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. 

The Collegiate Accelerator is an intensive 8 week bootcamp for new startup ventures. In this program, founders learn Lean startup principles to help them launch and grow an innovative new businesses.

PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

  • Virtual Orientation: June 4 , 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Monday, June 25 - Friday, June 29, 2018 - The Jolt Week 1
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Tuesday, July 3 & Thursday, July 5, 2018 - Week 2                                                        (Note: Closed on Wednesday, July 4)  
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM -  Tuesday, July 10 - Thursday, July 12, 2018 - Week 3
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM -  Tuesday, July 17 - Thursday, July 19, 2018 - Week 4
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM -  Tuesday, July 24 - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - Week 5
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM -  Tuesday, July 31 - Thursday, August 2, 2018 - Week 6
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM -  Tuesday, August 7 - Thursday, August 9, 2018 - Week 7 
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM -  Tuesday, August 14 - Thursday, August 16, 2018 - Week 8
  • Graduation Prep -  Tuesday, August 21, 2018 
  • Graduation: August 22, 2018: Cohort Showcase & Awards Party

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.