The 100 leaders accelerating the companies of tomorrow

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Accelerators are the programs that propel many startups to success using a combination of mentoring, experience and capital; who are the 100 most influential leaders in this field?

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One of the most common features of the tech landscape today is the startup accelerator.
There are over 200 separate programs in the US alone.
The model encompasses mentorship, funding, access to a network of other entrepreneurs, and a space for entrepreneurs and their ideas to mature in safe surroundings.

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What Corporate Incubators and Accelerators Mean for Your Business

7. HOW IMPORTANT ARE CORPORATE INCUBATOR AND ACCELERATORS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

With a host of companies under his belt, serial entrepreneur Rich Schmelzer launched his latest company, Boulder, Colo.-based GeoPalz, pretty much the only way he knew how. He bootstrapped.

But then a funny thing happened: Schmelzer met the Swoosh.

Yes, that Swoosh–Nike. Schmelzer’s company makes the iBitz, a personal activity monitor for kids. And late last year, when Nike announced it was launching a special accelerator for startups developing high-tech solutions that could leverage the Nike+ platform, it was serendipity.

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MBA or Accelerator: What’s Right for an Aspiring Entrepreneur?

5. MBA VS ACCELERATOR 2

The benefits of an MBA program:

1. An MBA will provide you with the knowledge you need to get your business started and help prevent some silly mistakes that other beginning entrepreneurs make.

2. When pursuing an MBA you are provided access to the university’s resources, programs, talent pool and alumni networks.

3. The total experience will help you establish a baseline of business credibility with potential customers, partners and investors.

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Top 10 Questions to Ask for an Accelerator Startup

4. 10 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN APPLYING TO DO A STARTUP ACCELERATOR

Dying to be the next Dropbox or Airbnb to emerge from a rock star startup accelerator? Get in line. The market for early stage funding for hot startup brainchildren is bursting at the seams.

If you hook up with the right accelerator, you could tap into a wealth of vital resources to get your business idea off the ground, including the capital to take your idea from concept to product to launch.

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What Entrepreneurs Need to Know

3. DUE TO DILIGENCE ON ACCELERATORS

An accelerator, the latest buzzword used at economic-development agencies and universities, is a short-term, high-intensity program led by mentors. It may provide seed capital for participating enterpreneurs to test a business model.

On the surface the growth in accelerator programs may seem to benefit entrepreneurs — and in many cases it does. But this also means entrepreneurs need to be more selective and diligent than ever.

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