Using Startup Next To Get Your Company Accelerator-Ready

Getting into an accelerator is increasingly difficult. While there has been a proliferation accelerators around the world, there has simultaneously been a dramatically increasing number of companies applying to accelerators. In my world, supply and demand never balances out, so if you are on the application side of this equation, it’s important to do everything you can to improve your chances.

UP Global, an organization that I’m on the board of which is the umbrella organization for Startup WeekendStartup EducationStartup Digest, and Startup Week, has just rolled out a new program called Startup Next. I participated in an early version of it and am psyched to see it ready for prime time.

Startup Next is a five week program that acts as a “pre-accelerator” – something between a Startup Weekend and a Techstars. Over the five weeks, there is a weekly three hour session. Through a structured approach of group discussions, mentor sessions, and weekly pre-work deliverables, startups walk away with the skills needed to validate your business idea, a clear understanding of your customer development strategy, a completed market and competitive analysis, a MVP and, an investor ready pitch deck.

Once the five weeks are over, the best teams get to present their companies to the heads of various accelerators. This is being done in partnership with the Global Accelerator Network which is a network of over 50 of the top accelerators in the world.

The accelerator route is not for every entrepreneur, as there are as many different paths to building a startup. But if you want to go through an accelerator, it helps to stack the deck in your favor and I think pre-accelerator programs like Startup Next can be really valuable, not only in helping you fine tune your business, but getting you broad exposure to some of the best accelerators in the world.

I’m excited to see my friends at UP Global and the Global Accelerator Network teaming up on this. And look for some magic accelerator stuff from FG Press coming in July.

  • http://up.co ChetCrunch

    Great job to Matt French, Peter Marculans and Dave Parker on revamping this program. We’re all excited to see where it goes here at UP!

  • http://up.co ChetCrunch

    Great job to Matt French, Peter Marculans and Dave Parker on revamping this program. We’re all excited to see where it goes here at UP!

  • Matt French

    Thanks for the support Brad.

  • Matt French

    Thanks for the support Brad.

  • Sergio A. Escobar

    Congrats Matt French, Peter Marculans and Dave Marker for accomplishing this! Amazing! Thanks Brad for the support. Happy to know you are coaching 1 startup from Montreal – Canada

  • Sergio A. Escobar

    Congrats Matt French, Peter Marculans and Dave Marker for accomplishing this! Amazing! Thanks Brad for the support. Happy to know you are coaching 1 startup from Montreal – Canada

  • Mike Chan

    Love it. I was a student at one of the first Startup Weekend Next classes in Washington DC and the knowledge I gained was invaluable. Now I’m an SW organizer and can’t wait to help others access similar knowledge.

    The issue with SW Next in the past was that there wasn’t a “next” step after the class, so this repositioning of the program as a pre-accelerator makes so much sense. Great job to the UPGlobal team!

    I think there still is a bit of a gap between a Startup Weekend event and NEXT, as many teams fall off after a SW event. We’ll figure that one out soon…

    Again, kudos to everyone involved!

  • Mike Chan

    Love it. I was a student at one of the first Startup Weekend Next classes in Washington DC and the knowledge I gained was invaluable. Now I’m an SW organizer and can’t wait to help others access similar knowledge.

    The issue with SW Next in the past was that there wasn’t a “next” step after the class, so this repositioning of the program as a pre-accelerator makes so much sense. Great job to the UPGlobal team!

    I think there still is a bit of a gap between a Startup Weekend event and NEXT, as many teams fall off after a SW event. We’ll figure that one out soon…

    Again, kudos to everyone involved!

  • youshouldknow

    Sorry to bring it up here, but I can’t find any other way to contact you.

    The links to your Term Sheet Series posts are broken in the posts in which you list them all (“Revisiting” and “Wrap Up”).

    E.g. for Liquidation Preference, instead of going to:
    http://www.feld.com/archives/2005/01/term-sheet-liquidation-preference.html

    it goes to:
    http://www.feld.com/archives/2005/01/term-sheet-liqu.html

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Hmm – these are both redirecting to the right place for me. Can you check again? Just email me – brad@feld.com – if you are still finding an issue.

  • ObjectMethodology.com

    “Getting into an accelerator is increasingly difficult.”
    .
    Do you think it’s time for a disruption?