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Accelerators 101:

Getting in, raising capital, and growing your business




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April 14, 2020 • 1PM EST

Why you should take this workshop

As a startup, you'll want to use every tool in your toolbelt to grow and scale your business. Accelerators are one of the most sought-after resources for early stage businesses who are looking to take their business to the next level. An accelerator is a program that gives developing companies access to mentorship, investors and other support that help them become stable, self-sufficient businesses. Curious about what an accelerator program can do for your startup? Join us and Program Director at Techstars, Kelly Fryer, to learn how to get into a competitive accelerator program, how accelerators can help you scale your business, and how to leverage your accelerator connections after the program ends.


  • 30 minutes of course instruction from Program Director @ Techstars, Kelly Fryer, 30 minutes of open AMA style questions

  • Access the live replay in the iFundWomen Workshop Library

What you will learn

  • How to do your research! Learn what to look for in an accelerator program before you apply.

  • How to get in! Learn the criteria that highly competitive accelerators are looking for in their applicants.

  • How accelerators can help you grow and scale your business

  • How to continue to leverage your accelerator resources and experiences after the program ends to grow and scale your business

About the coach

Kelly Fryer is a Program Director at Techstars, supporting early-stage FinTech founders. Now in her 4th year running the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars New York, Kelly has supported a global portfolio of over 170+ FinTechs and sourced & evaluated thousands of others. In addition to working with founders, Kelly manages ecosystem events - from our FinTech BizDev Day to networking receptions - to connect corporate executives, investors, and mentors to her portfolio. 

Prior to Techstars, she worked for Bloomberg LP in data analytics and then leading projects for our tech initiatives. Kelly earned her MBA in Corporate Innovation & Venture Development from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.


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