2019 Startup Accelerator Key Dates

All events take place in downtown Springfield, MA

Core training, meetings, and events are held in "one long weekend a month" bootcamps, featuring hands-on training, expert-led lectures, peer collaboration, advisor office hours, and practice judging rounds. In addition, workshops cover strategy, innovation, marketing, sales, team-building, operating best practices, fundraising, and term sheets for valuations. Teams then participate in a public showcase and rounds of competition for awards.

The general timeline of boot camp weekends is as follows:

Thursdays: 1pm - 6pm

  • Optional Lunch

  • Two 2 hour sets of mentor/EIR workshops

Fridays: 9am - 6pm

  • Peer Percolate (Peer Pitch Presentations in small groups, with facilitators) 

  • Lunch

  • Workshops with mentors/EIRs

  • Speed Dating (one on one meetings with their peers) or another workshop

Saturdays: 9am - 4pm

  • Practice pitching with judges & EIRs

  • Lunch

  • CEO Roundtable (expert-led discussion about founder wellness)

  • Mastermind (peer-only small groups)

**Please note that times are subject to change. A schedule will be provided before each bootcamp weekend.

December 2018: Advanced prep work assigned

January 31- February 1, 2019: Pre-Accelerator

February 21-23, 2019: Bootcamp 1

March 21-23, 2019: Bootcamp 2

April 10, 2019: Public Showcase from 5-8 PM at VVM

April 11-13, 2019: Bootcamp 3

May 16-18, 2019: Bootcamp 4

June 12: Conclusion of Program vvmentors.org/sif