June-August 2020

Summer Accelerator

For Boston College startups. Apply by April 29th at 11:59pm.

Kudzai Taziva, Co-Founder of Super Coffee, and Mike Nardella, Co-Founder of Relevize, speaking to SSC companies.
Ben Jabbawy, Founder of Privy, spending time with SSC companies.

All companies with an affiliation to Boston College are encouraged to apply to the SSC Venture Partners Summer Accelerator.

Brad McNamara, Co-Founder of Freight Farms speaking to SSC companies.

Workshops

Learn important skills every founder should have a strong grasp of: product management, legal, and more.

Office space

Work out of the offices of high-energy Boston startups, immersed with their cultures and teams (COVID-permitting).

1-on-1 coaching

Learn how to set goals and hold your team accountable during weekly Venture Partner meetings.

Seed funding

Receive $5k in seed funding, with opportunities to raise more from the SSC's investors.

Mentor program

Receive high-quality advice from dozens of hand-picked mentors in a variety of roles.

Fireside chats

Hear established Boston founders tell the stories of how they grew their companies against the odds.

Requirements

You must be affiliated with Boston College

At least one founder must be a part of the Boston College community. This includes alumni, students, faculty, and staff.

You must be full-time this summer

You must be working on your business full-time between June-August in Boston (COVID-permitting).

You must be incorporated

If you're accepted into the Summer Accelerator, your business must be incorporated before the program begins in June. We'll help you through the process.

Apply

If you’re ready to apply, fill out the application form by one of the deadlines.

  • Early decision deadline: April 29th at 11:59pm.
  • Last chance deadline: May 2nd at 11:59pm.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Yes! Students, both undergrad and post-grad are encouraged to apply.

Yes. All founders must be working on the company in Boston for the duration of June-August 2020.

No. If you’re in the early stages of exploring a startup idea, you will get a lot of value out of the accelerator program. However, founders must work on their company full-time during the accelerator and are expected to be interested in pursuing their company full-time after the accelerator.

The accelerator starts at the beginning of June and ends mid-to-late August. Exact dates are confirmed once participating companies have been finalized. This allows us to make sure all founders can make key dates like orientation day.

It’s your company so you still control the majority of your time every day.

Some days you will have SSC mentor meetings for 45 minutes. Some days you will meet with a Venture Partner for a weekly check in. Some days the whole program will get together for a 2-hour fireside chat or workshop. This is a self-driven program so the mantra is “What you put in is what you get out.”

You will get the most value out of the accelerator program if you’re a first-time founder who has been building a business for at least a few months.

However, founders of all experience levels have applied to the program and the SSC does not have a preference regarding what industry you are building your company in.

Some founders have elected to enter the accelerator multiple years in a row. You’ll always learn a lot if you bring the right attitude.

All accelerator companies receive $5k seed funding and other accelerator benefits in return for 2% equity.

SSC accelerator companies are eligible for larger follow-on investments from the SSC’s Venture Fund and Limited Partners. Follow-on investment decisions are made by the SSC’s General Partners.

Good question! Hopefully, Boston’s workplaces and your ability to travel will be ‘back to normal’ by June. However, should COVID-19 continue to restrict work and travel, the program will operate online and participants will be able to start the accelerator remotely. In this case, office space will not be provided to accelerator participants.

The accelerator program is run by BC alumni who are startup founders, early-stage employees, and/or investment professionals. You can see our profiles here.

We run the accelerator alongside our other companies because we believe in supporting all entrepreneurs within the Boston College community.

Great! We love referrals. Please email duncan@sscventurepartners.com – tell us about the company and why you think they would be a good applicant.

If your question wasn’t answered here, send your question to duncan@sscventurepartners.com.