Accelerate Program - OSU Advantage Accelerator


Accelerate is a 10 week program for community members and OSU students, staff, and researchers who intend to establish a privately held, for profit organization. The focus of this program is to develop your product/service and accelerate into the marketplace.

The Winter 2018 Cohort of Accelerate will begin in mid-January. We are now accepting applications for this cohort

Entrance Requirements

  • Intent to establish a privately held, for-profit organization
  • Amenable to advice from staff and mentors
  • Apparent growth prospects as an innovative traded sector entity
  • Comply with all responsibilities in duties as outlined in client agreement and exhibits
  • Intent to drive economic growth and create jobs

Program Descriptions and Expectations:

  • Program meets every week for ten weeks, alternating between workshop and seminar
  • Graduates must give back to the Iterate program as a mentor.
  • Must participate in Accelerate events (adhoc)
  • Must report jobs plus other metrics as required


  • Intern research
  • One-on-one sessions
  • Mentor meetings
  • Potential funds for attending trade show (Accessing customers) and/or prototype development

Program goals:

  • Validate product market fit
  • Defined (and built) minimal viable product
  • Complete first sales call
  • Repeatable sales model
  • Identified and partially built team (with team gaps identified)
  • Ready to execute and build operations

Graduation Portfolio

  1. Product Market Validation
  2. Elevator Pitch
  3. Five-minute Pitch Deck
  4. Ten-minute Pitch Deck
  5. Social Media Presence
  6. Tri-fold Brochure
  7. FTE (1-2)