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Startup Accelerator

A startup accelerator program provides startups with financial investment, education, mentorship and networking that can help transform their early-stage companies into a successful business venture.

If you're thinking about starting a business and need help to get it off the ground, you might consider applying for a startup accelerator program.

A seed accelerator is a program that provides startups with seed funding, mentorship and support to build their businesses. Typically, seed accelerators have an application process that involves review of a startup's idea and technology. The application process varies, but typically selection occurs in two rounds with the second round consisting of more detailed due-diligence on the business plan and technology.

The program culminates in a public pitch event or demo day where general partners of the fund, mentors and the startup present to private investors and venture capitalists. Accelerators offer the opportunity to source startup funding from angel investors, venture capital firms and super angel investors.

Other Terms

Investment Memo

An investment memo (also known as a deal memo or deal memorandum)is a crisp and clear way to layout and pitch your company to potential investors. Memos are a clear and concise document to lay out strategic vision, rationale, and expectations for an investment, project, product or strategy.

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Venture Capital

A venture capital firm is usually a private partnership that are funded by wealthy individuals and organisations. Larger investment banks, pension funds, and even university endowments also invest in VC firms. In some cases, companies themselves provide capital to VC firms.

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Angel Investor

An angel investor is considered to be high-net-worth individuals who invests their own money (i.e., funds from their personal savings or from capital that they have earned from the sale of other business interests) in startups and small, growing firms.

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Investment Allocation

The investment allocation is the portion of the total round that is set aside for a specific investor. This is usually communicated in dollars but can be expressed as a percentage of the total round. For example, 100,000 or 14% of the round.

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Startup Accelerator

A startup accelerator program provides startups with financial investment, education, mentorship and networking that can help transform their early-stage companies into a successful business venture.

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Accredited Investor

An accredited investor is a person or group with enough wealth to be able to make certain types of investment.

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Venture Partner

A person, usually loosely associated with a venture capital firm, who helps the firm source new deals, find new limited partners, evaluate incoming startups, or help startups in the portfolio.

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Scout

In startups and venture capital, a scout is a person who helps investors source new deals.

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