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


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.


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**