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Apply for NEXT pre-accelerator program, starting this month in KC

Kansas City April 3, 2014 by Fred Bauters

Accelerators are popping everywhere around the Silicon Prairie and nationwide, but there isn't much out there to make sure entrepreneurs are well-equipped to get accepted or start on day one. NEXT, a pre-accelerator program backed by Startup Weekend, Google for Entrepreneurs, Techstars and the Global Accelerator Network, comes to Kansas City later this month to offer a mentor-driven leg up on the rest of the applicant field.

Diana Kander, senior fellow at Kauffman Foundation, leads a team of mentors who will help startups focus on validating a problem, understand customer development, grow their networks and get weekly coaching. The program consists of five weekly, three-hour sessions. Everyone will be expected to do work outside of the sessions and complete a set of deliverables for the following week. The best of the groups will have an opportunity to attend a global demo day in NYC with a curated group of investors, accelerators and press.

The program runs from April 21 to May 19 at the Sprint Accelerator from 5:30–8:30 p.m on Mondays. Register now for the early-bird price of $200—the cost will rise to $300 as the application close date, April 15, nears. 

To apply, visit the Kansas City NEXT site.

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