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Business Innovation Online Module

Start Designing Your Business Project with Clarity

Entrepreneurs and designers full of ideas often struggle with finding a clear direction forward.

Do you have an incredible and impactful startup idea but aren’t sure how to get it off the ground?

This course covers how to generate, develop, and communicate ideas in an efficient and effective way.

Instruction explores common challenges and obstacles in the creative process and introduces methodologies, key tools, and techniques for creating and articulating innovative solutions.

This understanding will guide participants far after they finish the program.

Participants leave with the tools to create solutions that are exceptionally useful compared to the alternatives. 

Even though it is designed to develop communication and entrepreneurial skills, the course attract a large spectrum of participants. Upon request we can provide a certificate, and or recommendation letters for selected participants.

STRATEGIC THINKING

Learn the strategic thinking that you need to clarify and develop your idea in a successful way.

MENTORSHIP

Mentorship is a key to your project development especially at the beginning.

PROVEN METHODS

M-ACCELERATOR has helped hundreds of participants achieve incredible results with their concepts.

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

We welcome everyone! Diversity is a necessary component of our community.

Who is this Program For?

We are looking for participants with a viable business idea, to be developed as a startup or a project in a company. This program is better suited for project at the idea stage, who need further clarity and refinement,.

It is for founders or managers who are looking to make an impact with a startup and become leaders in innovation.

We do not accept every applicant and are looking for participants who are highly motivated and who have truly unique ideas and passion, and are ready to do the required work.

For Founders

Clarify your Concept

Whether you have zero business experience or are planning the next steps of your startup idea our 4-week Business Innovation program will help you with multiple goals:

  • What is your idea? Can you answer with a strong, compelling, and very interesting sentence? We can help with that.
  • What is your market? You’ll get that here.
  • Can you clearly articulate the problem you are solving with your project? You’ll get all the help you need.
  • 1-minute Pitch? We can definitely help with that. 
  • Need more confidence with pitching investors/stakeholders? A large portion of this program is dedicated to exactly that.
  • Are you validating your business idea and need to do more market research? We cover market research in detail.
  • Interested in exploring new markets for your existing business?

For Managers

The Intrapreneur

For future or current managers in innovation and digital transformation who want to develop solid skills, learn innovative design tools and perhaps are considering launching a spin-off project, our startup accelerator also offers a useful opportunity.

  • Ready to surf companies through a huge way of Digital Transformation? 
  • Need to develop tools and experience for a job in innovation? Intrapreneurial Skills are a must in the field of innovation.
  • Are you looking for an exciting job at a startup? This is a safe way to enter the startup ecosystem and gain the tools to design innovative solutions.
  • Hoping to become a major contributor to a startup team, learning the ins and outs of what it takes to run one successfully?

     

  • Want to work your way quickly to higher level managerial and C-suite positions?

     

  • Need to develop intrapreneurial experience for your job? Do it all here.

Join our Alumni Network

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Network with an international group of peers

An Opportunity to Unlock Your Creativity

These are challenging difficult times for yourself (and ourself). Don't wait, use these weeks you have now to move to a transition mindset.

Our Proven Method – Design Thinking

We believe that today’s accelerator programs need to help participants become designers [at large] and think differently.

In our view, a key element of becoming a designer is a practical capability to design solutions and systems for humans. With this in mind, our “Design Thinking” approach is key and a consistent theme throughout this program.

We use hands-on practices to delve into real-world challenges teaching you a systematic approach to problem-solving. Participants have the ability to experiment with their creativity in a safe, supportive yet challenging environment which encourages innovative “design- thinking” solutions.

The program is organized in workshops, coaching sessions. Many of our participants uncover totally new business opportunities with their idea through our approach and exciting new directions to pursue.

Take this Module Individually or Combine it with the Startup Program

Ready for the Next Step
for your Startup Idea?

Sessions Start Jan 4th

PARTNERS

$1,000,000 of partners' deals for our members! learn more

No Theories but 'Learn by Doing'

We create an environment for our participants to do the work.

The program is organized in 3 iterative sprints.

Each week we assign one or more tasks that help participants build their concept, one element at a time. It isn’t a contest among participants; if you need to spend more time on a task, we will accommodate you as needed.

We want to take the pressure off and help you experiment with the tools we’re providing and embrace failure as a component of our stimulating growing process.

You don’t have to be concerned if it turns out that your idea needs a shift to be more viable or if you have a change of heart.

We’ve had many participants change their direction or project during the program because of better solutions to the problem they are solving, and that’s one of the main benefits of our “design thinking” approach!

One of our most successful alumni pivoted half way through the program!

M-Accelerator Business Innovation Program

The best program to clarify your business proposition

This program can be combined with the Startup Accelerator Program:

4-week Business Innovation
Develop clarity about your Startup Idea.

8-week Startup Program
Design and Develop your Startup Business. 

The 4-week Business Innovation can be comined with the 8-week Startup Program.

A total of 12 weeks is the ideal amount of time to gain the key skills you need to take your startup to the next level.

Whether you are planning a big upcoming pitch to investors to secure your next stage of funding or are bootstrapping and want strategic advice on how to grow as quickly as possible, this accelerator will facilitate your progress unlike anything else.

We customize this program for your goals while you simultaneously participate in a proven comprehensive pre-set curriculum that we have developed from over a decade of founder training experience.

Throughout these weeks, you will gain incredible, transformative experiences, skills and knowledge that will prepare you to present your startup to investors for a successful pitch (if that is your goal), enhance, revitalize, improve and refine your business idea for practical growth.

You will design and learn at the same time how to effectively communicate your vision to potential partners and investors who can also help your idea move forward. 

The program is filled with hands-on workshops throughout each weekly ‘sprint’, covering a variety of topics ranging from business communication, to investor pitching, leadership mindsets and more.

Transforming Your Mindset for Success

Change How You Think for Unprecedented Results

This program is designed to help you discover a new way of thinking to see new useful ideas and opportunities within your current idea.

With our model, we stimulate participant thinking through the analysis of problems from the customer’s perspective, teaching you a systematic approach to problem-solving that will serve you well throughout each stage of your startup.

Launching a new startup project is exciting but  also (most times) a lot riskier than working for a company. If you’re inspired and want to build your project, our approach will give you the tools to get comfortable in this uncertain environment.

During the program there will be a lot of ups and downs, like in real life. If you really commit to it, the program will push your boundaries and put you out of your comfort zone for an incredible personal transformation.

This is one of the only ways that real growth happens and that’s something to get excited about!

Online Live SessionsSCHEDULE

We expect participants to attend 1.5 hour weekly session and work on the assignements for 1.5-2 hours each week.
We provide feedback also thorugh our slack group.

Live Sessions on

Live Sessions begin Sept 3rd, each Thursday
9:30 am - 11:00 am PST
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST
18:30 - 20:00 CET

Individual Feedback

Use our Slack Group for community interactions
and Individual Feedback on tasks assigned by our coaches.
This remote program allows you to enter our alumni community.

Coaches

Live Sessions, Feedback and Followups

C. Scott Hindell

Scott Hindell is Principal of Hindell Consulting where he specializes in human-centered business model design. His key role is to facilitate, for business and industry, the process of generating, developing and articulating innovative value strategies.

Recognized as a value innovation specialist, Scott has performed workshops, spoken at conferences and to groups in the United States and abroad, with participants from more than 80 countries. Notable examples of these include: Workshops - 25 CEOs and business leaders from the Chinese Productivity Center; and students and professors from several Chinese universities. Conferences - TEDx-UCLA; and California Restaurant Industry Conference. Groups – Ahmedabad Management Association, American Chamber of Commerce Japan; American Institute of Graphic Artists; and American Marketing Association.

Scott has over 30 years of teaching experience, and currently teaches a variety of disciplines for UCLA Extension (since 2001). He also leads the M Accelerator program for entrepreneurs and startups. Prior, he taught 10 years at Los Angeles Community College. The majority of his programs fall under the disciplines of business, management, entrepreneurship, design and global sustainability.

One of only a few selected instructors, Scott is a Master Teacher in UCLA Extension's Instructor Development Program (since 2005). His key role is facilitator of Instructor Orientations and the Instructor Round Table provided to over 2,000 instructors. He has also led other core workshops for the award winning program. Scott is the recipient of the 2018/19 UCLA Extension Distinguished Instructor Award.

Prior, Scott was a portfolio manager for 17 years. As a NASD Principal and Registered Investment Advisor he owned and operated his own firm for the last ten years of that period. Here he managed large equity and fixed income portfolios with a proprietary trading method he developed, which outperformed the S&P 500 9 out of 10 years with a lower beta. He also advised and managed venture capital investments and mergers during this period.

It is Scott’s deep understanding of multiple disciplines and relentless curiosity combined with his unique ability to recognize bias and facilitate objectivity that has distinguished his success in all of his efforts.

Alessandro Marianantoni

Alessandro Marianantoni is Exec. Director and Founder at M Accelerator and MEDIARS LLC in Los Angeles, offering programs to serve the Los Angeles Startup ecosystem providing students, early stage and later stage founders with skills to grow their startups.

He has designed and developed projects in different spaces: entertainment, engineering, architecture and healthcare, receiving public and private funding from a number of organizations including: UCLA (8 years several positions: Researcher, Senior Researcher, Principal Investigator), Google, Siemens, Marriott, Universal Studios, Disney, Amazon, Italian Government and the City of Pasadena.

Alessandro earned a degree in Computer Science from the University of L’Aquila, with a thesis on perceptual interfaces at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and Integrated Media System Center.

Over the years he has run numerous international programs including summer bootcamps and international research initiatives at UCLA and he is now directing M Accelerator and MEDIARS LLC.

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