COLLEGIATE ACCELERATOR PARTICIPANTS. . .

  • Get: Two months of intense training and lovingly critical support.
  • Tap: Subject matter experts, investors, and highly engaged and collaborative peers.
  • Funding: Each team member (up to 3 per startup) receives a stipend (contingent on completing the program). There are also opportunities to win additional prize money!
  • Access: Free office space from June through August 2018.
  • Smile: Our teams get tons of marketing exposure and public relations promotion.
  • Real Support: Our alumni consistently tell us that VVM and Western Massachusetts was the most welcoming environment they had ever worked in as entrepreneurs.
  • Authentic Relationship Building: You don't build a relationship overnight.  VVM's Collegiate Accelerator carefully creates deep connections with your peers and opportunities for you to meet potential advisors, partners, and investors multiple times so relationships can grow.
  • InclusionVVM supports diversity and inclusion in our community and in all of our programs. We are proud that startups of all industries, and founders of all stripes, thrive at VVM. 
I’ve seen some of the best accelerators and biggest demo days across the country, but I must say the folks at VVM are doing something very special in Western Massachusetts.
— Nick Moran, The Full Ratchet Podcast, 2016 Startup Accelerator Judge

THE PROGRAM

The Collegiate Accelerator’s core training, meetings, and events will run from June 25th through August 22nd. 

Startups will be challenged by industry expert-led sessions, peer-to-peer group exercises, choose-your-own workshops, and “Shark Tank”-like practice judging sessions. Outside of the core training sessions, startups will spend the bulk of their time testing their hypothesis by engaging directly with mentors and potential customers/partners.

SELECTION SCHEDULE

  • December 1, 2017 : Round 1 - Application Due
  • February 15, 2018 @ 11:59 PM EST: Applications Close
  • February 22, 2018: Round 2 - Peer Review Due
  • March 21, 2018: Round 3 - Screening Party
  • March 29, 2018: Invitations extended

PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

  • Orientation: April 18, 2018
  • Mentorship Meeting: May 9, 2018
  • Startup Accelerator Awards: May 24, 2018
  • Mentorship Graduation: June 13, 2018
  • Programming: June 25 - August 21, 2018
  • Graduation: August 22, 2018

ACCELERATOR AND COMPETITION RULES

Please be sure to read and understand the rules before applying. 

What 2017 Accelerator Participants Said About The Program:

I made connections with amazing people who not only are my friends but are part of my network.
I learned about the value of vetting ideas and being able to get rid of the bad ones faster.
I would give up my summer again to help my business grow and take advantage of the amazing resources.
I am a different person. My understanding of business and entrepreneurship has grown so much.
Even though I took courses, this was reality - we used what we learned on a real business.

QUESTIONS?

Check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or email Stephannie, Program Manager.