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Programme overview

Our mission is to enable and nurture venture creation out of the University of Cambridge.

Accelerate Cambridge offers a structured approach of three-month programmes that combine entrepreneurship training, regular coaching and mentoring, as well as access to shared workspace.

Pre-Accelerate

Pre-Accelerate

Idea and customer development

  • three-month structured programme
  • entrepreneurship education
  • weekly coaching
  • regular mentoring
  • access to shared workspace

Accelerate

Accelerate

Product development and distribution

  • three-month structured programme
  • entrepreneurship training
  • bi-weekly coaching
  • regular mentoring
  • access to shared workspace

Accelerate Plus

Accelerate Plus

Go-to-market, bootstrapping and fundraising

  • three-month structured programme
  • entrepreneurship training
  • bi-weekly coaching
  • regular mentoring
  • access to shared workspace

Accelerate Star

Accelerate Star

Growth

  • up to 18 months
  • training
  • monthly coaching
  • regular mentoring
  • access to funding
  • access to shared workspace

Strong support is essential for the success of early stage ventures. Our structured programmes:

  • accelerate maturation and growth
  • prevent common mistakes, including becoming side-tracked
  • connect people and resources

We help teams of entrepreneurs turn an idea into a business, launch, and then keep going. Accelerate Cambridge is part of an ecosystem of support for entrepreneurs in Cambridge and will help you to navigate your way through it and find the resources you need.

Our Accelerate Cambridge programmes will provide you with expert advice and mentoring on topics including: 

  • ideation, idea shaping and initial screening
  • discovering the most promising applications for your knowledge or technology
  • research and customer development
  • protecting your intellectual property
  • developing a compelling customer value proposition
  • sales and traction
  • branding and marketing
  • establishing evidence of genuine customer demand
  • understanding the competitive landscape
  • accessing resources within the value chain
  • building a team
  • bootstrapping and fundraising
  • raising financial capital and dealing with investors
  • designing your business model
  • pitching your idea and crafting a fundable business plan

Upcoming programmes

Our three-month accelerator programmes will be held in:

Michaelmas 2016

September - December 2016

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