This program is organized in 2 phases:
4-week Business Innovation
Develop clarity about your Concept.
8-week Startup Program
Design and Develop your Startup Business.
12 weeks (3 months) 3-4 weekly training sessions 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 learn 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.
It’s perfect for who are looking for an expert-guided transition into the business world. It’s also perfect for experienced startup founders who have been in the game for a while and need an extra bit of inspiration, coaching and mentorship to achieve their top goals.
What sets our programs apart is a thriving, structured environment that guarantees learning and personal development.
Our hands on-workshops are taught by leading experts, along with individual coaching sessions, one-on-one meetings and a dedicated space to work on your project.
This program has a limited number of spots and will include both local participants from the United States as well as abroad. This accelerator takes place in the heart of downtown LA, a rapidly growing startup community -- the third largest and fastest growing tech ecosystem in the country.
You’ll be surrounded by constant business and networking opportunities, events, and other startups – the perfect environment to expand your contacts while your startup moves forward!
M-ACCELERATOR’s Startup Program also caters to international applicants. If English is your second language, we also offer a completely integrated business English program to help you properly communicate your business and marketing ideas during investor pitches or networking events in the United States or English-speaking countries.
Like the majority of our participants, if you’re traveling to Los Angeles from abroad, we already know that you’ll have a unique social and cultural experience combined with all the other tangible training benefits that our program has to offer. We will also improve your business English and communication skills significantly with our 24-hour detailed workshop (for the 12 weeks program).
You’ll discover that Los Angeles is second to none in terms of networking; you’ll meet people from everywhere in the world. For many of our past participants these contacts were extremely valuable for their professional opportunities and at various stages in the future as their business grew.
We have put together a group of proven, highly sought-after coaches, consultants and startup growth hacking experts who you will have direct access to throughout the program.
In this way, we guarantee that this startup accelerator will be innovative and insightful and teach you the valuable leadership, startup management and communication skills you need for rapid growth.
Professional Scott C. Hindell, business consultant and lead instructor at M-ACCELERATOR, who has over 30 years of experience in planning and teaching entrepreneurship courses at the University of California.
Our pitch coach Lizzy Wallace has worked at Shark Tank with Marc Cuban and Chris Sacca. She is the founder of “PitchPolish” a consulting practice focused on helping people improve their public speaking and communication skills.
Over the last 25 years Alessandro Marianantoni has researched, launched, bootstrapped numerous projects in many fields, raising vast public and private funds. He’s the founder of M Accelerator and MEDIARS LLC (mediars.la)
Mediars (our organization) has over a decade of experience in multi-faceted startup training projects that has resulted in a highly effective, hands-on learning curriculum for all attendees. You will learn how to overcome all of the biggest challenges and obstacles that prevent startup founders from reaching the next level.
Learn the strategic thinking that you need to accelerate your startup’s growth beyond expectations
Mentorship is a key to your startup’s development and a must – learn from some of the most proven mentors around.
M-ACCELERATOR has helped many of our participants achieve incredible results with their startups.
With a premier location in downtown LA, there are other startups and networking opportunities everywhere.
We are looking for participants with a viable business idea, in any stage, who need further validation and refinement of that idea, or coaching on practical and proven ways to validate their business.
If you’re looking for a simple certificate this is not the program for you.
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.
We accept applications from startup founders, business managers, and international founders/managers.
Below are some of the key problems this program can assist with depending on your role.
Whether you have zero business experience or are planning the next steps of your startup’s growth or funding, our 4 and 12-week startup program will help you with multiple goals:
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.
Last but not least, are you an international participant?
This program is catered for your needs, will help you to extend your network and if you qualify obtain funding even if English is your second language. Learn all of the above and even more with special courses and training to help you get up to speed with the startup economy in the U.S.
The program admits a limited cohort of 10 to 18 participants coming from different backgrounds and fields. It will feature parallel tracks that are customized to each participant’s project and goals – all culminating in a public pitch day event in front of our mentors and other startup experts.
We can help if you’re trying to make solid steps forward with your project, for example in order to be accepted by an incubator or getting ready for investors. We can assist with helping you obtain access to funds through our Venture Fund, our network and also other accelerator programs.
For international participants, our program will also help you increase your authority/expertise in your own country and provide more validation points to your investors back home. We can help with that.
If you’re only looking for investors or VC relationships, this program is probably not for you. We bring much more value to founders including improving their business idea or uncovering new strategies and ideas that will be discovered during the program. We value our relationships by working with you for the entire cohort and are not interested in quick deals.
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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, meeting one-to-one with mentors in our space and outside, visits, and a space for you to work at your project and become inspired with new “design-thinking” approaches to it. Many of our participants uncover totally new business opportunities with their startup through our approach and exciting new directions to pursue.
MEDIARS’ experience in multi-disciplinary projects has resulted in this unique multi-modal “design-thinking” approach to our training. This has enabled us to create a hands-on training model and a learning-by-doing curriculum that inspires true innovation and allows young founders to overcome many of the hurdles they face when entering the world of business.
We don’t have exams, but multiple presentations along the way facilitate this process along with the final pitch day. Participants present projects or startup pitches publicly to our community. All of our programs since 2006 have had a final public event with presentations.
The pitch day has several goals, the first one is to get feedback and loop it back into the growing process.
Secondly, understandably, some of the participants are interested in creating relationships with investors, partners, or other accelerators, incubators or VCs. We also assist with this but do not make it the sole focus of the pitch day event. In general, when there is value in these relationships, they will mostly be developed during the program, not at the end.
Each week we assign one or more tasks that help participants build their project, 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!
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 a lot riskier then 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!
Coaching and mentorship isn’t just beneficial for startup founders, it’s a must! Our veteran startup mentors provide a service of incredible value, showing you the real strengths and flaws of your idea and helping you refine it into something much stronger, more valuable and viable in the business world!
"Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player.”
“Does coaching work? Yes. Good coaches provide a truly important service. They tell you the truth when no one else will.”
Jack Welch, Former CEO of General Electric
At M-Accelerator Los Angeles, we deliver exceptional value through our careful choice of veteran mentorship — channeling you and supporting you to build the powerful engine that will drive your business idea forward.
Scott Hindell is the Lead instructor at M Accelerator, with over three decades of experience in entrepreneurship training at the University of California in Los Angeles and in many other settings. Professor Hindell has held many workshops in the United States and abroad including at several Chinese universities, TEDx-UCLA, and the California Restaurant Industry Conference. See Scott’s Full Bio
Professor Hindell will be training you directly during several of the workshops, where you’ll be able to rely on his extensive expertise in nearly every aspect of startup creation and growth. With an unrivaled ability to facilitate objectivity and recognize bias, he provides a refreshing and illuminating perspective on your startup idea and the ideas you will uncover.
Lizzy Wallace is a highly experienced pitch coach who has worked with the likes of Marc Cuban and Chris Sacca at ABC’s Shark Tank. She is an instructor at General Assembly and the founder of “PitchPolish” a consulting practice that helps startup founders communicate their unique story and business benefits to investors and other key stakeholders. See Lizzy’s Full Bio
Lizzy will be training you on how to effectively communicate your idea to potential investors during the pitch related workshops. You’ll get amazing guidance from someone who is unquestionably one of the world’s leading experts on pitching in the most competitive environments to help guarantee your chances of a successful pitch.
Alessandro Marianantoni has over 20 years of experience researching, launching and bootstrapping projects in many fields, raising both public and private funds. He’s the founder of M-ACCELERATOR and MEDIARS LLC (mediars.la). See Alessandro’s Full Bio.
Along with overseeing and organizing the program, Alessandro will also be participating in several of the workshops as an instructor, helping you learn the power of creative thinking as an approach to your business among other hard and soft skills. Alessandro will work with you directly throughout the entire workshop to ensure your personal growth and that it turns out to be a truly transformative experience.
We carefully choose mentors that demonstrate a positive attitude and take a personal interest in the mentoring relationship.
Our approach isn’t just to point to a solution to each problem, but we provide interactive guidance, personalized coaching so our participants receive constructive feedback.
To put it simply, you won’t find any startup accelerator mentors who are as dedicated, hard working and committed to your growth as we are. We put in the hours because we absolutely love what we do, and we love seeing our participants accomplish their dreams!
Don’t worry if you aren’t sure, we will help you find appropriate accommodations near our headquarters.
It doesn’t matter if you are traveling as an individual, with your family, or with a group – we will find a comfortable option.
Networking with key parties that can be integral to your growth, and it happens in our space and right outside. Thanks to our partners, you will be able to take part in a series of startup events in Los Angeles.
These enable you to widen your professional network in an exciting and stimulating environment.
The new M-ACCELERATOR space is in the heart of booming Downtown LA, near the University of Southern California (USC), in the middle of the thriving Los Angeles startup community – the third largest tech ecosystem in the country!
There are literally hundreds of events happening with co-working spaces popping up and new startups being formed year-round. You’ll have prime access to get out there and meet others who are like-minded and who you can learn from to get even more inspired and motivated!
Mentors from our network meet participants in different settings: Workshops, Ask Me Anything (AMA), and 1:1 sessions.
This is another great way to be introduced to the mentors.
These sessions run throughout the accelerator program with the goal of guiding the participants from their starting point to a pitch deck.
Some of the steps: Problem Statement, Alternatives, Buyer Utility Diagram, market analysis, identify and define the unique selling advantage, revenue model, Pitch Deck.
It’s essential to be able to present your idea in an effective way to gain interest and for it to become a reality. These sessions are conducted with Lizzy Wallace, a world-leading expert in pitching and business communication.
To influence others and change their mind, you have to show them a world of possibilities. This workshop helps you craft your compelling startup story which is integral to convincing key stakeholders and even refining your own purpose.
This series of meetings, usually through 1:1 sessions, allows you to use and implement several tools and automation strategies for your specific startup.
Learn all of the tools needed to launch an effective marketing campaign that is the implementation of a solid strategy. This is usually delivered through 1:1 sessions or break up sessions.
Learn how to leverage social media for a successful ad campaign. Specific workshops on Facebook Ads platform: Create Test Ads: Video Ads & Conversion Ads, Custom Conversions, Carousel Ads, Data Analysis & Remarketing, Copywriting, Facebook Ad creation & testing, Determining Lead Magnet & Creation of Landing Pages, Using Facebook to support your funnel, Facebook ad results, Discuss when to make changes & how to make changes. What happens if it doesn't work? How to pivot.
This workshop also includes the following:
The 8 weeks Intensive program:
Teams have access to of our deals:
Yes, share your struggles with us; we’ve been there!
We can help you no matter which stage your project is in because this program is customized for you. We tailor our training to focus on the many steps that happen before the development of your first Minimum Viable Product (MPV). In general we work with startups in several different stages and cover the following and more:
As long as you’re looking to improve your strategy, our program is a good fit.
Beside digital marketing solutions for your bootstrap, we can also provide guidance on technology solutions. MEDIARS LLC has vast experience in designing and developing proprietary and customized technology solutions.
Yes! This program is tailored for international participants.
The fact that you are away from home, out of your comfort zone, will encourage you to see the world a little differently, be inspired and think outside the box. We include a 24-hour English Business Workshop just for you to hone your crucial English communication skills, along with all of the other workshops.
If that’s the case congratulations!
We can help you grow it even faster and also help you find opportunities for investor funding if that is something you are seeking. If you have noticed that you aren’t reaching your revenue goals as quickly or need to do a bit more to prepare for an investor pitch, this program is exactly what you need.
Yes, we do! We can assist you with every step of finding comfortable and reasonably priced accommodations near our studio loft with convenient transportation access to each event. Feel free to apply today and we will meet with you to discuss this and the other logistics of your stay.
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.
There are several outcomes:
If you are ready or almost ready for venture capital, this program may not be for you. Check out our more optimized approach with the Online Accelerator Program. We can help assessing your stage during a call.
We do much more than connecting you with VC opportunities. We want to help both you and your business grow through mentorship, coaching lessons, and assistance with your strategic thinking. Although this program will put you in touch with venture capital pitch opportunities and help you make connections there, we are primarily focused on helping you transition into an effective leader and refining your business idea into something much more practical and viable.