Governments around the world recognize the importance of entrepreneurs and start-up companies as a driver of economic growth, jobs, wealth creation and innovation. National and regional development agencies and stakeholders have established a range of supports and programs to motivate, assist and accelerate entrepreneurs along their start-up journey including intensive start-up accelerator programs and medium-term incubation programs. The typical accelerator programme takes a small cohort of entrepreneurs/start-up teams through a 3-6 month program culminating in an investor showcase. During acceleration, start-ups are simultaneously trying to learn, do and deliver results as program managers. In addition, mentors work with them to educate the team and accelerate the business. Increasingly stakeholders in high performing start-up ecosystems are introducing Pre-Accelerator Programs as a first phase support to entrepreneurs and start-up teams. Pre-acceleration aims to foster an entrepreneurial mindset, introduce start-up tools and methodologies, validate problem/solution fit, build ecosystem engagement, and propel early-stage ventures to the next development phase.
This training program will introduce best-in-class methodologies, practical implementation insights and provide participants with a clear roadmap, structured approach and tools to plan, establish and manage pre-accelerator programs in their own organization or region. The program covers 12 modules (set out below). It will be delivered virtually, one day per week over a 4-week period with 3 modules covered on each day. On completion of the 4-day program participants will receive a certificate of completion. Participants can expect to have;
- Developed a comprehensive view of pre-acceleration activity and its value in venture development
- Deep insight into what a venture needs. Awareness of why start-ups fail and appreciation of the discipline and process that creates maximum impact
- Accessed best practices, tools, techniques, resources and skills required to run successful pre-accelerator programs
- Scoped out the design of their own pre-accelerator initiative through a guided support process
- Expanded their network of international acceleration domain experts
Who is this program for?
- National and regional government agency staff responsible for entrepreneurship policy and program design
- Program managers and administrators currently delivering accelerator and incubator programs
- Trainers, business advisors and mentors involved in delivery or start-up programs
- Management and staff of higher education institutes and research centres responsible for commercialization of research and promoting entrepreneurship
- Corporates seeking to foster a culture of intrapreneurship within their organization
- Donor and corporate sponsors responsible for funding entrepreneurship and start-up programs