Help shape the future of smart cities, and be transformed in the process!
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If your startup is innovating in any of the focus areas shown below, this is the program for you. The SU Smart City Accelerator will provide an intense, hands-on, customized experience in the heart of Smart City activity in Columbus, Ohio. You’ll learn how to apply exponential thinking and rapidly accelerating technologies to devise innovative solutions that will have far-reaching scope and impact. Need more guidance? See our FAQ below.
Ready to dig deeper? Here are answers to the questions we’re asked most often.
We have five focus areas:
We’re actively looking for startups with sufficient demonstrated traction to prove that they’re offering real solutions to the problems they seek to solve. Traction comes in many forms, and good indicators are:
Startups need to meet the following eligibility criteria:
Having two co-founders ensures that your company’s development during the program will translate after program completion. We do not accept solo founders
Your business can be based anywhere. However, if you are not incorporated in the US, we cannot invest money in your company (nor can a VC in the United States). Most companies form a Delaware C entity. We recommend speaking with your lawyer about the best way to incorporate, as we can’t offer legal counsel.
No, but see the above question.
The mission of our accelerator program is to network, expand, and accelerate your company.
Our primary goal is to network you with an unparalleled set of advisors, corporates, development organizations, mentors, and funders, and plug you into the worldwide SU community. Among a host of notable achievements, our mentors have: developed the first prototype of Google glass, designed the UX for the Big Dog robot, and funded over 30 medtech companies with a cumulative market cap exceeding $50 billion.
In addition to networking, we will provide you with business and technology experts who will expand your thinking. This expansion phase will help you optimize and redesign aspects of your business for long-term sustainability.
Our program is highly customized to accelerate your company and help you attain your specific goals. We will work closely you to achieve your 6-month aims in a 10-week program.
The 2017 Smart City Accelerator (Columbus) is closed.
Application period: May 15, 2017 – July 31, 2017
Accelerator: September 12, 2017 – November 17, 2017
Overall, we aim to keep programming light so that you can focus on doing the work to move your product forward. During the first 2 weeks, we will have more touch points with the entire class. As the program continues, we will shift to more customized engagements with each team.
The program takes place in Downtown Columbus Ohio.
Due to the intense, hands-on nature of our program, we require you and your co-founder to attend in person. (Frankly, you wouldn’t want to do it any other way!)
We will connect you with lodging sources in Columbus, but we do not provide you with lodging.
We will be providing food during some of the programming and events. Otherwise, there are plenty of places nearby to eat, and you can also order food for delivery.
We will be happy to provide you with a visa letter, but we do not pay for your travel expenses.
There is no monetary cost to attend our Accelerator program. The program is fully covered by the deal terms of the investment. However, you will be responsible for your travel and living expenses.
Our team will work with you determine your metrics for success. Together, we will use these metrics to evaluate your progress during the program, and we’ll focus our collective efforts to help you achieve them.
In addition, our team will be checking in with you during the program to help ensure you’re on a path to success.