03 February, 2022
5:30 pm
ZOOM Video Conferencing

We are no longer accepting applications to this Accelerator program.

Response to this Accelerator has been so strong that we are closing submissions early to ensure the small work groups integral to the program’s success. We may offer a similar program in the future.

Thank you for your interest. 

Want to sharpen your startup skills, work with other entrepreneurs, and get a chance to win $150?

New York Women in Business is proud to announce the 2022 Accompany Capital/ SCORE NYC Start Up Business Accelerator for Women Entrepreneurs doing business in the New York Tristate area.

This first ever NYWIB acclerator , which is presented in collaboration with NAWBO and FWA, combines focused, intensive learning with mentorship to ensure participants gain a solid foundation in the skills needed to successfully launch a startup. This accelerator – which is limited to small, hands-on groups – includes 4 weekly webinars (two-and-a-half hours each), team exercises, mentors, and weekly challenges, and culminates in a launch plan competition on March 10.

The Accompany Capital + SCORE Startup Accelerator Program for NY Women Entrepreneurs is FREE thanks to the Empire State Development Corporation’s generous support of Accompany Capital’s NYC Women Start Businesses Program.

However, you must commit to the entire six-week program, agree to work on a team, and be accepted to participate. Registrations will be limited to assure small group sizes, so apply soon to guarantee your application will be considered. Deadline for submissions: Monday, January 17.

Thursdays, February 3,10,17, 24 (Webinar & Workshops)

Thursday, March 10 (Live team presentations) 

@5:30-8:00 PM ET  

Via Zoom

Register now – registrations are limited 

The series is free but you must commit to attend ALL sessions and be accepted to participate.
$10 donations are welcome but not required

You will get program links in a confirmation email after you register and have been accepted.


Focusing on the needs of pre-startups with no revenues yet and early startups that have had revenues for less than a year, this program provides content that would cost thousands of dollars elsewhere, and mentoring and teamwork that parallel best practices of top business schools. Webinars are organized around a tightly structured curriculum that sequentially builds knowledge and skills startups should develop, with weekly sprints (?) to encourage immediate application of concepts to team projects.  


Four workshop modules

So, you have an idea (Thursday, Feb. 3)

Crystalize your idea, determine what business you are in, tightly define your target, validate the opportunity
KEYNOTE: Karen Gershowitz, SCORE mentor, marketing consultant and author

Map your plan (Thursday, Feb. 10)

Using the lean startup biz plan template, lay out your vision for your business. Identify your target, USP, key activities, channels, resources and partnerships.

KEYNOTE: Evelyn Carrasco/SBDC Business Adviser
SPRINT: Develop the most innovative idea and clearest target definition

Get out there (Thursday, Feb. 17)

Develop a messaging and communications plan: learn website basics, how to put together social media, and email strategies

KEYNOTE: Darcy Flanders, Founder and Chief Brand Strategist, Baseline Group
SPRINT: Develop the strongest business model and plan

Finding money, making money (Feb. 24)

Learn about pricing strategies, managing cash, expenses and revenues and raising money so that you lay a clear path to being able to pay yourself

KEYNOTE:  Carolyn Katz, SCORE mentor, investor, former banker
SPRINT: Develop the most innovative plan that allows you to do the most with the least amount of money.

Final presentations (Mar 10)

Teams present to peers and the best two overall launch programs – one for products and one for services — will be chosen via live-voting. Members of the winning teams each take home $150.

Mentor-driven Workshops and Cohort Teams

Workshops begin immediately after the 1-hour presentations. Participants will have the option of working on a product or a service business. They will be assigned to small teams that stay together and work on the same product or service for the duration of the program. Teams can decide what to launch, selecting from options for consideration.

Teams will work on fictitious launches to encourage risk-taking and experimentation as they progressively apply what they learn from the webinars. They may also choose to meet outside of the weekly sessions to increase their chances of winning the competition.

Eighteen experienced mentors from the NYWIB alliance and partner businesses will work with individual teams on their projects. They will also coach weekly sprints and final team competitions. More importantly, they will help participants understand how to apply what they are learning to their actual business challenges.

Rules of the Road: BEFORE YOU REGISTER, please be certain you can:

  1. Attend all 5 sessions of the program. This represents a commitment to yourself and others in the group.
  2. Work in front of a full screen computer, allowing screen sharing in a quiet area to allow you to concentrate.
  3. Agree to work with your assigned team developing your launch plans each week and the final presentation. This optimizes your learning experience by enabling you to discuss concepts with your peers and mentors
  4. Subscribe to the NYWIB / Accompany Capital email list and agree to list your name and profile if selected for marketing purposes
  5. Deadline for applications: Monday, January 17

Don’t wait! Apply now to participate

The series is free but you must commit to attend ALL sessions and be accepted to participate.
$10 donations are welcome but not required

You will get program links in a confirmation email after you register and have been accepted..

This event is jointly sponsored by New York Women in Business, Accompany Capital, SCORE NYC in collaboration with NAWBO and FWA.

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