Startl Extends Deadline for Three-Month Accelerator Program for Start-Up Companies


3.5.10 |


Startl, the new social enterprise that aims to identify innovators and accelerate the development of digital media and learning products, has extended the deadline for applications to its Accelerator program. Applications will be accepted through March 22.

Startl is partnering with Philadelphia-based DreamIt Ventures on the DreamIt Ventures Summer 2010 Incubator Program—a later stage, three-month residency open to young companies ready to take their learning products to the next level. The program will take place in Philadelphia and run from mid-May through mid-August of this year. And did we mention it’s *free*?

Yes, if you’re selected, Startl will cover the cost of your participation. So what are you waiting for?

Here’s the scoop (remember, the deadline is now March 22, not March 15):

The DreamIt program is designed to get you from where you are today to a world-class startup with a fundable product in just three months.  By the end of the program, you’ll be presenting your start-up to a room full of investors who could fund your next round.

You’ll work harder than you ever have in your life, side-by-side with other brilliant, ambitious entrepreneurs and technologists. You’ll spend your days and nights together. You’ll socialize together. You’ll help each other when it’s crunch time and when you find yourself stuck in the mud.

The DreamIt mentors will provide you with the coaching, encouragement, and tough love you need to bring your dream into the real world.  We’ll provide you with startup funding, technologists and strategists who can join your team, speakers with expertise in every aspect of tech startups, donated legal and accounting services, and introductions to angel investors, venture capitalists and other sources of public and private funding.

As members of the Startl group of enterprises, participants also have access to additional human-centered design services from IDEO, plus targeted sessions and workshops from leaders in the field of learning and education.

In short, we’ll do everything we can to make sure this is the summer of your life – both for you and your company.

What do we look for in applicants? Here are the most important things:

* A potentially BIG idea
* Ability to build a prototype, beta or market-ready product or service within 3 months
* A team whose talents complement each other
* A team where everyone is enthusiastic, bright, and excessively motivated

Startl was incorporated in 2009 with initial funding from the MacArthur, Hewlett and Gates foundations. Its team is led by Laurie Racine, Diana Rhoten and Phoenix Wang.

Here’s a must-read for potential applicants. Good luck!

Related: Hacking Education from the Outside In: an interview with Startl co-founder Pheonix Wang

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