Student Accelerator 2018

Launch Your Future

Start your summer with the Student Accelerator program. Throughout the eight-week program, Accelerator teams will meet daily to launch their startup by using Lean LaunchPad methodologies. Through brunch and learns, work sessions with experienced mentors, weekly pitches, and lectures, the Student Accelerator aims to drive the startup process for students, while increasing their startups' chance for success. Once a week, teams will meet to discuss their progress in meeting milestones, as well as learn about other key Business Model Canvas concepts. Participants will have access to industry partners that can coach them on accounting, taxes, IP, and funding issues. The teaching team and mentors will be on hand throughout the summer to oversee completion of milestones, and help teams reach their goals.

The details

The Student Accelerator is held each summer, running from the end of May to the end of July. The application typically opens up in January each year.

  • Each participant will be compensated $3,500 for living expenses
  • Earn monetary awards for meeting set milestones
  • Accelerate the startup process by learning Lean LaunchPad methodologies
  • Work with a team of mentors that will help oversee your progress
  • Meet with instructors weekly to pitch your progress
  • All students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or have recently graduated, are eligible to apply
  • Chance to win additional money during Final Pitches

No idea? No problem!

If you don't have an idea for a startup, it's no problem. You will be able to choose a team whose idea you like, and join their team. The Student Accelerator is designed to benefit teams - but you are welcome to sign up as an individual.

Next Steps

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 Student Accelerator program. Please check back in early 2019.

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