Startdoms Accelerator

Flexible Acceleration Program

Startdoms Master Accelerator

In our attempt to create prosperity with the power of entrepreneurship, we decided to focus on building high growth businesses. So, we take startups from the idea stage to product/ market fit!

We created a flexibly structured 3-month program of acceleration that will ensure the viability of the startup!  You have a choice to have the mentorship and teaching completely online, so that you do not have to spend any time on commuting.

The startups go through a simple selection process in order to ensure the viability and scalability of the future business. After you submit your application (an email with your idea), we will hold a meeting to talk extensively about your business model, aspirations and capabilities.

In principle, we accept individuals or teams who want to create a scalable, high growth business. This means that the startup should have a tech element, either an innovative technology or an innovative way to find, keep and grow its customers.

You can start any time you want! Since this is a virtual program, there is no set date to begin the process! Even so, you will still have the chance to participate in our local events (if you wish), and exchange expertise with startups and veteran entrepreneurs alike.

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Acceleration Method

Virtual Teaching

All of the lectures are delivered in videos and/ or podcasts. The participant should revise the material in the beginning of the week and then follow the instructions and complete the assessments. The material ideally would be revised at the end of the week over email or during the mentorship session.

There are pdf files with further explanations, examples and other material. They should be read every week in conjuction with the videos and podcasts.

The assignments are clearly marked in separate files.

Mentorship

If you opt for mentorship, you will be assigned a specific mentor/ advisor in the beginning of the program, who will follow you until the end! S/he will have an overall view of your progress and will be responsible for your development as a startup. In between sessions you will also get to meet other mentors who will help you progress in the different stages.

All mentorship sessions take place on Skype or Google Hangouts. The exact time and place is arranged individually between mentor and program participant. They last half an hour every week. Both parties are responsible for being prepared for the meetings.

You will also be able to meet our mentors in our exclusive Leicester events.

Each mentorship session costs £50 pounds.

Assignments

We set assignments which should be completed weekly according to our guidelines. If you wish to work on something other than the specific assignment, this will be negotiated weekly with the mentors. We expect you to complete them on time for the next meeting and to present accurate data to the mentor. All of the assignments are designed to accelerate your startup and they are strictly relevant to your interests. On the whole, the assignments will be taking your startup from one stage to the next weekly.

Events

There are regular events for startups in Leicester. In these events you will get the chance to exchange ideas, find partners, collaborate with professionals, meet mentors and investors. You are free to participate actively in these events, as often as that is possible, so that you become an organic member of our growing community.

Pitch Testing

We will arrange to test your pitch in front of the mentors, before you appear in front of the investors. The purpose of these face-to-face meetings is to get use to presenting your work in an appropriate manner.

Testimonials

I run my own small creative business; crystallised , specialising in architectural 3d visualisations. Business was good but I felt it needed a fresh input to gather some traction & diversify my portfolio. I approached Startdoms, intrigued, having heard good things, but a little unsure whether they could help a more traditional non-tech business like mine: From what I heard, Incubate specialises in developing, testing, growing & scaling novel innovative, tech internet based ideas into a fully-fledged funded backed start-ups. I Had no new ideas, so the first event I attended “where do business ideas come from” was my attempt to deal with the fact that if your competing with other business (like me), there’s always going to be someone who can deliver faster and cheaper. This got me thinking on a new wavelength making sure to keep my mind open to how I could adapt my business, innovatively to beat the competition, utilise my expertise to find a gap in the market or even create one! Having wandered about new possibilities I decided I signed up to a few more events; I was able to meet lots of people & spread the word of my business. I picked up quite a few contacts & felt that I was starting to integrate into the community well. I was even able to offer my own insights, which I felt, were appreciated & valued. I even met a Start-up up group that hired me to do an architectural animation to promote their product! Having now met quite a few people, worked with them & familiarised myself with the community and their teachings I decided to attend the startdom weekend, which I heard was very intense. I was right & glad I was prepared; It started on Friday night and continued first thing on Saturday & Sunday mornings right through until the evening where we continued to brainstorm into the evening over drinks. During the daytime, everyone got a chance to pitch & pick the best ideas, forming groups with the help of the multi-disciplined experienced mentors. Lectures & assignments were given along with advice & feedback really streamlining & accelerating the process; so much so, that by the end of the weekend, our team was made and offer to form a partner ship with the founders of Incubate! Notebits was born. We are now going through an intense 3-month process of customer development; we will have interviewed 200 people by Christmas with 20 Early Adopters. The help of the mentors has helped direct the start-up along an accelerated, user-centric path, generating results quickly, providing feedback on the viability of our product & how exactly to adapt/pivot. Looking back, less than 3 months ago now, unsure if Startdoms would be compatible, I’m glad I made that decision. The skills and expertise I’ve picked up are transferable to my business. Ever since Google campus was built in London I’ve always thought “wouldn’t it be great to have the equivalent in Leicester” I really Appreciate the initiative of  Dr Constantina Katsari  and recommend it to any small - medium sized business even if your not predominantly tech based.  
Edward Woolley, Startup

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