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Venture Accelerator

The Labs Venture Accelerator isn’t for the faint-hearted. This intense accelerator will show you how to turn your early stage technology startup into a sustainable,  market-ready business. You’ll gain a powerful connection to a broad network of resources and an ally who can help you navigate the path to commercialization, accelerating the process at every step. Upon graduation from the 12-week program, select startups may be invited to enter full-time incubation at TechTown.

Applications for the spring 2014 session are now closed.

The program covers

How it works

The curriculum behind the Labs Venture Accelerator is based on The Startup Owner’s Manual, a step-by-step business development guide written by famed serial entrepreneurs Steve Blank and Bob Dorf. The program also uses the Business Model Canvas to help each startup develop its unique business strategies.

Startups accepted into the program will generally meet for facilitated classes on Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m., and on one or two Saturdays. Webinars on Wednesdays will require an additional hour of time. Outside of scheduled sessions, startups will focus on pursuing customer validation and acceptance by speaking to 100 target customers to gain a keen understanding of the problems they face and what drives their purchasing decisions.

The program culminates with a showcase, where each startup pitches to industry experts, local stakeholders, and potential partners and investors.

Upon program completion, select startups will enter incubation at TechTown. Incubation includes:

Depending on timing, some startups may be able to incubate prior to participation in the Labs Venture Accelerator.

Eligibility requirements

Target technologies

Application process

The Labs Venture Accelerator runs twice a year. Applications for the session launching April 5 are now closed. Stay tuned for future dates.


There is a non-refundable application fee of $50.

For more information

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Venture Accelerator