emotional health and well-being. Now, let’s support the people behind those businesses— founders.

Share the mindset of success in EO Accelerator

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Emma Allen is active in the Charlotte, NC chapter of EO Accelerator , which empowers first-stage entrepreneurs with the tools, community and accountability necessary to catapult their business to the next level.

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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. Marketing support.

The Continued Importance of Accelerators

GAN

Accelerators have been around for almost fifteen years now. Throughout that time, they’ve supported and funded thousands of startups, many of which have turned into powerful companies and positively impacted communities large and small. 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.

A Startup Support Guide for My Mom

GAN

While I’ve been in the startup world for over a decade now, I know my mom (and many of my friends) have no idea about all of the startup jargon we throw around, especially when it comes to the type of support startups can receive. Words like accelerator, incubator , venture studio, and others are terms that sound the same or are very confusing. So, I thought it might be helpful—for my mom and yours—if I put together a “startup support terminology guide.”

The Value of the 500 Seed Accelerator in 2019

500

It’s been a crazy journey for us from a small first batch of startups in our Silicon Valley Accelerator to running accelerators across the globe and investing in founders from over 76 countries. The post The Value of the 500 Seed Accelerator in 2019 appeared first on 500 Startups.

We Built a More Inclusive Accelerator—Here’s What We Learned

GAN

Accelerator programs—one of the best tools we have to increase a startup’s survival rate—are limited in solutions provided, in ambition rewarded, and even more limited in regards to the founders who participate. New research demonstrated that accelerator programs actually made funding gaps worse between men and women founders. It’s time to support the bright solutions and big ideas of entrepreneurs who have gone unheard for too long. Guest Blog by Lunar Startups.

Customer support management platform Assembled lands $51M

TechCrunch

Assembled , which bills itself as a workforce management platform for customer support teams, today announced that it raised $51 million in a Series B funding round led by New Enterprise Associates with participation from Emergence Capital and Basis Set Ventures.

From ideation to accolades in 10 months: An EO Accelerator’s successful pivot

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Annie Cheng is active in the Seattle chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) ‘s Accelerator programme, which empowers entrepreneurs with the tools, community and accountability necessary to aggressively grow their businesses. Why did you join EO Accelerator?

AWS launches new $30M accelerator program aimed at minority founders

TechCrunch

Amazon Web Services (AWS) today launched a new program, AWS Impact Accelerator , that will give up to $30 million to early-stage startups led by Black, Latino, LGBTQIA+ and women founders. Programs like AWS Impact Accelerator amount to more than lip service.

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.

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

How to Grow Your Chapter’s Accelerator Program

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Brad Stevens is an EO Atlanta member, Chair of that chapter’s Accelerator program, and founder and CEO of Outsource Access , which helps companies grow by providing highly skilled virtual assistants. Here, he shares his experience and insights for growing Atlanta’s Accelerator program.

10 Signs Your Company Needs a Business Accelerator Program

Entrepreneurs' Organization

By Lauren King, Director of the EO Accelerator Program. As someone who’s dedicated her career to helping small-scale entrepreneurs grow their businesses, I’ve heard many skeptics say a business accelerator program is just a cover for startups looking to increase capital.

ACT Tulsa welcomes Cohort II into accelerator

Innovation 2 Enterprise

The Tulsa-based accelerator launches Cohort II with eight tech-enabled startups. Powered by their partners, the Tulsa-based accelerator has. The money and resources help accelerate progress, but the contacts and networking. And acceleration is what the program is all about.

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

Plaid accelerator announces inaugural cohort of fintech startups

TechCrunch

Plaid, the fintech giant, has announced the inaugural cohort of startups in its new accelerator program, FinRise. The accelerator, announced two months ago , is explicitly focused on backing underrepresented founders in tech. Accelerators embrace change forced by pandemic.

ACT Tulsa a one-of-a-kind accelerator program

Innovation 2 Enterprise

ACT Tulsa is a one-of-a-kind accelerator program. This one-of-a-kind accelerator program is laser-focused on cultivating underestimated founders located in Tulsa and beyond. ACT Tulsa is a one-of-a-kind accelerator. By Scott Meacham.

Entrepreneurs reflect on value of i2E’s e3 mini-accelerator

Innovation 2 Enterprise

Our popular e3 mini-accelerator is a great fit for that mission as we help participating entrepreneurs determine market acceptance for their product and gain insight into the concept. My team – Ed Bogle, Tammy Torklson, E’lena Ashley and Miles Dotson — is grateful for their support.”. The post Entrepreneurs reflect on value of i2E’s e3 mini-accelerator appeared first on i2E.

Draper Startup House launches first accelerator program, choosing Austin as its home

TechCrunch

It is now also the new home for Tim Draper’s newest initiative to help support early-stage founders: Draper Startup House Accelerator Program. It will be a mix of Draper University and a typical accelerator, he added.

Here are all of the companies presenting at Alchemist Accelerator’s 30th Demo Day today

TechCrunch

Today marks the 30th Demo Day for Alchemist , the enterprise-focused accelerator that helped grow companies like LaunchDarkly, Rigetti Computing and Privacera early on. Joinedapp: E-commerce tools for selling on apps like Instagram/Facebook/Whatsapp with support for cryptocurrencies.

Startup Accelerators are Entrepreneur Boot Camps

Gust

Business accelerators” is another term often used interchangeably with incubators. The key difference between them, according to purists, is that accelerators compress the timescale for startups by operating as a type of boot camp. Most incubators and accelerators today provide one or more of the following: flexible space and leases, often at very low rates. Invested Interests accelerators incubators startups

A Coronavirus Job Description

GAN

Not only will this help us keep our jobs, but it’s also the most helpful thing we can do to support others in this unusual time. It’s vital that we just keep moving through our to-do lists, calls, and actions we need to do every day to support clients, teams, and families. You have people in your sphere who you have the opportunity to support. Make sure you understand how they’re doing and how they need support at this time.

Fintech isn’t dead, as Ramp reports accelerating revenue growth

TechCrunch

Our biggest hope is to go to work for more companies that are looking to cut costs, become efficient and do it in ways that improve the quality of the business, while preserving the ability to make investments and support people and staff,” he told TechCrunch in an interview. Not every company is struggling in this downturn. Despite a cooling market, corporate spend management startup Ramp reports that it has more than doubled its revenue run rate since the start of the year.

Before Ever Applying to an Accelerator, Here’s What You Need to Know

GAN

There are 115 accelerators spread across 160 cities in the GAN Community. In 2018 alone, more than 35,000 startups applied for just 1,344 spots at those accelerators. So, this past week, I asked leaders at GAN programs one simple question: Before applying to your accelerator, what would you tell startups they need to do to prepare for your program? Hillman Accelerator and NewMe Accelerator.

Google to offer 40,000 developer scholarships in Africa; continues accelerator program

TechCrunch

The company hosted key stakeholders in Africa’s tech ecosystem and “reviewed opportunities unfolding throughout the internet economy, paying special attention to the support of developers and startups in the region.”

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.

In My Words: Aaron Lee on How EO Accelerator Altered His Journey

Entrepreneurs' Organization

I joined EO Accelerator in 2009, when I owned a business and my business owned me. This year I was invited by EO Global Chairman Brian Brault to participate as a member leader and signer of the EO partnership supporting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

How to Make a Big Impression in Front of an Accelerator

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Strategies to help you maxmise your impact Photo: ReaktorX As a COO of ReaktorX, a pre-acceleration programme, I’m always very inspired when scouting startups. Rather than do their research on accelerators, many eager entrepreneurs jump straight to the cold email.

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. KfW said it is supporting Chapter54 to promote growth and create jobs.

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.

Here’s where MLOps is accelerating enterprise AI adoption

TechCrunch

Ashish Kakran , principal at Thomvest Ventures , is a product manager/engineer turned investor who enjoys supporting founders with a balance of technical know-how, customer insights, empathy with challenges and market knowledge. Ashish Kakran. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola and Unilever join AB InBev’s sustainable supply chain accelerator

TechCrunch

A clutch of the world’s largest consumer products and food companies are joining Budweiser’s parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev in backing an investment program to support early-stage companies focused on making supply chains more sustainable.

What if all startup accelerators promote circularity?

Impact Hub

What if all startup incubators and accelerators integrated design principles that foster circularity? Circularity-focused incubation and acceleration programs already exist, but there are two problems: There aren’t enough of them to transform the private sector as a whole. What if all venture support programs integrated circular design principles? Accelerating the transition to a circular economy that respects planetary boundaries will help us realise this ambition.

FSD Africa expands insurtech accelerator program to Ghana and Nigeria

TechCrunch

But the market might soon change as innovative products that run on micropayment or pay-per-use frameworks emerge under the support of institutions like the U.K.-funded We are planning to launch the BimaLab Insurtech Accelerator Program in Ghana and Nigeria.”

Meet the newest crypto builders from web3 accelerator Alliance DAO’s demo day

TechCrunch

But today we’re highlighting the demo day for a new wave of crypto projects and teams who participated in the latest cohort for Alliance DAO, a web3 accelerator and builder community.