This fall, The Venture Center is launching its third Pre-Accelerator program, a key component of the center’s 4-stage process for developing scalable, investable businesses.
Designed for early-stage or first-time entrepreneurs, the Pre-Accelerator program is a 14-week course in which entrepreneurs receive the training and skills necessary to prepare for raising capital, joining a full-time accelerator or developing a minimal viable product (MVP) to move their big idea forward and gain momentum.
Lou McAlister, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The Venture Center and CEO of Little Rock-based Broadband Development Group, will be facilitating the fall session of the Pre-Accelerator program. A serial entrepreneur, McAlister’s latest venture is launching a new internet service provider which will bring ultra-fast, 1-Gig, fiber-like connections to Little Rock.
“An instructor of Lou’s caliber is invaluable to new entrepreneurs,” said Lee Watson, President and CEO of The Venture Center. “Theory is important, but when it comes to entrepreneurism, having real-life experience is vital. Lou is someone who has built (and is building) tech companies right here in Central Arkansas. That kind of ‘in-the-trenches’ perspective sets our entrepreneurs ahead of the game.”
In the last ten months, Venture Center member businesses have created more than 53 new knowledge-based jobs in Little Rock and secured 1.5 million dollars in investment.
“The Venture Center’s best-in-class Mentorship Network along with a comprehensive Pre-Accelerator program supports and guides startup founders to viability,” Watson said, “The Venture Center provides expertise and solutions for partners in business, government and education to bolster the economic development of Central Arkansas.”
Entrepreneurs can register for the fall Pre-Accelerator course here.