The Accelerator Academy is an accelerator program for advanced stage tech startups (within their first year, seeking up to £500k of seed investment). Our program is well established – we run three semesters a year and have helped over 100 graduate companies prepare to raise £25m+ of seed capital.
The Academy works with startup companies where there are at least 2 founders. We are looking to work with startup companies in their first year of trading and where their founders have made a full time commitment . We look for scaleable businesses, capable of delivering a 10x return on investment within a 5 year timescale. The Academy requires proof of concept (prototype, user data) and although companies can be pre-revenue or generating sales, we expect to see commercial interest (sales, orders, letters of intent). We prioritise companies whose founders have brilliant domain expertise, with some in house development / tech preferred to outsourced support.
We want exceptionally hard working founders, prepared to listen and learn, apply knowledge into their startup to build impressive businesses that can outrun the competition. Our preference is for disruptive tech. We work across B2B / B2C and B2B2C
Evidence of prior founder investment (skin in the game) is increasingly the norm (ideally cash invested, salary sacrifice, or debt / equity raised). Once accepted we expect absolute commitment to the trainings sessions and mentor meetings.
The Academy is funded by White Horse Capital, and training and workspace is subsidised by commercial partners. The Accelerator Academy receives an option to buy shares in the selected and supported companies.