Startup Accelerator

For the community, by the community. We do not take equity; we only provide value.


January 17 - April 4 2017

Tuesday evenings, 6-8pm at Benjamin's Desk in Washington Square
Cost: $250 per team

Community

A group of peers and founders working together.

Mentors

Previously Rick Nucci (Guru), Robert J. Moore (RJMetrics), Gabriel Weinberg (DuckDuckGo), and others.

Weekly Events

Exclusive events for entrepreneurs participating in the PSL accelerator.

Demo Day

Pitch to investors to raise awareness of your startup.

FAQ

Q: How much time each week will I spend on accelerator-related activities?
You’ll spend two hours on educational programming each week and one hour with your team’s mentor every other week. The rest of the time is spent building your company.
Q: How many companies will be accepted into the program?
5-7
Q: Do I have to give up any equity?
No
Q: Will we receive any funding?
Not from the accelerator; however, you will develop strategies and tactics for pitching to investors. The program also includes a demo day where teams will pitch to local investors.
Q: Will you sign an NDA? How do I know you won't steal my idea?
Just like other accelerators and VC firms, we do not sign NDAs. We will respect the confidentiality of your venture / idea.
Q: We’ve been working on our startup for awhile. Is the accelerator appropriate for us?
We are happy to work with more established startups. In fact, you are required to have a product or at least an MVP that's ready to market and iterate on.
Q: Do I have to be in the Philly area?
Yes, all of the events will take place in Philly, and we don't have a way for people to participate remotely.
Q: Does our company need to be incorporated?
No, the current legal status of your startup does not matter to us.
Q: Where will the events take place?
Events will mainly take place at Benjamin’s Desk Washington Square (7th & Walnut).
Q: Do I need co-founders?
Teams of two or more are more likely to succeed, and that's what we recommend for startups.
Q: What is the timeline of the program?
Applications will be accepted starting Oct 1 and ending Nov 1, interviews will take place Nov 15-30, finalists will pitch during Founder Factory conference on Dec 8, and classes will take place from Jan 17 through Apr 4.

Further questions? Contact programming@phillystartupleaders.org