Eligibility for the program is established through a series of interviews with the co-directors and a formal presentation to the entrance committee. The OSU Advantage Accelerator is focused on high-growth traded sector innovative companies. Eligibility, and continued eligibility, is based on the following criteria:

    • OSU Advantage Accelerator entrepreneurs consist of traded sector enterprises, researching, developing, or commercializing innovative products or services. Thus, there must be evident and apparent growth prospects for the admitted organization;
    • At the time of admission the enterprise is a privately held for-profit organization;
    • Entrepreneurs are required to have a prototype, target customer and a concept statement/value proposition;
    • Entrepreneurs are amenable to advice from our advisors and mentors;
    • Entrepreneurs will comply with responsibilities and duties in our acceleration agreement document, and;
    • The organization has an intention to create jobs and economic growth.

    In addition to mentoring, each entrepreneur is required to attend workshops, seminars, CEO roundtables and networking events, as provided through the OSU Advantage Accelerator program. The OSU Advantage Accelerator also provides access to capital through the various Angel networks, connections to venture capital and access to strategic partnerships.


    The program is an intensive and immersive five month program; graduation occurs after five months. However, program termination prior to the end of the five month program may occur when:

      • The client misses a number of Accelerator workshops, seminars and or other events;
      • At any time that the client organization becomes a public entity;
      • Failure to accept professional mentoring or abide by the other terms of the program;
      • Unethical behavior.

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