Take your startup to the
next level

Accelerate Colombia is currently accepting applications from technology focused startups for the Spring – Summer Colombia based accelerator. It will take place from May – September 2019.

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Teams

Accelerate Colombia believes in the importance of team work to achieve success. Therefore, we require all teams to have a minimum of 4 people to apply.

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Language Proficiency

Accelerate Colombia will run two programs, one in Spanish and one in English. Nonetheless, to be able to go to the Boston acceleration process teams are required to have at least two members proficient in English.

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Deadline

If you want to apply, please submit your application online by 12 pm COT on June 1, 2019.  Startups that apply early have a small advantage because we have more time to read your applications.  You can submit after the deadline – though keep in mind that the later you apply, the harder it is to get in.

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Interview

We will invite startups that seem most promising to an interview.  Interviews may be in person or by web conference.

THE BEST 5 TEAMS WILL JOIN THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF THEIR LIVES IN BOSTON

What's next

Filter 1

We will decide what startups are accepted to Accelerate Colombia after the interviews.

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To keep in mind

Accelerate Colombia does not provide office space.  We expect your startup to work out of your current accommodations.  We will have space for key events like meetups, pitch events, expert speakers, etc.

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Meet ups

During the 3½ month Accelerate Colombia accelerator we will have regular meetup events every 3 weeks in alignment with the key milestones of the acceleration process.  The startups will be working with their assigned mentors between these events.  During these events we will invite an expert to speak on some key aspect of startups.  The startups will also showcase their progress and be required to do a practice pitch.

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Demo day

The accelerator will culminate in an Demo Day at which the startups present to a carefully selected, invitation-only audience.

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Mentors

Mentors and experts will also hold regular office hours to which the startups can schedule a meeting.

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Networking

During the 3½ months we will endeavor to introduce startups individually to people and companies that can help them.

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Boston experience

Startups who complete the Colombia accelerator will be eligible to apply to compete to be invited to the Boston-based 4 month Accelerate Colombia accelerator.

How do we choose which startups to invite?

We will consider companies from anywhere in Colombia.  Companies do not need to be located in Bogota or Medellin but should be prepared to travel to these cities for key events.  We will consider companies doing technology related startups from the idea stage to the companies with initial prototypes and established customers.

When considering startups we will look at things like:

Original idea

Qualifications of the founding team

Demonstrated commitment to the startup

Alignment with Colombia’s Orange Economy agenda

Potential to scale

Probably to attract investment