Startup South Bend – Elkhart Pre-Accelerator

PRE-ACCELERATOR COHORT 2

APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

About the Program

STARTUP SOUTH BEND - ELHART PRE-ACCELERATOR

Our pre-accelerator connects entrepreneurs with mentors and subject matter experts through a 10-week cohort-based program. Each week entrepreneurs are expected to attend a group educational workshop or an individualized 1:1 mentor session to make progress on their startup. Meet the Cohort 1 graduates.

As a pre-accelerator participant you can expect to gain the following skills:

  • How to validate your idea with customers
  • How to identify your startup’s market size, value proposition, and business model
  • How to pitch your startup and seek funding from investors

FROM IDEA TO CREATION

COHORT MODEL

The Startup SBE pre-accelerator connects entrepreneurs with mentors and subject matter experts through a 10-week cohort-based program.

LEARN HOW

Participants learn how to validate their idea with customers, identify their startup’s market size, value proposition, and business model, and seek funding from investors.

CRITERIA TO APPLY

Startup must be located in the South Bend - Elkhart region, have raised less than $50,000 in funding/revenue to date, address a national or global market (i.e. no lifestyle businesses).

Fast Facts

ABOUT OUR PRE-ACCELERATOR

10 SESSIONS OVER 10 WEEKS

Cohort 2 will launch on October 7th and continue through December 2, 2020. Group workshops/sessions take place each Wednesday evening from 5-7pm and the Winter Pitch Event will take place on December 15, 2020.

NEW OPPORTUNITIES

Upon completion, participants gain access to opportunities including Notre Dame’s IDEA Center Commercialization Engine, introductions and referrals to investors, and continued assistance from mentors.

PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE

Participants will walk away with a completed pitch deck and executive summary, access to up to $2,000 in early stage funding for prototyping and validation activities, and potentially finding co-founders.

COMMITMENT

Participants must commit at least one founding member to approximately 6 hours per week (2 hours attending weekly sessions, 4 hours of work activities on your own.

NO FEES OR EQUITY TAKEN

Unlike many other pre-accelerators or accelerator programs, Startup South Bend - Elkhart does not take any equity in your business, nor are there any participation fees.

SUPPORTING YOUR ENDEAVORS

Each week entrepreneurs are expected to attend a group educational workshop or an individualized 1:1 mentor session to make progress on their startup.

Requirements

TO APPLY

The pre-accelerator program is open to startups that meet the following criteria:

  • Startup must be located in St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall Counties in Indiana
  • Startup must have raised less than $50,000 in funding/revenue to date
  • Startup idea must address a national or global market (i.e. no lifestyle businesses)
  • Ability for at least one founding team member to commit 6 hours per week for 10 weeks

If you are not sure whether your startup meets the above criteria, we still encourage you to apply. Our team will help you navigate whether your idea is a fit for our program our other regional resources.