BUSINESS
ACCELERATORS




THE BUSINESS OF ACCELERATORS

SMALL BUSINESS ACCELERATORS

BUSINESS ACCELERATORS Vs. BUSINESS INCUBATOR

BUSINESS ACCELERATORS RELATED TOPICS

WHAT IS A START UP ACCELERATOR?

BUSINESS ACCELERATORS LINKS



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THE
BUSINESS
OF
ACCELERATORS




Accelerators are in the business of creating startups Ė or at
least taking the first bet. Itís a startup for startups; which
means, everything they talk about as risk in venture capital,
gets nicely bundled up and gets put on the head of what is the
accelerator.



Types of Accelerators


Going back to the basics, depending on which accelerator you are
involved with, there are two or three key milestones that they
would provide value:

Spit polish your pitch in a matter of weeks and put you in front
of a lot of investors and hope one of you become a hit. (Usually
this model also involves accelerating a lot of companies in one go)

Have an alumni or a brand that can give you early traction, and
mentors who can give you an overview. (working with a startup to
dig deep will take a few weeks usually)

The hands-on accelerators will work with a handful of startups,
but will dig deep. Have a few dedicated personnel whose job would
be to help you eliminate market risk (have a product, but there is
no market) and also help with Go-To-Market strategy, setting up a
board, advisory etc. Thatís really the deep dive model and most
accelerators wonít touch that route, even with a ten foot pole.


Depending on what level of support you are getting, the duration of
the programme will vary, but you get an idea. All of them, in some
way will put some money in, quite honestly that would be the easiest
(valuation of the company is the lowest and shares are cheaper
comparatively Ė it makes sense to do it).



The Business of Accelerators
http://yourstory.com/2013/04/the-business-of-accelerators/



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SMALL
BUSINESS
ACCELERATOR




Starting a business in an entrepreneurial environment allows
the small business owner to focus on being successful.

The Small Business Accelerator provides clients with business
support services and community resources to help them survive
and grow during the start-up period. Direct management
assistance, and technical and support services are provided
to clients.

Small businesses are the fastest growing segment in American
commerce and create 98% of all new jobs. Over 50% of small
businesses fail in the first year, and 80% within five years.
Often entrepreneurs know how to produce "the work," but lack
the skills necessary for operating a business. Equally
important, are start-up costs and fixed expenses of operation,
which drain hard pressed capital.

Our primary mission is to ensure accelerator businesses are
financially viable.

Small businesses need a professional atmosphere, business advice,
and office equipment but often cannot afford it. Incubator tenants
have the advantage of all these and more.



Small Business Accelerator
http://www.wku.edu/accelerator/



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BUSINESS
ACCELERATOR
Vs.
BUSINESS
INCUBATOR




The terms "business accelerator" and "business incubator" are
often used interchangeably to describe organizations that aid
young companies. But there are some meaningful distinctions
worth recognizing.



Similar Activities

In general, accelerators and incubators both assist startup
businesses by providing money or operational resources to
increase their chance of growth and success.



Development vs. Profit

Programs dubbed "business incubators" tend to focus on economic
development. Most are government programs, but others are run by
chambers of commerce, academic-related associations and church
organizations. "Business accelerators," by contrast, are more
likely to be profit-driven and run by investment companies and
venture capitalists.



Types of Assistance

In addition to financial grants, traditional incubators offer
startups discounted rent and office equipment, as well as
technical, administrative and networking support. Business
accelerators are more focused on offering specialized technical
training, software, and online presence.



History of the Terms

Business incubators emerged in the United States in the 1960s.
The term "business accelerator" emerged during the 1990s
dot-com boom, when entities based on the same concept as
traditional incubators sought distinction with their heavy
focus on communication technology and Web presence.



Business Accelerator Vs. Business Incubator
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5903618_business-accelerator-vs_-business-incubator.html



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BUSINESS
ACCELERATORS
RELATED
TOPICS




The Advantages of Business to Business Vs. Business to People
http://www.ehow.com/info_12319252_advantages-business-business-vs-business-people.html

Small Business Startup Assistance
http://www.ehow.com/info_8041415_small-business-startup-assistance.html

What Is a Viable Business Plan?
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5762891_viable-business-plan_.html

Contract vs. Freelance
http://www.ehow.com/info_10048312_contract-vs-freelance.html

Difference in Business License and Registering a Business
http://www.ehow.com/info_8266044_difference-business-license-registering-business.html



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WHAT
IS A
START UP
ACCELERATOR?




Start up accelerator, also referred as seed accelerator, is a form
of business incubator that is chasing profit. Its main purpose is
helping highly potential business ideas with mentoring, office space,
know-how and seed capital in exchange for a piece of the equity of
the new business. The support is for a certain period of time ranging
from 3 to 18 months and it is usually provided the the very beginning
of a start up. Business incubators are different from seed accelerators,
because they are usually non-profit, government funded organizations
that doesnít take a stake in the business and are focused on broad types
of ventures. Accelerator are usually focused on high technology companies
and anyone can apply for approval there.



The main features of accelerators are:


application procedure open to anyone with a cool business idea

an investment in the new company is made (usually around several hundreds
of dollars) in exchange for equity

target companies are these founded by small teams, not single entrepreneurs

the accepted companies have to graduate in a predefined period (3-18 months),
in which they receive mentoring, training, know-how and other help.

the training support happens in groups of many founders



Benefits of seed accelerators


There are many benefits that come from these organizations.

Some of them are:

mentoring and receiving professional know-how

meeting new entrepreneurs and making new business connections

start up funding

access to special technologies and resources

further support


There are not too many seed accelerators, because this is a relatively
new conception. The first one of them was launched back in year 2005
and its name is Y-Combinator. In was started not elsewhere, but in
Silicon Valley taking advantage of the wonderful business climate there.
In 2006 was launched the accelerator TechStars and a year later Seed Camp
opened doors in Europe. Currently there are more than 300 start up
accelerators around the globe and their number hasnít stopped growing.


Here is a constantly updated list of almost all start up accelerators in
the world:



Seed-DB
http://www.seed-db.com/


What Is A Start Up Accelerator?
http://businessideaslab.com/seed-accelerator/



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Accelerators can give business a jump start
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/abrams/2013/03/29/small-business-accelerators/2029605/

Accelerators: How To Get Your Foot in the Door
http://workreimagined.aarp.org/start-a-business/accelerators-how-to-get-your-foot-in-the-door/

The Business Accelerator
http://www.thebusinessaccelerator.net/

Business accelerators
http://mybizaccels.com/

Business accelerators
http://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2013/oct/24/business-accelerators-financial-startups

Business Accelerator vs. Business Incubator
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/business-accelerator-vs-business-incubator-14602.html

Business Incubation
http://www.smallbusinessnotes.com/starting/busincubation.html

Can Business Accelerators Help Your Business Grow?
http://smallbiztrends.com/2010/12/can-business-accelerators-help-your-business-grow.html

Free Business Tools and Expert Advice
http://www.amfambusinessaccelerator.com/

How to Jump-Start Your Business With an Accelerator Program
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224011

How to Work with a Business Accelerator
http://www.digitalinnovationgazette.com/distribution/work_with_business_accelerator/index.html#.U4EUbM9OU5s

The Rise of Business Accelerator Seed Funds
http://www.firstascentventures.com/blog/?p=26

Top business accelerators for women-led companies
http://empowerlounge.com/top-business-accelerators-for-women-led-companies/



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