XXcelerate is thrilled to announce the launch of Cohort 3!

Applications are now open and are due Wednesday May 16, 2019

We've run XXcelerator twice now with 40+ amazing women entrepreneurs over two cohorts. Our business owners run bake shops, service consultancies, food companies, technology platforms, apparel companies, and so many more businesses. If your Oregon-based woman-founded business is seeking Community, Accountability, Vulnerability, and Just-in-Time Guidance, XXcelerator might be a great fit for you!

Cohort 3 offers an innovative, updated program to women-founded businesses at multiple stages of growth. No matter your stage and business model - early or growth, small business or scalable platform, XXcelerator can help you reach your goals. For Cohort 3, we've developed a unique curriculum that focuses on pairing you with the right set of peers, mentors, and guidance based on your business needs.

We'd love to have you join us! Apply to XXcelerator today!

More about the application process:

  • First, you'll complete the application form. There is no cost to submit your application, and it must be submitted by May 16th at midnight PST.

  • If you are having any technical difficulties or accessibility issues with the application form, please contact Kristen Gallagher at 503.734.0839 or kristen@xxceleratefund.com for support.

  • Interviews for program selection will run from May 20-22. You will interview with various members of the XXcelerate Fund board, staff, and previous cohort members. All interviews will be conducted via Zoom video calls (a free web conferencing tool.)

  • Acceptance determinations will be made after interviews and will be announced on Monday, May 27th.

  • The program orientation will take place on June 3rd.

  • For a full calendar of dates for the three-month program, please look here. Please ensure you can commit to these dates (you'll either be in the Services or the Products track, if accepted) before submitting your application.

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FAQ about XXcelerator Cohort 3:

  • Is there a cost for the program? 

Yes. Depending on your business stage and model (you might be a solo consultant, early-stage tech company, growth stage food business, or another!) you will be given options for choosing the XXcelerator track that meets your business growth needs and desires. Each track has a different cost so that it can be as accessible as possible based on your business' capacity. 

  • What is the program length? 

The XXcelerator is three months long. This is different from the length of Cohorts 1 and 2; we have innovated on our model and developed a program that offers all the benefits of a longer curriculum, but in a more accessible and digestible way! There is one, half-day workshop per month, one virtual learning experience per month, and one guest speaker event per month. Throughout each month you'll have small group & mentor meetings, accountability partner meetings, and 1:1's with XXcelerator staff. 

  • How is XXcelerator different from other accelerators? 

XXcelerator is a completely different model than many accelerators, all of which have their own benefits. XXcelerator was designed by and with women entrepreneurs and focuses on providing Community, Accountability, Vulnerability, and Just-in-Time Guidance to women-founded businesses at stage-appropriate times. We build a curated mentor set for each cohort, pair you with an accountability partner for the program, and provide in-person and virtual learning experiences to meet you and your business where you are now and take you where you want to be tomorrow. 

  • Will my business get funding from XXcelerate Fund if I am in the program?

XXcelerator is a program of XXcelerate Fund, which is the loan making part of the organization. Not all XXcelerator participants are looking for or need funding (either loans or VC investment), but the program does provide education and connections for these needs. Businesses do not simultaneously receive loan monies or investment as a function of being an XXcelerator participant. We are looking forward to announcing an innovative loan structure that all XXcelerator participants will be eligible for in the summer of 2019! 

  • What if I don't think I'm ready yet? 

Apply anyway! When you apply, you do two things: one, let us know that you're out there and are looking for support, and two, give yourself a chance to show of your business. If XXcelerator isn't the right fit for your business, we will match you with other IBRN (Inclusive Business Resource Network) organizations who may be a better fit, but we can also help you get ready for Cohort 4!

  • Have more questions? 

Send them to Kristen at kristen@xxceleratefund.com as we'll answer them as soon as possible!