October 21-25, 2019
A Bootcamp for Accelerator Managers
by 500 Startups
What to expect
Learn how to run a successful program from one of the top accelerators in Silicon Valley
500 Startups is sharing its playbook with select accelerator managers in October 2019. In this one week deep dive, 500 partners and other top accelerator founding partners will reveal the tricks of the trade, and answer key questions for your accelerator such as:
What makes you special?
What is your differentiator? How are you marketing and positioning your new accelerator? How do you get startups to apply?
How will you make money?
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?
How do you choose startups?
What companies will you invest in and at what stage? How do you do due diligence?
What’s your program?
What’s your curriculum? Who makes the best staff? How can you make DemoDay an important event in your ecosystem?
How do you create community and become a valuable link in the chain?
How do you get high profile mentors on board who are willing to put in the time with your startups?
How do you become an important link in the capital lifecycle?
How can you position the startups in your portfolio to attract downstream capital from other investors in your ecosystem? How will you measure your success?
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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
Interview successful 500 startups alumni and hear about their entrepreneurial journey
Who should Apply
How to apply
The course is led by 500 Startups managing partners together with other managers and mentors in the 500 Startups Network who have experience running accelerator programs. Past and future instructors include:
What Past Participants Have Said
The experience was great on so many levels - meeting other people running accelerators around the world and using their experience coupled with 500's deep knowledge of accelerator operations will definitely help us smartly scale our program.
What was truly fabulous was the generosity of sharing of 500's learnings and experience in building one of the world's leading accelerators. Thank you 500 for a super week of talks, exercises and workshops.
500 Startups is the first big accelerator to really open it's doors and share best practices in such an in depth manner, it really shows how much they care about community. It was incredible to hear first hand from the partners and staff on how they run the organization. #Nofilter
It was great to meet the team behind 500StartUps. The sessions and speakers were very informative and interesting, giving us an insider's view of their key drivers and their program.
As a Caribbean Accelerator I could not imagine a better program to learn from. What I appreciated the most is the transparency, depth of insight, and their collaboration with other acceleration verticals which exposed us to other programs outside of 500 Startups.