Accelerator programs: are they still worth it?

October 29, 2020

I am a child of startup accelerators. Slidebean has received investments from Startup Chile, DreamIt Ventures, and 500 Startups.

I started my first company in 2011, and I had no idea how startups worked. When I say no idea, I mean it. Never heard of venture capital, never heard of the concept of an angel investor.

I was just out of college in Costa Rica, where the startup ecosystem was pretty much non-existent. Still, our company was then accepted in DreamIt Ventures in New York, which sparked a chain of events that led us to you watching this video.

I know how to pitch because DreamIt was a crash course in how the startup ecosystem worked. It was also a soft landing in New York City that allowed me to build a network.

One of the people responsible Steve Barsh, who you probably remember as a guest for some of our videos.

Steve gave the intro talk at the program, and I remember Steve's talk distinctively, as it indeed was the beginning of the journey for me. I had a conversation with Steve about how DreamIt had to pivot their model.

If you want to hear the story, you can find the full episode on our Company Forensics podcast:

Caya
CEO at Slidebean/FounderHub. TEDx Speaker. 500 Startups Alum. 40-under-40.
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