1. Your personal investment into the foundations of your technology venture and skill development as a founder and entrepreneur.
By design, the ThinkLab startup non-seed accelerator helps founders and entrepreneurs determine whether there is sufficient value to pursue a product or service idea, identify potential markets, develop a path to market strategy, and learn how to communicate the value of the idea to early stakeholders and adopters.
+ Mapping out the value proposition for your technology idea
+ Customer development and validation of the customer’s pain.
+ Validating your technology with your potential customers.
+ Mapping out your path to market.
+ Developing your story and pitch “arsenal” for early stakeholders and early adopters.
+ Determining to proceed, pivot or shelve your idea.
Founders must be working on some proprietary technology or process with a high barrier to entry. Founders must own the rights to the technology or have licensed the technology.
Founder must sign the client engagement agreement which includes a mutual non-disclosure agreement.
Founder must agree to attend workshops and complete the content within 16 weeks.
Founder must pay program fee of $1,000.
"ThinkLab is an outlet for the closet entrepreneur, where you can fulfill your internal destiny of writing your own path and directing your own dreams, with the support of a diverse group of innovative thinkers who mentor, grow and cultivate long lasting relationships among the community. They foster a ongoing commitment of giving back by truly giving to our community of innovators, who go overlooked and unnoticed in their day-day jobs. No company is too small, as this program will foster and grow your idea into a reality. They live by the motto “dream big, work hard, love life, and give back.”
Co-founder of Unbent
In our startup accelerator, we use the following Methodologies: Wendy Kennedy’s So what? Who cares? Why you?® Methodology and the Business Model Canvas.
Big Picture & Visual
Problem Validation & Value Proposition
Path to Market
Customer Discovery & Development
Gaps & Blind Spots
Customer Development Ctd.: Product-Market Fit?
+ Weekly Office Hours with professional services partners (attorneys, CPAs, etc.)
+ Use of TechFW facilities (conference rooms, open workspace, etc.) as available.
+ Weekly 3-hour workshops with significant work outside the workshops.
+ Skills training and toolkit development to engage potential stakeholders.
+ AWS Activate Portfolio benefits:
Cloud credits: Experiment, build, and grow with up to $5,000 in free AWS Cloud credits for 2 years.
Business support: Receive 1 year of AWS Business Support (up to $1,500 ) for 24/7 access to technical support and architectural guidance from AWS Cloud support engineers as you build and test.
Technical training: Get hands-on practice with 80 free credits for self-paced labs. The labs provide real cloud environments to help you learn and build AWS Cloud skills.
Exclusive content & offers: Take advantage of discounts, free products, recommended content, and a library of AWS services and tools through a personalized AWS Activate console.
Hatch is DigitalOcean's global startup program to help startups grow and build in the cloud.
As part of Hatch, you'll gain access to DigitalOcean's cloud for 12 months
Technical training, mentorship, and support
Opportunities to connect with the global Hatch community through a dedicated Slack
Marketing help and promotions through DigitalOcean's social channels, newsletters, and events
Invites to exclusive networking events