Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply if I still have a job?
Definitely! Most of the best entrepreneurs have started companies while still on a gig. We do ask that you communicate that to us to help draw a path that gets you full-time in to your startup whenever it makes most sense.
Can I apply to the accelerator if I do not have a team?
Yes, we love solo-founders. For founders that are developing their startups individually, we will help them build the right team from scratch.
Can my company participate in the accelerator if we already have funding?
Absolutely! We will consider any company that demonstrates that the guidance from our program, network, and funding will move the needle for their startup.
Can I apply to the accelerator if I am an immigrant founder?
Definitely. Although we do not provide immigration help, we do connect immigrant founders to the right resources that allow them to determine a path to stay in the U.S. and launch their startup.
How does the program choose to allocate the capital to each startup?
We allocate funding to each startup based on the use of funds statement the startup presents in its pitch to the selection committee. Based on that, the committee makes a case by case assessment of the amount of funding that makes sense for each company.
What kinds of industries do you consider?
The only requirement is that the company can achieve scale. We do have a bias towards industries where $5-15k in funding can create an impact on the company. For example, Software, IoT, ECommerce, Consumer Products, and Life Sciences. If you have a company in a different industry, please still apply and we’ll chat about a potential fit. You can always reach out to Josh with any questions.
Do you consider social entrepreneurs for the program?
Of course! We love socially oriented ventures that are creating a major impact and have a business model that addresses a triple bottom line.
Does the whole team have to attend the accelerator modules?
No, we only require the CEO of each company to be present at each of the modules.
What kinds of startups do you accept for the program?
We accept any kind of high-growth startup. This means that any company that is pursuing scalable business that can achieve a meaningful impact on its target demographic.
For example, we wouldn’t be able to help a pizza shop because we consider it a small business, not a startup. However, a high-growth startup would be the company selling the software to manage the timely production of pizza for many shops across the country or a company that is producing the sauces that these shops utilize.
If you have questions that have not been answered, do not hesitate in reaching out to us at email@example.com.
How can I make my application more competitive?
We host a series of sessions leading up to the Andrews Launch Accelerator called the ALA: Launch sessions that aim to help entrepreneurs better articulate, validate, and communicate what they’re working on. The skills covered in these sessions are extremely important for building a strong application to the Andrews Launch Accelerator. You can sign up for them here.
Are there any other resources for support leading up to the Andrews Launch Accelerator applications closing?
Yes. We have 1 on 1 coaching sessions available for companies that are applying to the Andrews Launch Accelerator. If you’re interested, you can apply for a coaching time here.
Furthermore, if you need direct support you’re more than welcome to reach out to Josh Guter at firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
Where do I apply?
You can apply directly on this page. This is a highly competitive opportunity; don’t hesitate to email us if you have any questions about the application or selection process.