We have kicked off our third year of the IgniteU summer accelerator program! This program is a unique eight-week accelerator for aspiring entrepreneurs. It incorporates aspects of customer discovery and general business development, with a strong emphasis on building relationships. We believe in using every opportunity to meet someone new.

The accelerator program started the week of June 5, 2017 with an orientation at our location in Troy, NY. The teams all hail from different universities in the region.

We covered the basics, which was a refresher for most: we dove into customer discovery, business culture, business communication, and an introduction to the business model canvas. Most of the emphasis was on meeting the lead mentors, participating teams, and IgniteU staff to build initial comradery—already there has been a lot of cross-collaboration between the teams. The lead mentors are experienced entrepreneurs from the local area, using their knowledge and experiences to push the companies in the right direction.

It is great to see different groups of people with different businesses come together and build momentum.

If you want to learn more about IgniteU or this summer’s startups, come to our open house on Tuesday, June 20th on the third floor of the Quackenbush Building in Troy! The event is open to all.

Eventbrite - Open House 2017

This summer, we have chosen four core startups to be members of the 2017 cohort: Guide Products, Inky Technologies, U-Topia, and Illuminate ESI-NY. We also have three Startups in Residence joining us: Our.News, Major Buzz and Two Buttons Deep.