Today gener8tor announced the participants of its second gBETA cohort, a new, pre-seed version of the nationally ranked accelerator program. gBETA provides intensive, individualized mentorship and coaching to its companies, as well as access to gener8tor’s network of customers, mentors and investors. The goal of gBETA is to help pre-seed stage companies gain early traction to help them compete for slots in full-time accelerators and begin the process of raising angel investment.
“These companies have made tremendous progress in just six weeks,” said Maggie Brickerman, Director of gBETA. “We hope the exciting traction they have been able to achieve with the support of the program will inspire other up-and-coming entrepreneurs to take the leap into startups.”
The program kicked off October 17th, and will close December 8th with a pitch night called LiveBETA to be held at the Brink Lounge. Anyone interested in attending this invite-only event should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2015 gBETA Cohort Overview
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gBETA is a free, six-week program that provides participants with intensive and individualized coaching and access to gener8tor’s network of mentors, customers and investors. The program is designed to help startups gain early customer traction on their product or idea, and establish metrics that make them competitive applicants for full-time accelerators or angel investment.
gBETA runs three times per year, and is capped at five companies per cohort to ensure a high level of individualized attention. gBETA companies must have at least one team member that is a student, recent alum, faculty or staff member at a college or university in Wisconsin. gBETA works with companies across all industries and business models. Startups interested in applying should contact Maggie Brickerman (email@example.com). For more information, visit www.gbetawisconsin.com.