The 2017 Accelerator
TIMELINE OVERVIEW & THE PROCESS
The Accelerator starts in January and ends in late May with the PresenTense Fellow Showcase.
Fellows meet almost every week in person as a group for a seminar, roundtable, or workshop. Fellows are also expected to meet with their Coach once per month outside of the times listed below.
All applicants are required to apply with a nomination key. See the application page for information on obtaining one.
Applications Due > Thursday, January 5, 2017
Speed Interviewing > Wednesday, January 25, 2017
All Accelerator activities take place outside of regular working hours (9am-6pm, Monday through Friday).
As a participant in the 2017 PresenTense NYC Accelerator, expect to spend one evening or Sunday per week attending Accelerator related workshops, speakers, and events.
ONE-ON-ONES > January 30- February 2
ACCELERATOR KICKOFF > Sunday, February 5
PROGRAMMING > Wednesday evenings and occasional Sunday mornings, February-May 2017
Roundtable speakers are not yet confirmed and subject to change. Peer clusters will happen on Roundtable evenings.
Through a Curriculum based on IDEO's Design Thinking, Fellows will learn the theories and practical tools in the following seminars:
· Introduction to Design Thinking
· Environmental Scanning
· Ideation & Prototyping
· Goals & Operations
· Building Your Model & Budgeting
· Friendraising & Financing
NETWORK & RESOURCES
All Fellows are matched with a Coach, have access to a network of Subject Matter Experts from the local community, and will learn from the experience of esteemed roundtable presenters.
THE FELLOWS AND THEIR VENTURES
The program fee is $1,200. Fellows will learn about fundraising during their final seminar, and may choose to fundraise or crowdfund for the participation fee. Funds raised above $1200 will go directly towards funding their venture. Alternatively, Fellows can choose to pay their fee upfront and out of pocket at any point during the Accelerator. Regardless, all Fellows will be required to pay a 50% deposit of $600 at the start of the program.
We expect all Fellows to commit fully to their idea and the process for the entirety of the five month program. We expect Fellows to push themselves outside of their comfort zone- changing the world ain't easy!
Each Fellow will map out their goals with the Accelerator Coordinator, and continually chart their growth throughout the Accelerator. Fellows are expected to attend all scheduled programming, and meet with Coaches and Subject Matter Experts. If a Fellow fails to attend regularly, they may be removed from the program.