We’re excited to be offering a New Zealand accelerator programme first: a free 5-week Market Validation course for programme applicants.
All you have to do to be eligible is to ensure that your application has been started and you’ve completed your team profile.
Jeff Mann, from The Validator, takes us through what the course will entail.
What’s the Market Validation Course?
We help early stage startups to get accelerator ready, bridging the gap between idea and accelerator.
Accelerator programmes provide startups with a small amount of seed funding and resources to help facilitate growth. They typically focus on helping teams to build a product, get market traction and raise their first round of funding.
The Market Validation Course supports founders to form well-validated ideas, develop as entrepreneurs and build relationships with customers, so teams are in a good position to enter an accelerator programme.
Our goal is to get teams to a stage where they can focus on product, growth and funding during their time in the accelerator, and cultivate the capabilities to make the best decisions for their company.
What makes this different from an accelerator programme?
New Zealand is still developing it’s startup ecosystem. Unlike Silicon Valley and other well established startup hubs, our culture and education is not startup focused. Most first-time entrepreneurs need support to craft brilliant ideas and talents into a startup that is ready to be accelerated.
We help founders to develop the entrepreneurial mind-set. We believe this focus will help kiwis turn great ideas into large scale companies. We also support teams to learn core skills around validation, customer discovery and building a strong startup foundation.
Our programme is digital so we can help teams from across New Zealand and even abroad.
What does this course look like?
The Market Validation Course will be run over 5 weeks, specifically for applicants of the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator.
At the beginning of the 5 weeks, teams join us for an induction session to set objectives for the course. We will hold these sessions in Wellington and Auckland on the 7th and 8th of November.
Throughout the remainder of the Market Validation Course, the focus is on execution and validation. Video content and tools are provided to help teams upskill and assist with the validation process.
We’ll also have specialised mentors helping participants quickly learn best practice methods and giving relevant, personalised feedback.
Why is this Market Validation Course worth doing?
This course kickstarts a personal development journey for startup founders, that focuses on the mindset as much as it focuses on the skill set.
You’ll walk away equipped to make the best decisions for your company, and be more self-aware with your development.
Here’s a few things you can expect to gain from the course:
- Put together the variables that will turn your idea into a viable start-up
- Build confidence and resilience to create a unique, high growth company
- Become better prepared for the acceleratation ahead
How You Can Join
You must start your application for the 2016 Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator before November 1 and have your team profile completed to qualify for the Market Validation Course. 20 applicants will be selected to go through. By completing the course you are expected to be in a much better position to get into the Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator programme.
The course is free for participants, and you can do it on your own time, so, you have nothing to lose. Get your application in early to get selected. We look forward to helping you develop your idea and your team to a position where you can thrive in an accelerator environment.
Don’t miss out on your chance to go through this free course! Apply Now