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About to Join an Accelerator Program? Keep this in Mind

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Building a company can be quite a daunting task, especially, if you are kicking off from scratch.

Looking at the companies that have had relative successes, since they were founded, they almost all, have one thing in common and that has contributed to their progress.

Several of them have taken part in accelerator programs and have claimed to gain, unparalleled business advice that has influenced their progress.

Below are some of the essential lessons we have gathered, from start-ups that have participated in seed accelerator programs:

Get Independent on Receiving your Support

Accelerator programs can come up, as supportive structures, for start-ups, but it will be a bad idea, for start-ups, to live in a delusion that, programs of such, are the end of their entrepreneurship journey.

There is no doubt that getting accepted into an accelerator program, comes with a great advantage, nevertheless, that is not the end. It is just, one step, in a thousand-mile journey.

Upon graduation, start-ups ought to take further steps, in improving what they have built while participating in the accelerator program.

Breaking and making milestones and even, beyond that, looking forward to new challenges that will spring up, from roadblocks.

Sometimes the roadblocks might appear unassailable and this is the point, where, you recall your accelerator for assistance.

They are built for the purpose of laying structures that enables start-ups to grow, so, their support would come in handy here.

Asides from what your accelerator would offer you, you would, also, learn that your customers are very important, in this entrepreneurial journey.

When you hit a roadblock, you will need feedback, from your customers, as they have experienced your product, or, service.

They are in a pole position, to give you insights, as they have first-hand experience, with your venture. The success of a company is, much dependent, on creating a good customer feedback system.

Open to Collaboration

Acceptance into a seed accelerator program implies that you are set up to get rid of many brick walls, which enables you, to focus on, creating a sustainable product.

Beyond getting resounding advice, during the program, you, also, test the products of other participating start-ups.

This process ensures that likely problems that you might, likely, run into, are sorted out, before moving into the real market.

Start-ups, in accelerator programs, usually, share many things in common, whether the founders are currently in the program, or, alumni, they are always, more than ready, to lend a helping hand.

Accelerators allow you, to discuss your challenges, the test suggested solutions and come up with different forms of solutions.

Have A Bigger Picture

Start-ups need to work, on the “innovators bias”. You do not get entrenched, in down-to-earth details, of your products, too much that, you go off course.

The focus should, rather, be on your customers. What do your customers need?

Start-ups have the tendencies, to grow and find ways, to focus on their customers.


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