A typical Accelero Ventures ( AV ) week looks like this:
Founder Speaker Series—NYC’s most successful business builders from entrepreneurs to VCs discuss topics ranging from how they built their companies from idea to exit to details about acquiring customers and investment strategies to trends and what they mean—or don’t mean.
Workshop Series—Outside experts and AV alum cover wide-ranging and diverse specific relevant topic areas. Sample workshops include: Enterprise Sales Tools and Tactics, User Optimization and Testing, Data Science and Decision Making, Digital Marketing Best Practices by Channel, IP and Patent Filing, and more.
Fundraising Sessions—AV partners lead sessions that cover funding categories, cap tables, understanding and preparing to meet your potential investors, tracking and follow-up meetings, investor decks, etc.
CTO Roundtable—Problem solve with your cohort and other CTOs in the trenches
CFO Roundtable—Problem solve with your cohort and other CFOs in the trenches
CHRO Roundtable—Problem solve with your cohort and other CHROs in the trenches
Law Roundtable—Problem solve with your cohort and other Law Officers in the trenches
Mentor Meetings—AV’s 300+ mentors, who have expertise in every imaginable functional area. AV mentors are generous with their time and resources, available to advise our companies for the duration of our program.
Resident Expert Office Hours—Consult with technologists and other pros on specific tactical issues you encounter.
KPI Review—You and your cohort track and discuss weekly progress together in a lively game show atmosphere that fosters teamwork.
Pitch Practice—Practice, revise and refine your pitch; get feedback from your cohort, entrepreneurs and investors.
Open Door to Partners & Staff—Our partners and staff are always here to help build your business.
Our program officially ends with Demo Day— a high-profile coming out party to Accelero’s community of 700+ investors from New York and the wider investor ecosystem. Demo Day is an invitation-only event where accredited investors get the opportunity to see and meet with our companies. Each startup presents their businesses in what many of our founders have called the most meaningful and exciting moments of their professional career.
The weeks preceding Demo Day are intense and focused.Founders are assigned a professional presentation coach to help hone their story. We hold practice sessions where founders are drilled on every aspect of their presentation—until it’s ready for prime time.
After the Program: We are your Partners
We are investors for the long-haul and the official program is just the beginning. We stay actively involved with your company as it grows, helping our founders build lasting businesses. Whether it’s a new product rollout, a major partnership or your next round of funding, Accelero Ventures and its network are there to help you succeed.
We strongly encourage the exchange of ideas with the other startups in your program—and in the Accelero Ventures ( AV ) alumni network. We formally pair you with an alumni mentor and our 200+ alumni companies have created an active and engaged community of more than 2,000 employees in the Accelero Ventures family.
Accelero Ventures alumni have been in your shoes; they are inspired and committed to their Accelero Ventures family. We find that AV startups learn as much from each other as anyone else—and they thrive on the energy and innovation of working day in and day out with like-minded startups.
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Classes & Workshops
Below are the types of topics we cover in our classes:
• Prepping Startups for Investment
• Finding & Selling Investors
• Putting Together a Smart Business Plan
• Preparing Your Presentation & Investor Deck
• Proving a Product-Market Fit to Investors
• Creating a Fundable Business Model
• Budgeting, Forecasts and Governance
• Growth Hacking and Gaining Traction
• Launching and Scaling Your Business
• Valuations, Discounts, Term Sheets & Debt
• Marketing & Customer Acquisition
• Perfecting Your Pitch
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