Welcome to StartupDevKit’s Online Startup Accelerator Program course page. If and when you sign up for our program, you will be empowering both your startup and yourself with a step-by-step program to help you build, launch, and grow your startup into the sustainable and profitable company that it can become.
With education from our courses, mentoring, training, community networking, and a massive resource library at your fingertips, little can stand in the way of you carrying out your startup’s mission.
A brief overview of the program
- Month 1: Getting set up and building the foundation for your startup
- Month 2: Product development + early customer acquisition & marketing
- Month 3: Launching + customer acquisition & marketing + preparing for fundraising
Our program has most of the main elements that the top physical accelerator programs have, so rest assured that you getting quality instruction.
Like most physical accelerator programs, the first month of our program is used to help your startup get set up.
Each lesson builds on the previous lessons.
The lessons are transformative and will bring help you learn how to make positive changes within both your company and yourself.
If you skip lessons and/or their assignments, then you will be doing yourself a disservice because the lessons are built upon what you did in former lessons and you will be missing out on important content that will help you actualize your dreams.
Each week has between two and five lessons.
However, only one week has five lessons, and the rest have two to four lessons per week.
They’re primarily text-based so you can easily reference back to the content, but some have videos to supplement the content.
Who Should Be Participating in the Accelerator Program?
All members of your founding team should be taking the course in unison so you’re on the same page.
This is important for both cohesiveness and preventing startup failure because the team should be growing together while participating in the program and 23% of startups fail because they don’t have the right team.
Since this program is self-guided and without cohorts, you’ll have the opportunity to take as much or as little time as you need to finish it. Don’t feel bad if you are behind in “the schedule.” It’s your time and your subscription. Use it how you see fit.
At the same time, procrastination of assignments will lead to bad results.
Don’t put off what you can do today for tomorrow or the next day.
The best thing to do is make a schedule of the lessons in your calendar and try to stick to it.
We do urge you to work quickly, as startups should generally be fast-paced, but not at the expense of information retention or quality of work.
How Long Will it Take to Complete the Program?
The larger your team, the quicker you should be able to complete the exercises for each week because you should ideally be working together to complete the assignments which are core materials for your startup.
Teams should be going through the lessons together and completing the assignments together so everyone’s on the same page, builds your teamwork, and nobody is left out of the loop.
The more you do this, the better your company will become, because startup teams should be run in a cross-functional manner anyways — rather than siloing work based on specialty.
Using this methodology, teams working on the lessons together will complete the lessons and assignments quicker than if done by one person.
This is the case for both startups that are being built as side-hustles after a normal work day or if you’re able to work full time on it.
On the flip side, the smaller the team you have, the longer it will take to complete.
Solo founders: you’ll almost definitely need to outsource work to keep a good pace of development and growth. But we recommend you find co-founders if this is the case.
Things Don’t Always Go According to Plan
Almost every startup has delays in one way or another, despite their best intentions. It’s the nature of life — most things don’t usually go according to plan.
But some things do, and we encourage you to try your hardest to stay on track for the time commitment you want to have while making sure you don’t drive yourself crazy by working yourself to the bone.
Being a CEO of a startup is a job that you truly can’t 100% prepare for. Theoretically, you can. But in practice, you have to do it to gain the experience. We help you learn, plan, and take action on what you’ve learned so you can put it into practice and gain the experience.
Maintaining Good Health During and After the Program
Burnout is a contributor to startup failure from approximately 7% of founders. Being a hard worker is a good quality. But your mental and physical health is of the utmost importance, and your health should not come at the expense of work. When work takes over and you don’t take care of your health, you will have a much greater likelihood of getting burnout.
For mental health, practice mindfulness exercises, meditation, positive affirmations, keep learning about good management practices and implementing them so the job is less stressful, and make sure you have a strong support network. Having and counseling experienced mentors will definitely help. Take breaks from work and do your best to maintain a good work-life balance, as well.
Sitting all day and night is bad for your health, especially if you ignore exercise. You don’t want to become sedentary. The effects can be very detrimental for yourself and your team if ignored for extended periods of time.
Keep up your physical health with cardio exercise, strength training, and stretching. Practice good nutrition and make sure you’re getting a full night’s sleep every night.
All of these practices will alleviate stress, increase your focus, make you happier, and promote better physical and mental health.
We also have resources on these topics in our resource library.
Moreover, because it’s a self-guided program, there are no dedicated mentors assigned to each startup. This is available to you at a very reasonable cost.
You can book mentoring sessions (limited availability) with our Founder and CEO, Carl Potak, who wrote and developed all of the lessons, built the website and platform, wrote nearly all of the blog posts, and wrote a book on startup failure and how to avoid the root causes of it.
In addition, you can ask questions in our forums (for more specific questions) or even on the lessons themselves (for less specific questions)!
When asking questions in our forums, if they’re about a topic from a lesson, you can ask questions within the threads for the week that the lesson corresponds to.
Our goal is to provide you with process, education and wisdom through the course, and highly regarded resources that will help you achieve your goals.
Just remember, if you want complete our program, and you don’t finish it within the time frame of your initial membership subscription, then you can easily renew your subscription and continue your learning, development, and growth with us.