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Accelerator for Early Stage Startups 2016-12-16T07:19:02+00:00

Go from an idea to a great business with the first ever Startup Accelerator Program in Ventura County!

Applications are now open for Winter 2017

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Program Details

Idea Phase

(Weeks 1-4)

Have an idea but not sure if it’s great? Or just starting out and looking for which way to go? We’ll connect your passions to ideas worth solving and create a solution that people will want. And you’ll identify what your team needs.

 

Plan Phase

(Weeks 5-8)

What does it take to make a great idea real? We’ll help you find the right business model, price, and what it takes to get your startup off the ground. You’ll create a business plan that’s a blueprint to success.

Launch Phase

(Weeks 9-12)

A plan is only as good as how well it’s carried out. We’ll help you figure out how to prove your idea and start getting the word out to customers, partners, and investors. You’ll leave ready to successfully launch your business.

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

You! If you’re over 18, serious about becoming an entrepreneur, self motivated, and seek out knowledge. You don’t need to have an idea or startup experience, just a willingness to build a business to scale and we’ll help with the rest.

Yes, if you’re selected we’ll work on helping you create a great idea.

Yes, if you’re still in the phase of validating your idea and are willing and able to dramatically change your product and offering if required by the market.

Yes, As long as the team is committed to going through the program and you’re early stage.

No, any industry can apply and no specific experience is required. That being said, if you’re in tech or a programmer it’s definitely a plus.

Application

The first part is an online application which you can fill out here. We’ll invite qualified candidates to a video conference interview and then make a decision if they are applied. The applicant then reserves their spot with the payment. The process continues on a rolling basis until the class is full.

You’ll be notified at least 1 week before the program starts for selection via email so please make sure your contact info is updated in your application. Due to the volume of requests we may not be able to respond to each person individually, but we’ll try!

Yes! We receive many very qualified applicants but have to limit the size of our session to make sure it’s the best experience for those participating.  We encourage you to re-apply for future sessions if you’re not selected. You might also be interested in the local entrepreneurial events here: www.aspire3.com/events.

Yes, it is free! If you’re selected we are going to ask you to pitch in for things like food during meetings but otherwise there isn’t a direct cost to you. Our partners have helped us cover the costs of the program and we are all committed to helping build up aspiring entrepreneurs.

Yes, we’ll help you identify what you need for a team and potentially work with some of the other accelerator participants, if you’re both willing.

Logistics

Yes! The program is specifically designed to help entrepreneurs find the right idea and flesh out the right business model before taking the plunge. If you can commit to the 4 hours of class time and put in about 6 more hours outside class, you’ll do great.

You’ll have access to our materials and be required to watch a short video, review materials, or even attempt an activity before a session. During the in person session we’ll review what was done and build upon it in a hands on activity or small coaching sessions. You’ll then have deliverables due at the next session when we move to the next topic.

We take attendance very seriously as being invited to participate means that many others didn’t get that spot. We expect you (or one person from your team) to attend every one of the class sessions. Sometimes life happens and we’ll handle it on a case by case basis but you’ll be responsible for the work and content covered.

The amount of funding will vary based on the performance and outcome of the companies in the program. No promises are being made in regards to funding amount (our lawyers told us to include that).

Everything from what it takes to create a good idea and designing a valuable solution through marketing, product development, team building, and funding down to the nuts and bolts of incorporation, accounting and term sheets. It’s like an intense, practical, and fun entrepreneurship MBA crash course.

Applications are Now Open

Let’s make your Ideas a Reality

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