Kick Maine - I
An Inclusive Pre-Accelerator Focused On Idea & Early-Stage Businesses
About Kick Maine - I
Do you have: an idea, a dream, a draft business plan, a prototype, or a handful of customers and some revenue?
Kick Portland – Maine is an “Inclusive Incubator/ Accelerator” open to all who apply, wiDo you have: an idea, a dream, a draft business plan, a prototype, or a handful of customers and some revenue?
Kick Portland – Maine is an “Inclusive Incubator/ Accelerator” open to all who apply, with a focus on idea-stage and early-stage businesses and social enterprise. Whether you are for-profit, non-profit, or any hybrid model in between, we are here for you.
The MBA-caliber, concentrated 6-week course is both intensive and collaborative. Our program is based on the “Lean Startup” principles, and guides entrepreneurs through learning the fundamental tools they need to launch their startups, or strengthen and pivot their pre-existing businesses.
Participants are provided with online videos and literature that walk through how to design your business model, take a prototype to full-scale, implement sales and marketing, understand your startup financials, and pitching techniques to raise capital or crowd-fund your start-up. Twice a week the cohort meets in the classroom where the facilitator leads discussions and activities based on the online materials. Expert mentors come to discuss various topics, share their experiences and provide one-on-one guidance.
The dynamic blend of co-working, teamwork, workshops, lectures, and fireside chats decreases your time to market, and increases your probability of success.
The program layout:
Weeks 1-2: Are all about ideation. We uncover the core problem to be solved, the solution to this problem and focus on building a “Minimum Viable Product” (MVP)
Weeks 3-5: Are focused on execution and validation. Teams are encouraged to “launch” their MVP into the market and elicit customer feedback. We make this easier by bringing in a host of well-qualified mentors that twist and bend the assumptions of the MVP.
Weeks 5-6: Are about presentation. The final step in Kick is getting on stage in front of an audience of potential customers and potential investors, and making them believe in your business. We spend the entire last week practicing our pitches so that everyone is fully prepared.more
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