The definitions have been fuzzy over the last few years as these programs emerge.
One of things that are beginning to differentiate “accelerators” from pre-accelerators is whether they offer funding at the end of the program.
For now, my definition is that if they don’t offer funding they’re not an accelerator. (Happy to see someone else take a crack at the taxonomy.)
I would draw a line in the point when you need to commit full time or not. In newer startup communitites there is a real need for part time programs, since there aren’t many success stories out there there’s a lot of uncertainty and fear in quitting your day job when you have no idea of how to build a business and probably bootstrap it.
And yes, probably you won’t get any funding at the end if you haven’t committed fulltime, but you’ll be closer, and who knows you may even have traction and revenue :)
I see it as something between the “entrepreneur for a day” of Startup Weekend and the fulltime entrepreneur.
The world still doesn’t know all that much about entrepreneurship, but some of the things we do know are being made accessible which is so exciting for us. While we won’t be able to scale Steve himself around the globe, this model will deliver Steve’s curriculum in a highly effective, experiential way in communities around the world.
Thank you for the post Steve and all of your help putting this program together! Looking forward to seeing everyone else at an event.
This is just the beginning, we’ll learn more and more by addressing such a high volume of entrepreneurs! +1 thanks a lot to Steve / Udacity / Startup America and Techstars for supporting us. See you all at the NEXT event :)
I am an Austrian entrepreneur in the health care space, part of the Udacity community and have been following the development of the Lean Launch Pad now for more than a year. I am really excited about the recent developments and would like to establish the Startup Weekend Next in Vienna, Austria. Austria needs more entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs using the right technology to get their businesses started.
Could you please let me know who would be the person(s) to talk so that I can establish this effort over here.
Thanks for your support.
Absolutely awesome idea, thanks for continuing to pour your time into this. iCorps was unquestionably the best startup educational program I’ve had a chance to participate in and the structure and length of this program will help spread the meme wider.
I’ve had a chance to work with some of the accelerators and investors here over the past few months; this type of program fills a much-needed gap in the ecosystem.
I moved to Beijing, China this year and will start doing the ground work for organizing a Next program here next year.
Will be back in Silicon Valley in early December, happy to help you out with anything while I’m in town.
Hi Steve – we are running this for veterans who’ve served in combat in partnership with SCORE here in Tampa Bay. We do not have quite the funds for $175 a student. Would you please let us run the SW Next/Udacity course for them? I teach Lean Startups already. Thanks!
Steve, I am confused on how you are rolling this out. I am interested in attending the class in San Francisco. I was watching the list to register and the list went away. What do I do now?? Can I still attend? Jennifer
1. How different is the environment for start-up entrepreneurs in California cities than it is in NYC? There is always the image that entrepreneurship in the California cities is more glamorous. Younger, hipper, experimental, digital nomads, easier access to capital, board meeting in pajamas and so on. In your experience, is it necessarily true? I’m in NYC and the mind wonders.
2. It seems as though the explanation of Startup Weekend Next could be simplified/clarified a bit. The impression is that it is going to be awesome(lots of content), but for some reason it is hard to understand what the roles/responsibilities are, what the course includes and so on. Also there seems to be strict requirements for organizers.(no nyc event yet) Somehow it is just difficult to understand. This is just be my take on it looking at the website. I am without coffee this evening.