The accelerator runs twice a year. September through December and February through May. The next accelerator kicks off February 11, 2019.
Fall 2018 Cohort Timeline:
May 15 - Applications Open
July 2 - Applications Close
July 9-13 - Full application review and selection
July 16-20 - Finalist Interviews
July 23 - Notifications sent to applicants
Do you have an idea and a need for expertise around how to turn it into a viable startup?
We bridge the gap.
We invest in the earliest stage of a company's lifecycle and guide entrepreneurs as they validate and iterate into viable businesses. We make this investment in time, design and development services, and access to mentors and capital.
The accelerator is the first stop in testing a new idea. Catamaran provides training, design, engineering, strategy, business consultation, and mentoring for entrepreneurs to gain traction with customers.
Catamaran wants startups who've done their homework and recognize a problem or opportunity space that their solution fits into. We are looking for at least 2 co-founders, typically with complimentary backgrounds (technical lead and creative design) who are in the idea-phase of their company with the ability to commit to the accelerator on a full time basis. Their startup does have to be a for-profit entity that is legally formed by the time they join the accelerator.
Learn more about our alumni who have gone through the Accelerator
We can help with that too. We welcome enterprise partners to send an employee team to accelerate a business opportunity or we can explore bringing this offering to you through our Innovation Transfer Acceleration program. Innovating inside a large organization? LET US KNOW
The building blocks for our program are:
Determine an appropriate path to market and a strategy to launch your business.
Connections to valuable resources - time, talent, mentorship and expertise.
Understand your product or service, how it fills a pressing need and how the business model works.
Technical development resources to support a prototype build. We get you to a minimum viable product (MVP) so you can launch.
Equity: 3% that goes into the Catamaran Foundation. When one company wins, all companies win. The Catamaran Foundation distributes earnings from the 3% equity across cohort companies and a grant fund to continue supporting the development of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Central Pennsylvania.
Our multidisciplinary team is built around three core competencies: Design, Strategy and Engineering. We don't just think up ideas, we bring them to life.