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7 Lessons from 500, YC, Angelpad alum — How to Prepare For Any Accelerator Interview

7 Lessons from 500, YC, Angelpad alum — How to Prepare For Any Accelerator Interview | Startups | Scoop.it

This month 500 Startups and General Assembly teamed up to hold a pre-accelerator program. Last week, we had our mini Demo Day:

I led the final week of the program where, in addition to 60-second pitch workshops, Angel.co profile show-and-tell, and pitch deck review sessions, I organized mock accelerator interviews.

To help me, I called a few of my friends*, Ryan Jackson of Paid and Andrew Norris of Taplytics, both YCombinator alums, Mason Blake at UpCounsel and Tristan Pollock of Storefront (now EIR @500) who went through AngelPad, and Selcuk Atli and me from 500Startups (both of us with YC backgrounds from Boostable/inDinero).

We started with a panel introducing ourselves and the accelerator processes: YC does 10 minute interviews with a few partners and cares more about founders than ideas; 500 does a deeper dive over 20–30 min and focuses on people and growth. With Angelpad, you’ll be talking to Thomas and Carine, and there will be fewer companies in your cohort. Each pre-accelerator company then had a 5-minute mock interview with us.

Despite the differences between us and our accelerators, the six of us noticed very similar patterns in the founders. The following mistakes to avoid and advice will help you prepare for any accelerator interview (and some investor conversations, too!)

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 30, 2015 6:59 AM

Creating a good pitch, whether it is for an accelerator program or for any round of funding, can be challenging. There are a few guidelines that can help you overcome the most basic mistakes. This article spells it out. Read it, it will help tremendously. Excellent.

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Expert interview: 13 questions on Funding & Pitching (part 1) - The NextWomen Business Magazine

Expert interview: 13 questions on Funding & Pitching (part 1) - The NextWomen Business Magazine | Startups | Scoop.it
Expert interview: 13 questions on Funding & Pitching (part 1) The NextWomen Business Magazine Andrea Cockerton, pitch for funding expert Andrea Cockerton, founder of Mudhut Consulting, the Cambridge-based venture market consultancy works with...

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, July 1, 2013 7:18 AM

Excellent article, please READ, READ, READ, this is the information start ups need to know, click on the article headline on top!


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Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days (Includes Successful Templates, E-mails, etc.)

Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days (Includes Successful Templates, E-mails, etc.) | Startups | Scoop.it
Mike Del Ponte co-founded Soma, which raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter using virtual assistants and free apps. I first met Mike Del Ponte two years ago when he was running marketing at Bran...

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 5, 2013 9:37 AM

Fabulous advice from Tim Ferris. Check out this strategy if you're serious about a succesful crowdfunding campaign.


Some basics about crowdfunding: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/crowdfunding-startups.html


Use the Crowdfunding Pitch Formula from Dave Lavinsky to top it all off, watch the presentation video: https://growthink.infusionsoft.com/go/freemoney/gt4045/

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'Crowdfunding' trend poised to make mark on US investing landscape - Washington Post

'Crowdfunding' trend poised to make mark on US investing landscape - Washington Post | Startups | Scoop.it
'Crowdfunding' trend poised to make mark on US investing landscape Washington Post Gathering small sums of money from a large number of people online — known as “crowdfunding” — is poised to take off in the investing world, with backing from...

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 30, 2013 2:08 AM

It's happening. Expect another huge wave as soon as the SEC publishes the new rules.

Some basics for startups: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/crowdfunding-startups.html

Philip Cardwell's comment, May 7, 2013 5:47 PM
You are right, Marc. That is the message that we are trying to get to those who may want to utilize EQ CF., by having them attend: http://www.equitycrowdfundingdaily.com/1/post/2013/05/the-most-anticipated-crowdfunding-event-of-the-year.html
Marc Kneepkens's comment, May 8, 2013 12:37 AM
Good information, let's get the word out.
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Why Venture Capital Investors Should Want to See Your Five Year Financial Proforma - Rockies Venture Club

Why Venture Capital Investors Should Want to See Your Five Year Financial Proforma - Rockies Venture Club | Startups | Scoop.it
A good venture capital proforma should show all years from present through exit to demonstrate your ability to SCALE, justify VALUATION, and plan for EXIT.

Many entrepreneurs and VCs alike are hesitant to produce a proforma for more than two years out into the future.  They claim that it’s impossible to know what will happen and that the third year and beyond are “just numbers.”   While I would agree that nobody expects a startup to perform according to its projections, I am heartily in disagreement with the claim that a five year proforma doesn’t tell us anything.

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, February 12, 2014 3:15 PM

Totally agree with Peter. the numbers going out 5 years show the savvy investor that you are:

1. considerate of what they are used to seeing

2. have thought well beyond the possible about how to get there

3. that you believe you can scale and can put that on paper



And the rest of what Peter says about valuation,investor return, and exit strategy prove that you know what you are talking about. 


So many entrepreneurs think it's all about the PRODUCT PRODUCT PRODUCT. Investors don't really care that much about the product. They care about the people they are investing in. and if the people aren't willing to the the energy and thinking into a 5-year projection are they really the type of people a VC wants to invest in? 


This, I know first hand.  

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 13, 2014 11:59 AM

Learn to think like an investor is my advice to very Startup pitching to either an Angel Investor or a VC. This is another good article explaining this. Remember that financial projections are an essential part of your business plan.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 13, 2014 12:11 PM

Another great article by an investor.

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The Importance of Writing a Business Plan - exploreB2B

The Importance of Writing a Business Plan - exploreB2B | Startups | Scoop.it
Many think the main purpose for writing a business plan is for the presentation to a bank or financial institution for funding. While this may be the case, the ultimate reason should be to ...

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 29, 2013 9:23 PM

Yes, number one reason, write that Business Plan for yourself!


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Crowdfunding's Disruptive DNA: The Why, How and Who

Crowdfunding's Disruptive DNA: The Why, How and Who | Startups | Scoop.it
Investment crowdfunding is going to disrupt and re-shape early stage capital markets. But not only for the reasons you’ve likely heard. There’s more to it. Crowdfunding is the product of not one, but two, strands of disruptive DNA.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 3, 2013 9:46 AM

It's definitely evolving this way. Crowdfunding is internet based and has caused many paradigms to change or bust already. Good read.


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