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

The Venture Center's Pre-Accelerator is a 12-week business bootcamp held in the spring and fall in which participants create a minimum viable product, gain customer validation and accelerate their path to viability—and is the starting point for any serious business founder. 

 Pre-Accelerator Alum, Corey Boelkens Pitching RaftUp

During the Pre-Accelerator, sessions are held Mondays starting at 5:30 p.m. 

We'll give you strategies to develop a minimum viable product (MVP), construct a scalable business model, gain traction and generate revenue, so you are ready to take the next step. Whether that means applying to an accelerator, pitching to investors or completely pivoting, The Venture Center's Pre-Accelerator will help set you on your proper course.

Instructors of the program are serial entrepreneurs and industry experts with a wide variety of experience. You also receive full access to our Pre-Accelerator digital portal which contains a robust library of video and digital training resources. In addition to the weekly seminar, you'll have guided support and supplementary mentoring and instruction covering targeted areas of business development. 

Experts, investors and trainers will help you to hone your investor pitch. The program culminates in an opportunity for you to pitch your idea before a gathering of local business leaders at the Pre-Accelerator Pitch Showcase which is open to the community.