The experience in Los Angeles was definitely life changing. I've learned the values of teamwork and also it opened a new world of possibilities for storytelling and technology. Above all it taught me to face always new challenges. Thank you!
Shape, test and structure your idea. Gain knowledge in each aspect of starting a new business.
Learn how to communicate effectively and market your project to investors
Get hands-on, practical experience implementing ideas, and developing & promoting your startup.
Internationals ESL can improve American Business English language skills. Program 100% in English
Get Ready for a journey of innovation, abundance, and self-discovery!
You’ll receive a comprehensive pre-arrival package full of valuable resources and great gifts, compliments of our partners. This superb pack will inspire confidence in preparing for your magnificent experience with M Accelerator in LA. We want you to start receiving the support you need to grow and develop as soon your session’s confirmed.
Your pre-arrival package aims to make your experience as smooth as possible before you embark on your entrepreneurial journey. Some of the resources included will serve you throughout the program — others, you can start using right away, like Netflix membership and much more. Contact US for more pre-arrival info.
We’ll invite you to attend our webminars where you’ll be introduced to our team in Los Angeles. You’ll learn about getting around in LA, accommodation options, the best local amenities and attractions, culture, and entertainment. Your experience starts here!
If you’d benefit from English language skills training, your English course starts at home.
As soon as you sign up for M Accelerator in Los Angeles, you’ll start the world-renowned Kaplan English program online. If you’re early, you can take advantage of a full two months of English language learning, prior to arriving in LA. To get the most from this learning opportunity, confirm your place at least three months in advance of the start date…so you don’t lose out!
Next, you’ll take our pre-arrival English test by Kaplan International to check your English level, and to tailor your curriculum going forwards.
Our introductory session is all about welcoming participants to the LA Startup Community. M Accelerator’s program orientation is designed to guide and support new students by answering all their program-related questions — as well as helping students settle into life in Los Angeles.
This welcome session provides an opportunity to meet peers and teachers. You’ll get an overview on classes, services, policies, and benefits offered throughout the entire program — to help you make the most of your 12-week accelerator experience.
International Students (ESL) have the opportunity to improve their knowledge of Business English.
Assessment & Feedback
Pre-test - to understand the participants’ general communication ability in English and inform learning design
Ongoing assessments and feedback - conducted in sprints throughout the program in connection with tasks that the participants fulfill in the accelerator program
Final assessment - to evaluate the application of skills learned during the course integrated with final projects.
The course will focus on learning outcomes to cover the following areas:
The Entrepreneur Series offers a tremendous opportunity to discover the secrets of successful entrepreneurs — those who are changing our world. From tech entrepreneurs to manufacturing entrepreneurs, our speakers share valuable leadership insights with students. They reveal the workings of how they build companies, inspire teams, envision change, and overcome tough challenges. The Entrepreneur Series by M Accelerator follows a Q&A format with actionable advice on your startup idea or business model.
The key to reducing risks and increasing your opportunities for business success, is to develop a business model that delivers unique value.
This topic teaches participants how to develop a business model with a strategy that supports measurable growth, even in intensely competitive industries. Topics include competitive analysis, creating and defining a unique selling proposition (USP), identifying ideal customers, and honing a strategy. Real-world situations are used, and students are shown examples of application.
The class will explore the entrepreneurial process from opportunity definition to strategy planning, organizing and starting a new business venture. Students will have the opportunity to identify a business opportunity and develop the idea, applying the principles learned in class, from idea generation to value proposition, feasibility assessment, environmental scan and industry analysis, market positioning and segmentation, life-cycle use case, distribution / marketing channels, testing, sales forecasting, financials and investor pitch.
This lesson highlights the relationship between international business strategies and international law. The class begins with an overview of the US Legal System and follows with case studies from different industry segments — with a focus on Contract and Litigation Management. It’s an interactive class that provides students with a basic understanding of key methods to prevent and resolve disputes.
Financial Statement Analysis guides students through the basics of preparing financial documents and information that investors expect to discover in a pitch. These include the sales forecast, profit and loss statement, and cash flow forecast.
Throughout this course, a showcase of case studies is presented, including Italian companies and other startup segments backed by US investors. The presentations describe the journey of startups in the fundraising process.
The lessons provide students with real case scenarios and solutions. At the end of the course participants develop an understanding of the necessary steps to follow when presenting projects to US investors.
The Digital Marketing Course teaches the techniques, tools, and practical steps for identifying keywords, and integrating social media within business marketing plans. Lessons demonstrate how efficient marketing strategies can be executed using AdWords and Facebook.
A series of case studies is presented detailing effective, profitable advertising campaigns to walk students through “tried and tested” success methods.
During this program you will participate at hands on workshops on growth hacking techniques very useful for startup founders on the following topics: market discovery, leads generation, how to collect hundreds of responses for your questionnaires, setup digital marketing campaigns with retargeting and custom audiences, how to validate your idea online.
Bring your own laptop during the workshops!
A great idea is only as good as the way it’s communicated. Thousands of startups in LA attract investment opportunities by presenting a winning pitch. Knowing the right way to pitch investors can mean the difference between the success or failure of your business. This workshop teaches students how to take a startup or startup idea to the next level. Taught by a national pitch competition winner, it provides practical and valuable information any entrepreneur can use to create an effective pitch for business investors.
This quick and intensive workshop shows you how to build presentations that really engage. Powerful ways of integrating Storytelling and Graphic Design are applied during this course to help you design compelling presentations for your startup.
Students are given stunning examples, layouts, templates, and design ideas for their presentations.
In this workshop students learn how to develop visually pleasing websites with a focus on design considerations that emphasize the user experience. Students setup simple but effective landing pages used for testing a business or product idea. During this course, you’ll create the first version of a landing page for your project using WordPress CMS. Topics include: themes research and installation, layout customization, plugins, A/B testing, calls to action, and search engine optimization for WordPress.
This class is a combination of practical workshops, and presentations of case studies from different fields. Through a series of real projects from different industry sectors—the goal is to understand multiple factors that influence transformation of an idea into a physical or digital project. Case studies include real ideas that became successful products or services, and others that failed. You’ll explore their differences as well as their paths to success or failure.
This interactive course stimulates students to brainstorm common mistakes, as well as how to find tech co-founders.
Winter 2019 | January 3 - March 22
Spring 2019 | April 1 - June 21
Submit your application to be admitted. We look at past projects, current idea, motivations and attitude.
Based on the number of the participants, we will assign a small number of scholarships to the best applicants.
What is included:
The fee only includes the tuition. We can provide convenient recommendations for a medical/travel insurance if travelling internationally.
The tuition does not include accommodation, but we can provide support if requested.
Los Angeles is home to more than 2300 startups.
Thanks to the technology convergence created in the entertainment industry, Los Angeles is the most creative city of the United States.
These are the key benefits Los Angeles offers:
All these elements make Los Angeles the most interesting environment for innovative startups.
Our course aims to leverage these favorable conditions by offering revolutionary business training to young creatives internationally. Many of our participants select LA as their no.1 choice to embark on an accelerator program due to the incredible opportunities for growth.
There are plenty of good ideas out there, but ideas alone don’t create successful businesses. Only experienced entrepreneurs have the knowledge or the expertise to turn an idea into a business. When you make the decision to become an entrepreneur, first you need to ask yourself if your idea is competitive, if consumers can actually appreciate it, and how you can make it happen. Our program will teach you how to strategize and execute without losing touch with your key entrepreneur motivations, or lifestyle goals. We do this by helping you ascertain that your product or service, whatever it is—can satisfy consumer needs and the objectives of the business itself.
Our testimonials include those from tutors, who on a daily basis work with startups and investments, and know how to help you progress effectively in the midst of a fast-moving, chaotic system.
The participants in our program don’t need to have a business idea prior to arriving in LA. As long as you’re willing to prepare and develop an idea throughout the course, you could be eligible for M Accelerator.
There are several outcomes:
Our team has more than a decade of experience in the organization of international exchange programs. Many of our students come to the United States for the first time. Before your departure, you will have the opportunity to attend a series of meetings and webminars to prepare you for your American experience. We will also send you our Guidelines for Departure. We strive to help make your experience as worthwhile and enjoyable as possible.