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Technology - Accelerator

Technology Accelerator

The Tech Accelerator program supports market ready technology startups execute their go-to-market strategies, acquire customers, and prepare for fundraising.

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What to expect

Develop and strengthen your knowledge on growth foundations & fundraising strategies through educational workshops and focused sprints.

Engage with experienced mentors, program advisors, & industry experts to strategize and execute on your growth goals.

Take part in exclusive Mastermind programming, designed to elevate your leadership skills.

Access over $60k in startup support and up to $30K in cash awards.

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Community

Build connections with fellow entrepreneurs that share the same mindset and goals. Gain access to various events and programming to build long lasting relationships with our community of 600+ founders.

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Leadership development

The program will feature ample opportunities for hands-on experience, accountability sessions, customized mentorship, and dedicated growth hours with key partners in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Growth frameworks

Develop the sales and marketing playbook needed to scale your venture. Founders work with dedicated growth mentors who provide strategic & tactical guidance for founders to build their growth foundations.

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Milestone driven

Our programs are goal driven, using proven frameworks that put founders in the driver seat while we help them reach their end destination.

Timeline

Applications open

January 22nd, 2024

Applications Close

March 4, 2024

Program kick off day

May 2024

Weekly Sessions

May - August 2024

Demo day

September 2024

Application process

Step: One

Companies apply online via the application form linked below.

Step: Two

Short-listed candidates invited to interview in March.

Step: Three

Candidates finalized in April.

Step: Four

If you have any questions about the application process, email us at yspace@yorku.ca

Program eligibility

  • Companies need to have an MVP launched in the market already with at least some early traction (while we typically define early traction by revenue, exceptions can be made for highly innovative deep tech products)
  • Innovative tech products and a high growth business potential
  • Driven, coachable and collaborative founders with a growth mindset
  • This is a hybrid program. Selected cohort will be expected to engage in 1 week of in-person activities each month.

Frequently asked

We are looking for Full-Time Founders who are driven, coachable, and have a growth mindset. The ideal company has either launched or will have a product in the market by May 2024, with a focus on developing traction and unlocking their roadmap to scale.

No, the program is sector agnostic. All the resources and support are focused on technology-based ventures across all industries.

NOTHING! It is a free program for everyone and we do not take any equity in the company!

The program is open to everyone in the community, as long as they are dedicated founders who are willing to put in the time and commitment to grow the venture.

The program runs from the beginning of May to the end of August with a Demo Day scheduled for end of September for the Top 5 ventures. On a weekly basis, the venture should devote a minimum of 5 hours for workshops, mentorship sessions, and office hours.

There are five (5) key components within the program:

  • Monthly Mastermind Sessions for leadership development led by a trained facilitator
  • Hands-on workshops on venture growth frameworks with leading industry experts
  • Office hours with a private network of investors, industry experts, and growth advisors
  • A dedicated EiR mentor that has insights into the industry that your venture is disrupting
  • Engaging in an active community of over 700 ventures and like-minded peers supporting your journey

A maximum of 10-15 ventures will be chosen for the accelerator.

It is hard to measure the impact or value of the program as it will be different for everyone involved. However, the program offers over $60k worth of startup support paid for by YSpace, York University via the Mastermind sessions, dedicated mentorship, exclusive startup perks, and office hours with growth mentors.

In addition, the Top 3 ventures will compete for up to $30,000 in cash prize. Equity Free!

Applications for the 2024 cohort are open until March 4th at 11:59PM EST. Apply here now!

The program has a hybrid format. Majority of the content will be delivered virtually, with a blend of in-person component. Ventures are expected to be on-site for 1 week of each month. Reach out to yspace@yorku.ca if you have questions about the format.

Apply

Applications for the 2024 cohort are now open until March 4th, 11:59PM EST.

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For more information, please contact us at
yspace@yorku.ca
416-736-2100 ext. 44940