The Conquer Accelerator program, designed to help both startups and established companies overcome business hurdles, is accepting applications for its Season Three Cohort, which launches in June 2018.

Conquer Accelerator stresses smart planning and growth, extensive mentorship from an experienced team of professionals and structured educational modules.

“The Conquer Accelerator acts as a final launching platform for startups from MSU and beyond, preparing companies to hit the ground running,” says Paul Jaques, Conquer Accelerator’s program director. “Our program puts the finishing touches on startup teams and prepares them for investment.”

Any qualifying business may apply to the Conquer Accelerator. Selected teams receive a $20,000 investment in exchange for a convertible note and work through an intensive ten-week program. Conquer Accelerator teams also receive one-on-one mentorship and support, a creative working space, and resources to enable them to grow their startup companies.

“We’re pleased to see how this program grows, year-over-year,” said Tom Stewart, the business accelerator’s program manager. “This year, we are excited to see finalists from GreenLIght Michigan Business Model Competition will have the opportunity to be automatically considered for entry into the program.”

The 10 weeks in the Conquer Accelerator program aims on carrying out specific goals and works with mentors and instructors on topics like fundraising, technology and sustainability. Conquer concludes with demo day presentations with investors.

Startup applicants should reflect the following attributes:

  • Products or services that solve problems for specific target customers
  • Capital-efficient business
  • Scalable distribution or proven ability to scale sales
  • Simple revenue model
  • Functional prototype or prior product success
  • Measurable traction
  • Three or more members in a cross-functional team

Applications close March 30, 2018.

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