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PRE-ACCELERATOR

The Venture Center’s Pre-Accelerator is the first step toward viability for early-stage companies. The objective is to move quickly through the process from startup idea to viable business through customer validation.  The Pre-Accelerator lays the framework for early-stage entrepreneurs to learn how to execute on their idea.

Steps to Success

Instructor Mark Hill
  • Complete Application 
  • Schedule an Interview 
  • RSVP for Informational Roundtable 

Step One: Apply

Have a startup idea?  Looking to get into a top Accelerator? Want to find out what it takes for a successful capital raise?

Then Venture Center's Pre-Accelerator is for you!

Don't waste time and money. Our intensive, systematic program teaches you how to be successful.

We'll show you how to develop a minimum viable product (MVP), construct a scalable business model and gain traction by generating revenue, so you are ready to take the next step whether that means joining an Accelerator or pitching to investors.

You're not alone. The Venture Center is here for you.

Who Is The Pre-Accelerator For?

The Venture Center's Pre-Accelerator class is for early-stage or first-time entrepreneurs who are serious about building a scalable, repeatable and investable business.

Pre-Accelerator Alum, Corey Boelkens Pitching RaftUp

What Makes The Difference?

Our proven method provides you with a strategic approach to building your business successfully. In addition to a thorough, intensive and fully-interactive curriculum, you have full access to The Venture Center's premier Mentor Network.

Our mentors are industry experts. They have built and led businesses, raised capital, or are clear domain leaders. They know what it takes to succeed and they are on your side, providing insight, supporting you and cheering for you along the way.

What Real Entrepreneurs Just Like You Are Saying.

Graduates of the Pre-Accelerator course are building early-stage companies and growing their business and you can too. Cut down the time and money it takes to get started with clear instruction and expert mentorship. Join the Pre-Accelerator today!

Here's Just Some of What You Get in the Pre-Accelerator.

Twelve intense weeks of content are delivered in person by startup experts at The Venture Center. The classroom portion is held every Monday evening, starting at 6:00 p.m. 

The facilitators of the program are serial entrepreneurs and industry experts with a wide variety of experience. You also receive full access to our Pre-Accelerator class digital portal. The portal contains class materials as well as a robust library of video and digital training resources. 

In addition to the weekly classroom training, you'll have guided support and supplementary instruction covering targeted areas of business development. 

To cap off the success of the class, experts, investors and trainers will help you to hone your investor pitch. The class culminates in an opportunity for you to pitch your idea before a panel of judges at the Pre-Accelerator Pitch Day which is open to the community.

In addition, you get...

  • Full access to online supplemental materials so you can make the most of the class
  • Targeted, personalized coaching to help you craft the perfect investor pitch
  • Unlimited mentor sessions during the course
  • Access to workspace at The Venture Center during the week.
  • Free "Best in Arkansas" 1 Gigabit Wireless Internet access, courtesy of HyperLeap
  • Access to special workshops/training throughout the course

Step Two: Schedule an interview

Step Three: RSVp for FREE INFORMATIONAL ROUNDTABLE

Is the Pre-Accelerator right for you? Attend a no risk, informational roundtable discussion. You will hear from mentors as well as previous Pre-Accelerator participants. You'll get to meet the 2017 Pre-Accelerator instructor. We'll answer all your questions. By the time you leave you'll be equipped to make the decision that is right for you.


WHAT IS THE COST?

There is no risk to explore the opportunity. Apply, schedule an interview, and attend the free informational roundtable to determine that the Pre-Accelerator is the right investment for you.

The Venture Center takes no equity of any company who joins our Pre-Accelerator. 

The cost is only $1,050 per team and includes annual membership to The Venture Center (Cost is $750 for Venture Center members).

BONUS: You and your team get full access to unlimited mentorship sessions for the duration of the Pre-Accelerator class.

**Attendees may apply for PayPal credit and make payments over six months**

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FAQS

Do I Have to Quit My Job to Join the Pre-Accelerator? No. The Pre-Accelerator class is held weekly on Monday evenings after general business hours.

When and Where Is Class Held? Monday evenings, weekly at 6:00 p.m. The Venture Center 107 E Markham Little Rock, AR 72201

How Much Time Should I Budget for the Class? The Pre-Accelerator Class lasts from 6-9 p.m. In addition, there are deliverables for each class which will help you prepare effectively for accelerating the success of your business. You will have weekly mentorship sessions and supplementary training that you can take advantage of as well. Like anything, what you get out of it will be largely dependent on what you put in to it. The Pre-Accelerator is specifically designed to allow you to continue your job and validate your idea, market and product in a way that is strategic and effective.

Does The Venture Center Take Any Equity in My Business During the Pre-Accelerator? No. Unlike many incubators or accelerators, The Venture Center does NOT take equity in any of the Pre-Accelerator companies.

What Does the Class Cost? All Pre-Accelerator team members receive an annual Venture Center membership and full course access for an all-inclusive price of $1,050 per team. (If you're already a Venture Center Member, the cost of the course is $750 per team)

Will I Get Investment Through This Class? Although we do not guarantee investment, several Venture Center member businesses have secured investment following our proven method and the guidance of the premier Venture Center Mentor Network. The Pre-Accelerator is the first step to prepare you for seeking investment. Through mentorship, you can identify the components of your business to focus on in order to de-risk the business so that you are prepared to pitch for investors.

APPLY NOW

If you've ever wanted to take that idea that's been milling about in your head and turn it into a viable business, this is your chance. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Venture Center Member: $750

Non-Member: $1,050
Includes Membership for 2 Co-Founders