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K-State Today

October 31, 2022

K-State seeking innovative startup ideas for Accelerator Program

Submitted by Haley Ahlers

Participants presenting to judges

Kansas State University is seeking applications from Kansas-based individuals or K-State alumni to participate in the K-State Accelerator, hosted by the College of Business Administration.

The Accelerator, specifically intended for early-stage companies, provides entrepreneurs with much-needed resources, including faculty-led courses, hands-on student research teams, access to the world-class K-State alumni mentor network, and the chance to pitch at demo day for a share of $100,000 in equity-free grants. The Accelerator is designed to provide the building blocks for turning a concept into a successful venture. Startups are not charged to participate.

"The Accelerator allows us to share our unique resources with the broader community," said Chad Jackson, director of the university's Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship. "Our faculty, alumni mentors and students are incredible resources, and we are excited to share their expertise to support startup ventures."

Startup founders with scalable, for-profit businesses or ideas are invited to apply until Nov. 27. Criteria for selection include identifying a real problem and providing an innovative solution, demonstrating the drive to succeed and the ability to incorporate feedback, and showing commitment to the idea. The program is offered online and will run from January-March 2023.

To apply or learn more, visit cba.ksu.edu/accelerator.

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