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Startup Accelerator

Startup Accelerator is an intensive, 12-week boot camp designed to help OU Community members conduct rapid market testing and concept validation for early-stage business ideas, regardless of industry.

The Accelerator is intended to flesh out business concepts and to provide participants the methodologies most likely to give their businesses the best shot at growing, readying them for potential investment.

After successfully graduating from Startup Accelerator, your business (or concept) should be ready for further growth through participation in pitch competitions or other accelerators or business incubators.


The Accelerator’s structured curriculum leads participants through three core areas: customer validation, market sizing and human-centered design

This curriculum, coupled with weekly strategy sessions and guided mentorship, prepare Accelerator participants to pitch their business ideas for potential funding or other growth opportunities.

Apply to Startup Accelerator

We are not seeking applicants to Startup Accelerator at this time.

If you are interested in learning more about Startup Accelerator for later enrollment or any of our other community programs, we encourage you to contact our OU Startup Programs Director with any questions. 

Startup Accelerator Founders

We have not yet opened applications for our second cohort in Startup Accelerator.

Our first round of Accelerator founders include startups and new business concepts ranging from robotics to biotechnology to sustainability art produciton and everything in between. Check out our cohort roster to contact and learn more about our founders!