May 2 – 6, 2016
A 1-week Bootcamp on How to Run your Accelerator
Have you ever wondered how 500 Startups became one of the top accelerators in Silicon Valley in only five years?
Now is your chance to find out!
What to expect
Learn how to run a successful program from one of the top accelerators in Silicon Valley
What is your differentiator? How are you marketing and positioning your new accelerator? How do you get startups to apply?
What are viable revenue models when running an accelerator? How much equity will you take? How/when do you start making money? What are the legal issues you need to understand?
What companies will you invest in and at what stage? How do you do due diligence?
What’s your curriculum? Who makes the best staff? How can you make DemoDay an important event in your ecosystem?
How do you get high profile mentors on board who are willing to put in the time with your startups?
Hear and learn directly from founders and managers of top accelerators in Silicon Valley
Get feedback on your plans for your accelerator from 500 Startups investment partners and fellow classmates
Put the concepts into practice by reviewing real startup applications
Visit the headquarters of another top accelerator in Silicon Valley
Screen pitches at our invite-only investor events, including a “Sneak Preview Day” and a public “Demo Day” with hundreds of other Silicon Valley angel investors and venture capitalists
From Past VC Unlocked Participants
To say that The VC Unlocked program was great would be an understatement. From the sessions, to the caliber of speakers, to access to LPs, startups, etc, the quality of the Unlocked program is one that is definitely unmatched. In two weeks, I learned what people spend a lifetime trying to figure out….It aided in providing strategy, focus and structure for Startup52’s vision and mission, both for its Accelerator and Venture Fund.Chike Ukaegbu
From 500’s Accelerator Program Grads
Pipefy was born be global so we wanted to work with people who had the best track record i n creating successful global startups. We received good offers from almost all the accelerators we applied for, but they couldn’t offer the operational expertise and distribution know-how that 500 Startups offered.
Most accelerators are focused on business models, pitches and fundraising . But at 500 we learned how to build a healthy & solid business and to approach fundraising as a positive consequence of it.
The program taught us how to execute with efficiency, improve our product, scale on user acquisition, build a strong team and several other skills that are the basis of Pipefy’s growth. Definitely, it was one of the best things that happened to us, it was a game changer.Alessio Alionço
$9.6 K USD Covers tuition, all course materials, most meals, admission to Preview Day and DemoDay, and transport to site visits.
Travel and accommodations are not included.
Participants should be prepared to spend the full business day, Monday through Friday, immersed in the course and participate in all elements of the program.
Who should Apply
Anyone involved in the planning or management of new and future accelerators from all geographies, verticals and specializations.
How to apply
Fill out the application by April 15th, 2016. We will notify accepted candidates on a rolling basis. Apply Here
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from May 2 – 6