Telluride, Colo. (Sept. 14, 2016): We’re excited to announce that we are now accepting applications to the 2017 cohort of the Telluride Venture Accelerator! Applications will be open through December 15th, 2016.
TVA’s four-month (March–June) residential business accelerator focuses on helping entrepreneurs thrive from Telluride. Some of the sectors we have particular expertise in are outdoor, tech, travel, tourism, health and wellness, and natural resource management. Within this focus, TVA prioritizes scalable products and services that serve markets beyond just Telluride.
Over the past four years, TVA has graduated 19 companies, created 83 jobs in the state of Colorado, and raised over $9.5M. Up to 10 companies will be admitted to TVA’s 2017 cohort. Each company receives $30,000 investment in exchange for a 5% equity stake.
In 2017, the TVA efforts are expanding with a new Managing Director: Marc Nager, formerly CCO of Techstars and co-founder and CEO of UP Global and Startup Weekend. The former Director, Thea Chase will be helping expand the scope of efforts to support entrepreneurs across the entire SW region.
TVA’s greatest strength is its extraordinary and growing community of 90+ mentors, all of whom are world-class entrepreneurs and business leaders who typically have some tie to Telluride or the region. Companies are emerged with a group of peers and put through an intensive, on-site bootcamp to help them refine and scale their business models.
The program itself involves over 1,000 mentor hours, building and testing business models, and developing growth models. After 4 months, companies have validated business models and present in front of our incredible network of investors and business supporters at the Telluride Demo Day on June 30th and shortly after at another Demo Day event in Denver.
TVA Vision: A truly diversified and sustainable economy in one of the world’s most authentic mountain communities. We believe that Telluride’s rich history of innovation is not only the story of the past, but also the future.
TVA Mission: We are reinventing what is possible in a mountain town by establishing Telluride as a true hub of innovation through a series of community driven programs and offerings that support entrepreneurs at any stage.
For more information on TVA or to apply, please visit our website, www.tellurideva.com or contact Marc Nager, Managing Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ashley Nager, Program Manager (email@example.com).