Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2018 Accelerator Cohort. The deadline to apply is July 2.
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 devlelopment services, and access to mentors and capital.
In three rigorous months, our practitioners come alongside startup teams to develop a tangible offering. We do this through:
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.
Determine an appropriate path to market and a strategy to launch your business.
Connections to valuable resources - time, talent, mentorship and expertise.
A well-articulated problem or opportunity space that your solution fits into is key to launching into user and market validation and product development activities central to the accelerator programming. The Catamaran Accelerator program follows a think/do framework, with a bias to action, fast failure and iteration. As much ideation as you can do prior to applying, the more rapidly we can assist you in bringing your solution to life.
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
Your side hustle now becomes your full-time. Participation in the Catamaran Accelerator requires full-time commitment from at least 2 people. Accepted companies are expected to be available Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. The next accelerator begins September 2018 - December 2018.
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 PA.
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.