The ideal participant is someone that is passionate about technology and is currently toying around with an idea for a business.  The quality of the idea is secondary to the potential of the person and the value they would bring to the program.  You don't have to be an experienced entrepreneur working on an established startup with significant traction. In fact, those companies are better suited for traditional startup accelerators that will provide a platform to pitch to investors.  If you are a serial entrepreneur looking for your next idea, this might be a great place for you to find it.  If you simply have an idea for a business, but are unsure of the next steps, this is the perfect program for you.  The sequential nature of the content in Accel.MN will provide structured guidance, allowing participants to dip their toes into the water without quitting their day jobs and burning their life savings.

The value proposition for participants is:

  • Increased general knowledge of startups

  • Acceleration of your particular idea or business

  • A tight network of other talented entrepreneurs (20 per cohort), selected for their high potential and diversity of skills, experiences and perspectives

  • Inclusion in a growing society of entrepreneurs in MN with opportunities to connect across cohorts

There are no financial or equity requirements for participating.  The only requirement is that participants bring a high level of commitment and effort to the program.  This means they must be able to attend all 6 sessions and complete all pre-readings, videos, workshop exercises, team-building activities, and homework assignments.  You will get out what you put into it, and your effort will also enhance the quality of the program for others in the group.