The What, Why, and How of Startup Incubators & Accelerators

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Whether you've been working on your startup for a while or are brand new to the journey, even a little bit of extra support and guidance can go a long way. In the startup world, incubators and accelerators are one way of getting that boost. Startups part with a small amount of equity in exchange for guidance, resources, and connections that can make their business flourish.

While that sounds great, actually finding the right program and getting accepted comes with a dizzying array of questions to be answered:
- What's the difference between an incubator and an accelerator? Which one is right for my startup?
- How do I position my startup for either option? When is the right time to apply?
- How do I find the *right* incubator or accelerator for my industry or vertical?
- What steps should I take to get the most out of the experience?

To help answer these questions, DC Lean Startup Circle has assembled a speaker's panel comprised of DC tech veterans, each of which with their own war stories to share from this experience.

Speakers include...

Masha Sharma
CTO, Real Atom
Accelerator Experience: 500 Startups (

Kristian Bouw
Founder, NotionTheory
Accelerator Experience: Groundwork Labs // NC Idea (

Laura Fredericks
Co-Founder, Paradigm Labs
Accelerator Experience: MassChallenge (

6:30 PM - Arrival, Networking, Refreshments
7:00 PM - Program Starts
8:00 PM - Audience Q+A
8:30 PM - Program Wraps

Interested in speaking? We are looking for speakers for future meetups. If you would like to present, please send us an email at [masked].