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The Emerson Accelerator


Pitch your idea,

Build your team,

Start your business,

Before you graduate.

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The Emerson Accelerator


Pitch your idea,

Build your team,

Start your business,

Before you graduate.

The Accelerator is a two-year, extra-curricular opportunity for students to turn their passion into a profession.


Year 1

Define mission.

Design business plan.

Learn from mistakes.

Year 2

Pitch to investors.

Test business in real world.

Potential profit and impact.


Have an idea that would change an industry or change the world? Want to work for yourself?

Here's professional space, expert advice, and seed money you need to get started, without the red tape.

Go!

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Guidelines


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Guidelines


Keep your team small

Find a partner. Or go it alone. Student start-ups can have no more than two leaders and no more than four total members.

The best start-ups have members with different areas of focus and complementary skills.


Keep your idea simple

We're looking for ideas that you can explain to your grandparents. Your ability to articulate your vision and mission is key.


Keep your eye on the big picture

How does your business satisfy an unmet need?

Why has nobody before you done this?

If they have, how are you doing it differently?

How are you going to grow? How do you measure growth?

How do you measure success? Profit? Passion? Impact? All of the above?

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Resources


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Resources


You bring the idea and the team. Here's what Emerson will provide. 

 

SPACE

 

On-campus space where you feel comfortable holding a professional meeting.

Reserved for student start-ups to connect, collaborate, and create.


 

HUMAN CAPITAL

 

Executive Board

Four established professionals from across the country.

They admit teams, hear pitches each semester, and grant funds from pool.

MARK DONOVAN

PAUL SANTINELLI

DONNA LEVIN

TO BE ANNOUNCED


Mentors

Six innovative entrepreneurs in Boston.

They coach start-ups on a weekly basis in person, developing a close relationship with the team over all four semesters.

 

TO BE ANNOUNCED


Administrators

One current faculty member and two alumni.

They coordinate logistics, finance, space reservation, networking events, workshops, and guest speakers.



 

FINANCIAL CAPITAL

 

$6,000 total pool per semester, divided among start-ups based on merit.

 Students expend funds in accordance with their business plan, monitored by Mentors and the College.

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Questions


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Questions


Do I receive academic credit?

Not yet, it's currently extra-curricular. We're keeping the program simple, and may explore non-tuition academic credit in the future.

Currently, there are many great opportunities to explore entrepreneurship within the curriculum, such as the E3 Entrepreneurship Minor.


Do I have to do two years?

No. In fact, start-ups admitted to Year 1 do not automatically qualify for Year 2, and must re-apply to continue.

After Year 1, some start-ups may decide they need more time to revise their plan and re-apply to Year 1 before introducing it to the real world in Year 2.


Does the Accelerator or Emerson own my business or idea?

No. Only you and your team do.


Does this increase my tuition or cost me money?

No.


How do I organize the funds granted to my team?

After drafting a financial plan and partnership agreement, you will register your business and establish a linked bank account.


Can members of my team be non-Emerson students?

The Emerson Accelerator was created by the Emerson community and for the Emerson community.  All Team Leaders must be Emerson students, and the majority of team members must be enrolled Emerson undergraduate or graduate students.  If you wish to propose a team member who is not an Emerson student, we invite you to make the case.  That person should bring to the team a skill set that is critical to its work and that can't be found within the Emerson community. 


Can members of my team graduate before our startup finishes its time at the Accelerator?

Like non-Emerson students, recent graduates cannot be Team Leaders. If a member of your team is going to graduate before the end of your startup's time at the Accelerator, make the case for why that member is essential. 

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Apply!


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Apply!


We're accepting applications this spring!

Anyone with two, and ideally four, semesters remaining before graduation can apply before May 18, 2014.

The Executive Board will review your application, schedule a videoconference pitch session, and admit three teams during the summer.

The first Year 1 class begins with a speed-dating session between Mentors and start-ups in September, 2014.

To see the fine print that students in the Accelerator agree to, click here.

Name *
Name
Are you a product or service? Both? What is the market? What is your balance of technical and creative? How are you innovating or changing the current method? How do you engage the community and have impact?
Include names, graduation year, major, skills, and role on team, yourself included.
If admitted, how would you use the funds dedicated to your team? How would you spend the first $1,000? $2,000?