Venture Ready Accelerator
The Venture Ready Accelerator program connects Arizona talent with rich resources, partnering an entrepreneur with a seasoned CEO to coach them through a series of five rigorous panels over a 12-month period, resulting in a stronger business model.
The panels focus on intake, marketing, finance, dry run and final/graduation. In each panel, the company pitches its business model to a team of CEOs and professional experts and receives specific points of feedback that identify gaps and strategic opportunities.
Venture Ready Accelerator portfolio companies must apply to the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), one of the largest business plan competitions in the country. After becoming an AIC awardee, early-stage ventures flow into the Venture Ready Accelerator.
Venture Ready Accelerator portfolio companies are paired with an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) who provides one-on-one coaching through five mandatory panels focused on key business objectives designed to commercialize innovations.
In partnership with statewide organizations and companies, Venture Ready Accelerator is a connective resource for the Arizona startup community to strengthen Arizona’s innovation ecosystem – ensuring small businesses can expand through all stages of development.