Preaccelerator is a federal training program for early stage startups (pre-seed and seed) to participate in the GenerationS corporate tracks. This is a set of online and offline educational activities aimed at improving the quality of early-stage projects and bringing them to the next stage of development.
During mandatory Preaccelerator online program, participants undergo a theoretical course on the key topics of technology entrepreneurship, finalize their projects in accordance with the acquired knowledge, receive online consulting support given by mentors and experts from the selected regional branch offices of the GenerationS Preaccelerator
Free training on GenerationS Preaccelerator online platform aims at increasing general competence level of team members in a business field and includes following units:
Within this unit, the Preaccelerator participants take part in free hands-on and educational activities (networking, trainings, workshops, expert and investment sessions) and are provided with:
At the end of regional acceleration programs, 40-50 best participants will be invited to the Demo Day of the GenerationS-2017 Preaccelerator and will be given an opportunity to demonstrate their projects to investors, representatives of development institutions and corporations to become candidates for the future GenerationS-2018 accelerator out of competition.
During online Preaccelerator, participants undergo a theoretical course on the key topics of technology entrepreneurship, finalizing their projects in accordance with the acquired knowledge, receive comments from their mentors and fill out the extended project profile (e.g. profiles describing the team, product, market, and other aspects).
According to the results of this stage, around 100 projects to participate in the full-time program will be selected from those participants who have completed the online program and filled out the extended profile.
The best participants of Online Preaccelerator will be given the opportunity to work on the creation of prototypes of their products on the basis of regional technology-equipped infrastructure platforms (CYIC, FabLabs, etc.) with minimum material and time costs.
This special 3-day full-time program includes the acquaintance of the participants with the experts, successful entrepreneurs, representatives of corporations and governmental authorities, as well as trainings and workshops to develop practical skills, networking of the Program participants and finalists of the Corporate tracks.
During the full-time intensive program, a speed-dating session will be organized in which the Preaccelerator participants will be able to find mentors for their projects.
During the next 3 months after the full-time intensive program, the individual work of Preaccelerator participants with their personal mentors will be organized. Consultations will be held both on a face-to-face basis and remotely. Following the first consultation with the supervising mentor, the projects should have goals and objectives for the development of the project for the entire period of individual work. The results of each consultation will be included in the extended project profile.
At the end of the Preaccelerator program, 50-70 projects, selected from among those with the created detailed business models and developed prototypes of their products, will be allowed to the Demo Day of the Preaccelerator Federal program.
These projects, from which start-ups with the greatest potential in the application of Russian corporations and the National Technology Initiative (NTI) will be selected, and they will become candidates for further participation in corporate GenerationS-2017 accelerators.