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Santa Cruz Accelerates

What is SCW Accelerator?

These are exciting times as you begin or extend your journey into entrepreneurship!

The SCW Accelerator is a Santa Cruz Works Program built to serve our Santa Cruz county tech community in collaboration with UCSC.

We serve our entrepreneurs and focus on building a vibrant startup community in Santa Cruz County. Our entrepreneurs come from all around the world, UCSC, Cabrillo, the Cal State University system, professionals that work in Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, Silicon Valley, the San Francisco tech ecosystem. We access to the world’s top talent and the most vibrant venture capital investors.

We all come to Santa Cruz County for its physical beauty, the beautiful ocean and beaches, the redwoods and hiking trails, our award winning schools and an overall great quality of life.

Our values prize balance as we integrate life and work. We try to avoid commuting the hill freeing up time to spend on our ventures, adventures, families and friends.

SCW’s objective is to bring our world class mentor guided 6 month program, funding (up to $100,000 per company), networks of experts and networks of resources together to help you further develop your capabilities and extend your success as a company. The outcome is to increase your odds of success and accelerate you towards significant traction with your customer base.

Rapidly growing customer traction is a key success metric. Should it be achieved, it is this demonstrated, rapidly growing customer traction that will be of greatest interest to next round (larger seed round or series A) investors as you graduate from the SCW Accelerator.

How does it work?

Are you a technology entrepreneur with a great idea in a rapidly growing market? You should apply to become a portfolio company.

Apply to Santa Cruz Accelerates

Everyone is encouraged to apply should you meet our criteria captured in detail in the application. Our criteria include the following: You should have a working prototype and you should have engaged with a large number of potential customers documenting their pain points and having them use your product and provide you with feedback.

We are currently accepting applications for Cohort 3 starting August 1, 2018 and closing September 15, 2018.

For Further insight into our process and timeline, please review the pdf below.

Apply here

Questions? Contact matthew@santacruzworks.org