Guided mentorship to Bring your idea to life

The Binghamton Accelerator Program is for early stage entrepreneurs or startups looking to build a solid business foundation and grow alongside motivated peers. 

Community members, students, and researchers alike have much to gain from not only understanding, but actively building out the essentials of a startup using proven methodology taught by experienced mentors in this free program. 

Through the program expect:

  • Expert business guidence
  • Feedback from motivated peers
  • Connections to mentors and partners
  • Structured mentorship using the Business Model Canvas
  • Initial funding upon completion of the program 

 

 

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Startup Support from IBM

Grow and innovate in A supportive environment

The Accelerator program is a three-phase competitive program which consists of structured courses, peer support, and key feedback to develop successful startups. 

Participants will advance their business idea alongside a cohort of motivated teams and individuals, participating in customer discovery interviews, testing, pitching, and other structured lessons.

Startups will complete a comprehensive Business Model Canvas, alongside instruction from program directors and successful business owners.

Additionally, accepted participants receive up to $1,200 from IBM upon the successful completion of the program to further success. 

Apply Today!

The Accelerator program welcomes entrepreneurs with early stage ideas, startups looking to grow, and innovative researchers. Look below for common questions such as the length of the program, format, size of each cohort and more. Think the program is for you? Apply today or connect with questions or to learn more!

Common Questions:

Faculty, students, postdocs, researchers, as well as early-stage startups with a research project with potential real-world applications, a prototype, or an early-stage product or technology. Participants are not limited by university affiliation. 

The program and the application process are FREE of charge, and you qualify for a $3000 micro-grant upon successful completion of the course.

Attend six 2-hour virtual sessions, as well as office hours with instructors, complete and present assignments for each session, watch background videos between sessions, and most importantly, conduct 20 customer discovery interviews.

The regional course is run 4-5 times a year. The national program is run 3-4 times per season.

Please note that the micro-grants are available on an APPROVAL and REIMBURSEMENT basis. Upon successful completion of the course, you can submit your interview summary with spending proposal for review . Upon approval and directions from the Site team, you will be able to then submit receipts for reimbursement.

If you have not completed 20 interviews, the micro-grants can ONLY be used for customer discovery (travel to potential customers, conference and trade show registrations, LinkedIn Premium, Zoom account, Dropbox, other virtual communication tools, etc). If you have completed 20 interviews, the funds can also be used for prototyping of your invention. Funds CANNOT be used for salaries, stipends, or reimbursements of company registrations or to company accounts).

Eric Krohn

Program Director

 

Stemming from his roots as Dietitian and CIA graduated Chef, Eric founded Gyro Heat Technologies, focused on energy generation as well as b-Safe, a syringe sanitizing device. Eric has become a pioneer of hemp innovation in New York, the co-owner of three different hemp companies involved in manufacturing, distribution and retail sales.  

ekrohn@binghamton.edu

Experienced Support

Eric Krohn’s passion for entrepreneurship shines through in every aspect of the Accelerator program. A serial entrepreneur, founder of a half dozen companies, Eric leverages his experience, connections and creative thinking to support entrepreneurs from all backgrounds.  

 “We are doing more than developing strong businesses through the Accelerator program, we are developing entrepreneurs. The skills learned, connections formed and creativity sparked has a visible impact on participants, and I’m just lucky to play a role in that development. Creating a strong, revenue-generating business doesn’t hurt either!” 

– Eric Krohn, Director of Programming at the Koffman Incubator

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