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Making the most of an accelerator program: 4 startup strategies

An accelerator program can have a profound effect on the success of your startup. As well as receiving expert advice and guidance from seasoned mentors, you'll be learning from the rest of the cohort. You'll also have access to resources, networking opportunities, and potential investors. Most accelerators last several weeks, if not months, with an intensive schedule that requires lot of your time, effort and sustained focus. To help you maximise the benefits, Zach Anderson Pettet shares he...
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How startup accelerators work

Startup accelerators help promising, early-stage startups speed up their development by providing education, mentorship, co-working space, a small amount of seed capital and access to other resources. Apart from helping startups identify their best growth strategy, most programs culminate in a demo day when founders pitch their venture to an audience of potential investors. Here, serial entrepreneur and author Alejandro Cremades shares an overview of the accelerator process with some top tips to...
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This accelerator is helping to solve some of the world's most pressing environmental problems

It's said that more than 50 per cent of new businesses fail within the first five years, yet the five-year survival rate of startups that participate in business incubators or accelerator programs is reported to be between 75 and 87 per cent. Accelerators can also help cut the cost of launching a startup by as much as 50 per cent, writes Kate Harrison. Here, she interviews Dawn Lippert, CEO of Elemental Excelerator—an accelerator in the non-profit sphere—to discover how it differs from othe...
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Y Combinator launches free online course to train new startup investors

Investors who are interested in backing early stage startups but don't know how to get started can now register for free training from one of the world's leading startup accelerators. Y Combinator aims to give the startup ecosystem a boost with a 4-day training course that's open to anyone wanting to learn the practical details of seed (early) stage startup investing. To reach as diverse a group as possible, the 4-day course held live in Y Combinator's Mountain View office will be live-streamed ...
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Centrica seeks innovative startups for Active Ageing Challenge

Centrica Innovations is "calling on the UK's thriving startup community to put themselves forward" for a share of a £100,000 prize fund and access to valuable networking and mentorship opportunities. As part of its five year commitment to investing £100 million in startups, incubation and accelerator programmes, Centrica Innovations is currently looking for startups with tech solutions that can improve the quality of life for the over 60s. Entrepreneurs have until 5 February to submit their appl...
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Virgin StartUp launches equity crowdfunding accelerator

Virgin Startup, in partnership with TribeFirst, is running a new accelerator programme for entrepreneurs who want to raise funds and awareness through an equity crowdfunding campaign. Following a successful pilot earlier this year, the first official Virgin StartUp Crowdboost round is now open for entries from entrepreneurs who have a proven concept that's already generating traction and are looking raise at least £100,000 to scale up. The intensive, seven-week CrowdBoost programme starts 30 Jan...
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A $300m VC fund for early stage tech startups has launched

A new $300 million (€254 million) venture capital (VC) fund is committed to supporting advances in technology and the growth of digital startups in the UK. Athlone Ventures, founded by British businessman Jojar Dhinsa, in partnership with former Irish rock musician turned serial entrepreneur Brendan Morrissey, is an early stage VC firm dedicated to "accelerating disruptive innovations and trends." The company is now seeking to accelerate the growth of up to 15 startups each year with fundin...
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Startup Europe Comes to Africa (SEC2A): Road trip to Africa

Startup Europe is showcasing Africa's entrepreneurial efforts, opportunities, and success stories in a campaign that aims to "connect Africa and Europe through digital trade and not aid." Following a launch event in Brussels, the Startup Europe Comes to Africa (SEC2A) campaign is taking a road trip to South Africa and Nigeria. In both Cape Town and Lagos, a boot camp for 15 African startups will be followed by an event open to the entire startup ecosystem. A competition will ...
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Portugal is building a startup mega campus in Lisbon

Portugal is repurposing its old, derelict buildings to reinvent itself as a European hub for creative and tech startups, writes Amir-Esmaeil Bozorgzadeh. Portugal's thriving scaleup ecosystem is growing twice as fast as the European average, he says, with an increasing number of accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces popping up in the capital, Lisbon, making it an attractive hub for international as well as local startups. The city's biggest project is the transformation of a 20-building...
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UK accelerators are miles ahead of European counterparts with €15.5m invested last year

The UK helped more startups and invested more capital than any other European country last year—and ranked third in the world behind the US and Canada. A 55% increase on its 2015 investment put the UK ahead of Spain, which ranked second in Europe with a total of €7.5m invested in participating start-ups, according to the latest European Accelerator Report from Gust. Julia Watts shares here some of the details from this and other reports showing how accelerators have increased in recent years to ...
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