The TechCelerator @ Bedford

We are currently accepting applications for our upcoming 10-Week Startup Boot Camp, The TechCelerator. Beginning July 14, 2020 and running through until September 17, 2020, the program will be presented online using Canvas and Zoom from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Please Note: It is critical that you come to each session having read and/or watched the assigned homework. This will allow us to focus on applying the concepts to your business case and moving your opportunity forward. The real value in being part of the TechCelerator is in the conversations and the context applied to the content.

After a brief orientation in Week “0”, we’ll start with introductions and a description of your business ideas. Then we’ll forge boldly ahead into a discussion of Customer Discovery, (you will be emailed a copy of “The Mom Test”). Please read it before “Week One.”

The TechCelerator will require a minimum of 10 hours per week of your time. The curriculum is rigorous, and your active participation is important.

Mentoring/Coaching Sessions

The goal of these individual meetings will be to get a deeper understanding of your business. Topics to be discussed will include – where you are in the business life cycle; what are your most pressing challenges; and how we can best find and apply resources to help move you ahead.

We have six slots available but will try to accommodate your schedules if possible – first come first served.

Times

Wednesdays

  • 9:30-10:30 am
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm
  • 2:00-3:00 pm

Thursdays

  • 9:30-10:30 am
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm
  • 2:00-3:00 pm

Are You Eligible to Apply?

  • Is your business in the concept or pre-revenue stage?
  • Is there a technology component to your business idea?
  • Can you participate in a ten-week program?
  • Are you planning to commercialize your business concept?
  • You are located in Bedford, Blair, Fulton, Cambria, Huntingdon, or Somerset County

Syllabus

Week “0”

Content/Coverage:

  • Introduction and Course Orientation/Overview
  • Ground Rules for Interviewing
  • Customer Discovery: Interviewing
  • Talking to Humans
  • Read “The Mom Test” in its entirety

Week 1

 Content/Coverage:

  • What is the Technology Idea?   Intro to “2-minute Stand-up”
  • The Business Model Canvas Deep Dive
  • Review https://www.udacity.com/course/ep245 (Links to an external site.) (May give in week “0”)
  1. Sign up for “How to Build a Startup”
  2. Watch Udacity Lectures 1.4-5.0

Week 2

Content/Coverage:

  • 6-minute Stand-up
  • Cost Structure: Estimating Operational Costs; Estimated Start-up Costs
  • Value Prop Canvas
  • Legal Formation

Guest Speaker: Legal Formations

Week 3

Content/Coverage:

  • 2-minute Stand-up
  • Customer Segments and Types

Guest Speaker:  Federal Grant Opportunities/SBIR

Week 4

Content/Coverage:

  • 6-minute PPT Pitch
  • Channels
  • Basic IP Documentation – Public Disclosure, Patents, Copyright, Trademarks
  • PowerPoint Sent to Bob by NOON on Tuesday

Guest Speaker: TBD

Week 5

Content/Coverage:

  • 6-minute PowerPoint – Room 243 if we determine that the finale is there…
  • Questions and Feedback
  • Customer Relationships – Get/Keep/Grow

Guest Speaker: TBD

Week 6

Content/Coverage:

  • Key Activities
  • 6-Minute Pitch

Guest Speaker: TBD

Week 7

Content/Coverage:

  • 6-Minute Pitch
  • Partners

Guest Speaker: TBD

Week 8

Content/Coverage:

  • 6-minute Pitch
  • Revenue Streams
  • Profitability
  • Basic Accounting: Banking needs/expectations, Balance Sheets, Income Statements, Cash Flow, Projected P & L Statements

Guest Speaker: TBD

Week 9

Content/Coverage:

  • FINAL 6-Minute Pitch
  • Key Resources
  • Cost Structure
  • Funding Options

Guest Speakers: TBD

Week 10

Content/Coverage:

  • $10,000 Finale – Presentations to the Panel, Peers, Ecosystem
  • 6-minute “Stand-up” with PowerPoint

Guest Speakers: TBD

Sponsors

In case you’re wondering, this is what a graduation pitch looks like: