Pitch in front early-stage investors and win a great cash prize.
WHAT OUR PAST PARTICIPANTS SAY
"The START Accelerator makes it easy for you to turn your ideas into reality."
"The START Accelerator programme gave us the opportunity to evolve our business idea, connect with great entrepreneurs and helped us pushing ourselves to work harder towards success."
"Thanks to the START Accelerator we were able to bring our first MVP into realization, using different methodologies such as design thinking, business model canvas and lean startup."
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
We organize workshops with renowned partners, which will focus on teaching you practical business skills and further bring insight to develop your startup. In every of our bootcamps we will offer workshops on topics for the phases Define, Build and Grow.
Part of our programme includes you being matched with our mentors, who come from different backgrounds such as entrepreneurs, business professionals and academia. Each mentor will then guide you individually during your 10-week acceleration.
As every successful startup you will need to further build your network. We provide you with access to our workshop partners, mentors and knowledge bank and furthermore organize community events for you to get to know each other.
At our final step you will have the opportunity to pitch your idea in front of investors and get the chance at winning our cash prize provided by START Accelerator.
After successful registration you will be granted access to our network of Coworking spaces, ranging across europe.
Our partners will provide you with useful tools.
Next to being assigned a personal mentor, you will have access to our knowledge bank of business professionals, entrepreneurs and academia, who are specialized in a certain field, in order to get further help on solving your specific business problems.
As we value good communication, we want to teach you the necessary skills of how to master a pitch. You will be learning this by doing it yourself in the one of biggest European startup event, START Summit, and in our bootcamp.
FUNDING RAISED BY OUR GRADUATES
Our accelerator programme is designed for early stage startups with the aim of giving them a boost from 0 to 100. In the START Accelerator we take the startups through 3 phases: Define, Build, Grow, bringing them from idea to market within 10 weeks. Furthermore you’ll be able to train your pitch, participate in workshops, get your own mentor and get exposure in front of Business Angels and Investors.
Every student or recent graduate with an idea and/or involvement in an early-stage startup can apply. For the local programme in St.Gallen/Zurich one team-member of the startup has to live in Switzerland.
Prepare your pitchdeck, fill out the registration form and submit your application. Registration ends at the 23.02.2019.
No, we are a non-profit student initiative. We do not take any equity/shares from the participating startups.
Our goal is that the whole programme will be free of charge for you. However, our bootcamp in Berlin requires additional ressources, that’s why we might need to charge a small travel fee. Therefore we are actively looking for partners to avoid the fee.
We do not provide funding per se, but our participating startups get the chance to win cash prizes at our investor night, at the end of the programme. There we provide networking opportunities with investors, which is a great chance to acquire the necessary funding.
The programmes are held locally: The St.Gallen/Zurich programme is held 50% in St.Gallen and 50% in Zurich with one weekend trip to Berlin.
Starting your own startup is hard work, especially as a student, and requires a lot of energy and focus – so is it doable? Absolutely and that is why we are here, to help you make your dreams reality. Think about it? If not now, when?
The START Accelerator is built around four two to three day bootcamps including the trip to Berlin. At the end of the programme an Investor Night awaits the startups.