Our MissionAccelerate Colombia is the international Business Acceleration platform between the US and Colombia that allows a bi-directional flow of knowledge, ideas and capital and access to new markets. It connects the emerging entrepreneurial community in Colombia with the highly-developed startup ecosystem in Boston, Massachusetts. In Accelerate Colombia, American entrepreneurs will support Colombian entrepreneurs in an advanced acceleration process to learn the American ways of building startup companies.
Accelerate Colombia operates 2 cohorts in Colombia per year. The accelerator will provide American start-up skills and know-how to promising technology focused startups who have revenue and traction and the potential to scale internationally. This accelerator will provide an American startup experience for the entrepreneurial teams employing the proven acceleration methodology and support from US and Colombian mentors and experts. The focus of the Accelerate Colombia process is to prepare the startups with the knowledge, experience and skills to scale internationally. They receive an intense US style entrepreneurial experience to refine their business plans, gain early market access and have the opportunity to secure growth capital. Accelerate Colombia supports the development of these businesses and their teams through our network of experienced mentors, corporate partners, technologists, leading universities, angel investors and venture capitalists.
“Engage the global entrepreneurial community to drive innovation, capability and synergistic growth”
— Accelerate Colombia
Two times per year, startup companies in Colombia can apply to participate in business plan competitions. The five winning startups will be invited to come to the 16 week Boston based Accelerate Colombia program for an intensive 16 week acceleration process.
In the Accelerate Colombia offices located on the MIT campus in Cambridge MA, they will receive an intense US-based entrepreneurial experience to refine their business plans, gain early market access and have the opportunity to secure growth capital. Accelerate Colombia will support the development of these businesses and their teams through our network of experienced mentors, corporate partners, technologists, leading universities, angel investors and venture capitalists. While in the accelerator, they will have an opportunity to come to know the unique aspects of the US markets and how to access them to grow their ventures. When they return to Colombia they will bring much stronger businesses and, just as importantly, knowledge of the US entrepreneurial culture, community and processes.