TLDR

  • Accelerators are cohort-based, fixed-term programmes that help early-stage startups and/or entrepreneurs build or grow their company by providing mentorship, networking opportunities and capital, amongst other things.

Accelerators are cohort-based, fixed-term programmes that help early-stage startups and/or entrepreneurs build or grow their company.

Accelerator programmes can last anywhere between three to twelve months, involve a selection process and typically provide a certain amount of capital, education, working space, networking opportunities and mentorship from a diverse number of individuals including successful entrepreneurs, programme graduates, VCs, angel investors and corporate executives.

Most accelerator programmes end with a ‘demo day’ where programme participants pitch to an array of investors.

Examples of well known accelerators include Y Combinator, 500 Startups, Techstars, Startupbootcamp, Entrepreneur First, Antler and Plug and Play.

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