This practice guide explains how accelerator programmes work and supports you to think practically about setting up your own programme.
Over the past decade, a new wave of programmes designed to support early stage startups have sprung up across the globe. Known as accelerators, these programmes have helped to produce some huge successes – including names such as AirBnB and Dropbox. However, a large number of accelerated companies still struggle to find follow on funding, and becoming a financially sustainable accelerator programme is no easy task.
The aim of this Practice Guide, therefore, is to help you understand some of the key choices and challenges you’ll need to think about if you're considering building a programme of your own.
It does this by bringing together common practices and patterns to highlight and frame the decisions facing policymakers, investors or anyone interested in the creation and running of these programmes.
Innovation Skills Team