Startup Next is something unique. It's an opportunity to transform your startup. It's for a select group of committed founders who want to take their startup to the next level. Not every team will end the program and get immediately into an accelerator or secure funding, but every team will learn valuable lessons to help continue growing the startup.
Startup Next is an intensive five-week program that gives your team the tools and mentorship needed to navigate the early stages of building a startup.
Startups accepted into the program will attend a 3-hour session once a week for five weeks. Through a structured approach of group discussions, mentor sessions and pre-work deliverables, teams walk away with the skills needed to validate their business ideas, a customer development strategy, a completed market and competitive analysis, a minimum viable product (MVP), and an investor-ready pitch deck.
Following the program, Startup Next teams that have demonstrated their readiness and progress will have access to a number of value-added resources from the Startup Next global team.
Startup Next is part of UP Global, which is a Washington State 501c(3) focused on building entrepreneurial communities across the world. Startup Next is backed by Google for Entrepreneurs, Techstars, Global Accelerator Network, and Startup Weekend.
These sessions will help teams understand the customer’s core problem, find a value proposition, size the market, and analyze competitors.
This session will help teams understand the value of an MVP, develop the right MVP, and identify the key metrics to track.
This session will teach teams how to integrate their value proposition into a business model and focus on product/market fit.
This session will help teams get final feedback on their pitch, evaluate different funding options, and assess the best next steps for their startups.
Teams who finish Startup Next and are selected as ‘accelerator or investor ready’ by the local Facilitators and Mentors will be eligible to access a group of value-added resources. Those opportunities will include: introductions & referrals to accelerators or investors, invitations to demo days or special pitch events, continued mentorship from successful entrepreneurs or domain experts and connections to potential customers/partners looking to work with high quality, scalable startups. All of these additional value-adds are aimed at generating exposure for the strongest Startup Next teams after the program.