Time to Put the Brakes on Accelerators?
Accelerator programs are here to stay. Or are they?
As the startup ecosystem evolves and as mainstream industries incorporate technology in everyday systems and products, what is the best way to support early-stage businesses?
There are now hundreds of accelerator programs around the world, and the quality of the content and their mentor pools varies massively. Can the model be improved to better de-risk development and find market fit sooner? Or is the studio model pioneered by the likes of Betaworks and Makeshift the future of early-stage startups?
Join in the debate as we explore the past, present and future of startup programs.
- Is the accelerator model tired and in need of a revamp? What does best practice reveal?
- Are the needs of early-stage startups changing?
- Will accelerators continue to refine and highlight teams, or is there enough knowledge and experience now available for teams to better themselves?
- As the accelerator model spreads from city to city, what can be done to ensure the quality of applicants - and programs - is maintained?
- If technology and startup clusters are ubiquitous in the future, do accelerators and incubators really have a role? How do they need to adapt to provide value?
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