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8-Week Pre-Acceleration Program

The Beta Pre-acceleration program aims to help early-stage founders gain entry into North America's Top 30 incubators, including Y Combinator, Techstars, etc. 

Incubation Support: Within 8 weeks, we will assist participating teams in launching their MVP, finding their first customer, and establishing investor relations, among other things

Financial Support: Invest in 10 teams with our partner institutions, with an average total investment of 150K USD per team.

Our next cohort will begin on March 4, 2024, and will offer 50 spots. Prospective candidates are encouraged to submit their applications at the earliest opportunity. The selection process will be highly competitive.

Beta growth path for the 8-week program

Our Target Founders

Can I apply if...

my project has no revenue?

YES!

I don’t have a co-founder or a team?

YES!

my product is not fully developed yet?

YES!

my project already has funding and users?

YES!

Our program is suitable for all founders with great ideas at the Pre-seed to Seed stages.

Gain Skills — 8-Week Entrepreneurship Training

In 8 weeks, you will learn essential knowledge as a founder, including how to build and continuously iterate an MVP, design business models, find and validate markets, and enhance pitch skills, among other topics.

Every week, our advisors, including those who have participated in YC and other top-tier accelerator programs, will share their insights based on the weekly topics, providing comprehensive entrepreneurial analysis from the perspectives of investors and successful entrepreneurs.

Week 3

Week 2

Week 1

Week 4

Talk to 50 Customers

How to Build Teams

Validate Market

Build Your MVP

Week 8

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Business Model

Iterate on MVP

How to Pitch

Find Paying Customers

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Find Advisors — Find the Best Entrepreneurial Advisors

Beta University is dedicated to providing comprehensive entrepreneurial guides and quality resources for early-stage entrepreneurs in North America. Beta's ecosystem contains over 80 experienced adviors from different sectors. Throughout the 8 weeks, participating founder teams will have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one office hours with Beta Advisors and participate in bi-weekly "Advisors Meet Founders" events. These sessions facilitate interactions with potential advisors, aiding businesses in refining their commercial logic and application scenarios.

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Zack Kass

Head of GTM @OpenAI

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Yaniv Markovski

Head of AI Specialist @OpenAI

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Pieter Abbeel

Co-founder @Covariant AI / Director at UC Berkeley AI Lab

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Bill Jia

Senior VP @Meta

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Renne Yao

Ecosystem Business Development @NVIDIA

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Wei Guo

Founder @Uphonest Capital

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Jim McKelvey

Co-Founder @Square

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Kenneth Stanley

Research Science Manager @OpenAI

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Carmen Li

Head of GTM @Bloomberg

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Eric Migicovsky

Partner @YC

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Yevgen Chebotar

Senior Research Scientist @Google

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Richard Socher

CEO & Founder @you.com

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Sanchan S Saxena

ex-VP @Coinbase

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And more...

80+ advisors at Beta

Investor Network

During the 8-week program, we will update over 200 Beta investors bi-weekly on the progress of all participating teams and assist in introducing potential investors to the teams. At the end of the program, Beta will provide angel investment to 10 top teams, offering the first check to each.

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Our Success So Far

To date, Beta has successfully assisted over 50 teams in entering top-tier incubators such as Y Combinator, Techstars, 500 Global, etc. Some outstanding projects include:

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Members.Land

Backed by Y Combinator

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Paces.ai

Backed by Resolute Ventures, Y Combinator

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LF Intelligent

Backed by IMO Ventures, XVC Fund II, Hunter Ventures, Welight Capital

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Suger.io

Backed by Y Combinator

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Aspecta.ai

Backed by Zhenfund

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Breef

Backed by Greycroft, BDMI, UTA VC, Touch Venture, The House Fund, Rackhouse Ventures

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Epal

Backed by A16Z

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Kokolu

Backed by Uphonest Capital, QF Capital

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And more...

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Cognition IP

Backed by Y Combinator

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Safebase

Backed by NEA, Y Combinator

Q & A

Q1

Does the program charge any fees or take equity?

No. The Beta Pre-acceleration program is TOTALLY free. Once selected, you can join the program, and we will directly invest in outstanding projects at the end of the 8 weeks.

Q2

How much time do I need to commit?

We require each team to participate in a 1-hour live session each week to exchange insights with advisors and other teams and receive feedback. Additionally, teams are expected to submit a weekly project update report (which takes about 5-10 minutes to complete). Over the 8 weeks, we will also host office hours, mock pitch events, investor meetups, and advisor sessions based on the weekly topics. Founders can choose to participate according to their schedule.

Q3

What is the application process?

Please click the apply button form below. We will conduct an interview, and successful candidates will receive an invitation letter. We will admit teams on a rolling basis until we reach a total of 50 teams.

Q4

Do I need to attend in person?

No, it is not necessary. However, we will host many offline events in Silicon Valley, and we encourage teams to participate in person if possible.

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