The Impact Accelerator is a 4-month program designed to provide entrepreneurs with access to the knowledge, networks, and resources they need to grow their businesses and their impact. Our program focuses on connecting you to early stage customers and industry-specific experts and mentors, and on providing you with coaching along important start-up milestones.

The Impact Accelerator was recently a winner of the U.S. Small Business Administration Growth Accelerator Competition, and was the only Connecticut accelerator to receive the award in 2015.

 

What We Offer

The reSET Accelerator Program is a 4 month program designed to train and equip entrepreneurs in growing and scaling their startups following the principles of Disciplined Entrepreneurship.  Participants attend 4 summits, built to cover lean startup methodology, business model theory, product-market fit and innovative thinking through a combined curriculum of seminars, panel discussion, and hands-on workshops.  In addition, reSET offers multiple workshops covering areas such as branding, product marketing, pitching, investment legal 101s, and hiring beset practices.  The program also features numerous opportunities to work with the mentors and advisors from reSET’s extensive professional network.

Through our accelerator, you’ll have the opportunity to attend top entrepreneurial seminars led by field experts.  The seminars align with the disciplined entrepreneurship approach and focus on understanding customers, competitive positioning, and preparation steps for building and scaling your startup.

Mentors are a key component to the success of an entrepreneur, and their startup.  Our extensive mentor network comprises professionals from many industries who are seeking opportunities to help guide and support startups.  The large network size and high participation rate gives participants many opportunities for guidance.

Startup success is a lot of hard work and requires many tools and resources.  A vibrant and supportive community is a critical component.  Participants get direct access to the large reSET community where they can find support, guidance, suggestions, and customer leads.

Through our accelerator, you’ll have the opportunity to attend top entrepreneurial seminars led by field experts.  The seminars align with the disciplined entrepreneurship approach and focus on understanding customers, competitive positioning, and preparation steps for building and scaling your startup.

Mentors are a key component to the success of an entrepreneur, and their startup.  Our extensive mentor network comprises professionals from many industries who are seeking opportunities to help guide and support startups.  The large network size and high participation rate gives participants many opportunities for guidance.

Startup success is a lot of hard work and requires many tools and resources.  A vibrant and supportive community is a critical component.  Participants get direct access to the large reSET community where they can find support, guidance, suggestions, and customer leads.

Why Hartford?

Hartford and the surrounding areas offer many resources to support entrepreneurs.  Unlike Boston and New York City, Hartford doesn’t suffer from a well saturated market of startups.  This reduces some of the barriers to entry often faced by startups.

Despite being the capital city, landlocked Hartford features a bigger bang-for-your-buck than most average cities.  With easy access to affordable housing and a lower cost of living, entrepreneurs find Hartford an ideal city to launch and grow their startups.

Situated about half way between the two hubs and full of affordable transportation options, Hartford is an excellent place to base and grow your startup while remaining close to other major entrepreneurial hubs like Boston and New York City.

Hartford and the surrounding areas offer many resources to support entrepreneurs.  Unlike Boston and New York City, Hartford doesn’t suffer from a well saturated market of startups.  This reduces some of the barriers to entry often faced by startups.

Despite being the capital city, landlocked Hartford features a bigger bang-for-your-buck than most average cities.  With easy access to affordable housing and a lower cost of living, entrepreneurs find Hartford an ideal city to launch and grow their startups.

Situated about half way between the two hubs and full of affordable transportation options, Hartford is an excellent place to base and grow your startup while remaining close to other major entrepreneurial hubs like Boston and New York City.

Apply

Applications for the 2018 Accelerator, scheduled to run from January to May 2018, are open Now through December 8, 2017.

Click here to apply

We will be holding information sessions in October and November for potential applicants. Fill out the Request More Information form to be notified about these sessions, or check out our events page here. 

Orientation and Kick-off Night   –   January 11, 2018

Summit I  –  January 26/27

Summit II  –  February 23/24

Summit III  –  March 23/24

Summit IV  –  April 27/28

Venture Showcase  –  May 10, 2018

How many start-ups are accepted into the program? 

We usually accept between 15-20 startups  into the cohort. We find this number is optimal for fostering community and allowing each startup to benefit fully from the program.

 

Is there a cost to attend the program?/ Do you take equity? 

There is no cost to participate in the accelerator and we do not take any equity.

 

Are you looking for startups from a specific industry?

No, we welcome applicants from all industries and hope to have a diverse cohort.

 

Do you only accept Social Enterprises? 

No, we work with all entrepreneurs including those committed to making a social/environmental impact through their start-up.

 

What are some perks of being in the program?

Besides the great education and practicum opportunities we offer:

  • Free co-working (24/7 access)
  • Free professional office hours
  • Access to the full mentor network
  • Introductions to prospective customers
  • Networking opportunities
  • Funding guidance
  • Access to a summer intern (graduating start-ups can submit a project proposal for our incoming class of summer interns)

 

Where does programming take place?

All workshops and summits will take place at reSET’s office (1429 Park St STE 114 Hartford, CT). For those traveling from out of state, we are conveniently located close to Hartford’s Union Station which houses bus and train (Amtrak) terminals. We are also located walking distance to CT Fastrack.

 

Sounds great! How do I apply?

Please fill out the online application form here. The  application entails written answers as well as a 60 second pitch video (don’t worry about video quality, we just need to be able to see and hear you clearly).  After reviewing the applications, we will contact finalists to come in for an interview with our team.

 

Do you have any tips on applying? 

Great Question! We love to see founders that are committed to their startups and committed to growing alongside a community of fellow startups. Take some time to write up thoughtful answers and really reflect on how your product/service solves a critical problem for your customers.

 

If you have any more questions please use the contact form below.

Impact Accelerator More Info
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Applications for the 2018 Accelerator, scheduled to run from January to May 2018, are open Now through December 8, 2017.

Click here to apply

We will be holding information sessions in October and November for potential applicants. Fill out the Request More Information form to be notified about these sessions, or check out our events page here. 

Orientation and Kick-off Night   –   January 11, 2018

Summit I  –  January 26/27

Summit II  –  February 23/24

Summit III  –  March 23/24

Summit IV  –  April 27/28

Venture Showcase  –  May 10, 2018

How many start-ups are accepted into the program? 

We usually accept between 15-20 startups  into the cohort. We find this number is optimal for fostering community and allowing each startup to benefit fully from the program.

 

Is there a cost to attend the program?/ Do you take equity? 

There is no cost to participate in the accelerator and we do not take any equity.

 

Are you looking for startups from a specific industry?

No, we welcome applicants from all industries and hope to have a diverse cohort.

 

Do you only accept Social Enterprises? 

No, we work with all entrepreneurs including those committed to making a social/environmental impact through their start-up.

 

What are some perks of being in the program?

Besides the great education and practicum opportunities we offer:

  • Free co-working (24/7 access)
  • Free professional office hours
  • Access to the full mentor network
  • Introductions to prospective customers
  • Networking opportunities
  • Funding guidance
  • Access to a summer intern (graduating start-ups can submit a project proposal for our incoming class of summer interns)

 

Where does programming take place?

All workshops and summits will take place at reSET’s office (1429 Park St STE 114 Hartford, CT). For those traveling from out of state, we are conveniently located close to Hartford’s Union Station which houses bus and train (Amtrak) terminals. We are also located walking distance to CT Fastrack.

 

Sounds great! How do I apply?

Please fill out the online application form here. The  application entails written answers as well as a 60 second pitch video (don’t worry about video quality, we just need to be able to see and hear you clearly).  After reviewing the applications, we will contact finalists to come in for an interview with our team.

 

Do you have any tips on applying? 

Great Question! We love to see founders that are committed to their startups and committed to growing alongside a community of fellow startups. Take some time to write up thoughtful answers and really reflect on how your product/service solves a critical problem for your customers.

 

If you have any more questions please use the contact form below.

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Accelerator Partners

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