The iCatalysts accelerator is a rigorous 10-week program that bridges university affiliated startups to a commercial life. Our university partners offer our accelerator as a prize for their winning teams.
Our iCatalysts accelerator graduates have raised more than $70 million. Over 93% of these teams have launched businesses and are operating today. Our teams represent startups from 18 of the 20 top ranked US universities.
Our team selection criteria includes ventures with two or more founders, a functioning prototype, strong intellectual property, and our belief that the venture is fundable (Seed or Series A ) within one year. We accept current or graduating students and graduates of our mentoring programs.
Participating investors include Accel Partners, Compass Technology Partners, Dow Chemical Company, Garage Technology Ventures, KPCB Edge, Intel Capital, and Shell Technology Ventures.
The iCatalysts Accelerator is for teams that have proven their concepts. Our program’s focus is helping your team:
- Nail your venture and funding strategy
- Improve your position with current and future investors
- Engage target pilot customers with connections and advice from industry experts
- Get expert advice and referrals from Silicon Valley insiders on your next accelerator and which investment events and angel groups to present to.
“iCatalysts help and advice was absolutely invaluable to me during NVBOT’s fundraising efforts“. AJ Perez, CEO of NVBOTS, MIT Startup
Our teams each work with two mentors and other teams.
Our iCatalysts capstone event, the Young Technology Leaders event, has been held at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon University.
The program provides four 90 minute online interactive workshops – Effectively Communicating with Investors, Building Relationships and Negotiating with Investors, Winner Research Grants, and Developing and Protecting IP.