Collide Village Accelerator Program (CVAP)
Fall 2015 Accelerator Program application is now CLOSED!
The CVAP is a milestone driven seed stage startup accelerator in the Dallas suburb of Addison, TX.
The Village offers each accepted company:
- An initial seed fund of $25K in return for 8% of company’s equity
- Strong Customer Development and Validation focus
- Access to an exclusive network of Mentors, Advisors, and Investors
- Free office space for duration of the program
Our 3-month program focuses on customer development, validation, value proposition canvas, MVP (minimum viable product) definition, consumer and business marketing, branding, go-to market strategy and fundraising.
It Takes a Village to Raise a Start-up
Mentors, partners, investors, university alliances, and corporate patrons make up our village. This network prides itself on providing our start-ups with the support they need. This is both our network and our village!
An exclusive list of top-level mentors from across the nation chooses to donate time, knowledge, and experience to our start-ups. These mentors have demonstrated success and lived a life of their own in the start-up world. They drive our Village to the next level.
A key differentiating factor of the CVAP is that start-ups perform extensive customer validation before investing in further product development. After market validation, start-ups work with top-notch market research firms and expert branding mentors. They develop go-to-market and marketing and branding strategies. Start-ups complement their product understanding with meaningful consumer and market insights.
Our supporters are vested in CVAP’s success. They are industry leading technology, business services, and legal firms. In addition, top VC firms and local and national angel investors work with CVAP. The Village provides networking opportunities to help you find potential partners and experts who can help propel your start-up to success.
We are redefining how accelerators conclude their programs. CVAP is milestone driven, meaning we measure a start-up’s success against its goals. An investor’s view of a company as “I’ll know when I see the product” isn’t a formal way of assessing project maturity or quantifying risk. We provide these investors a common language that communicates objectives to start-ups. We do this by defining Investment Readiness Level (IRL). IRL is a bridge that connects the capital-efficient Lean Startup process and the capital-raising process for founders.
We invest $25k in seed stage funds. With this funding, start-ups perform first hand customer validations. They also develop a strong marketing message while working with market research partners and some of the best agencies in Dallas, TX.
The accelerator world overuses Pitch Days, but we don’t entirely believe in how they are structured. Instead we embrace a philosophy of invite-only investor audience. This allows you to focus on the task at hand without distraction. Our last cohort’s pitch day had more than 50% of accredited investors present along with key industry advocates, startup connectors and local corporate patrons.
Can you make a noise?
If you can make some noise, we can help amplify your message. The Village works with media partners to help make the right level of needed noise as part of our go-to market strategy.
You can’t put a dollar value on the advice and support you will receive throughout the program. But you can expect more benefits including legal advice, hosting credits, discounts from local establishments and other valuable resources.
A partner for life!
Collide Village will take an 8% equity in your company in exchange for our investment, network, advice, mentorship and access to our priceless Village.
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