The MCA Startup Development program supports the development of technology-based startup companies during a program designed to help existing startups improve the viability of their product and market strategy.

The MCA Startup Development program supports the development of technology-based startup companies.

The Startup Development Program is a series of focused boot camps designed to help existing Startups improve the viability of their product and market strategy.

Startups in the program will receive access to MCA resources including:

  • the MCA Resource Network, including service providers and corporate partners
  • MCA Mentors
  • MCA Startup boot camp curriculum consisting of a series of short (3 to 6 weeks) focused weekly classes designed to help you accelerate the growth and development of your Startup. Boots camps designed around a hands-on interactive learning environment. Topics include business plan development, financial modeling, business formation fundamentals, and investor pitch preparation. Classes are supplemented by presentations by serial entrepreneurs, industry experts, and seasoned executives from across the country
  • direct advising from MCA Innovation Staff
  • MCA Innovation Center events, such as hackathons, industry events, and networking events.
  • MCA facilities, including coworking office space, product development and manufacturing space, and lab space.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for Startups in the early stages of the company’s life-cycle that are ready to accelerate their growth and development. Startups must have an existing product and a market thesis, including strategies for generating revenue. At least one founder of the Startup must be committed to the Startup full-time. The Startup team must have the ability to make progress on its product and market development during the program period. Preference will be granted to Startups working in health, medical, and biotechnology applications, however, strong applicants not working within those industries will be considered.

What do we expect?

The Startup Development program is an intensive boot camp program. Startups participating in the program will be expected to comply with several obligations to remain in the program:

  • Startups must attend mandatory events, including weekly boot camps
  • Startups will work alongside MCA Innovation Center Staff to create a progress plan for their Startup. To remain in the program, Startups will be required to participate in boot camps and meet on a monthly basis with MCA Innovation Center Staff to evaluate progress. Companies that do not make sufficient advancement on their progress plan will not be allowed to remain in the program. We understand that new ventures can be hard to predict, so we will work with startups to re-evaluate their plans on a continual basis.

Boot Camp Information

By the end of the program, Startups will participate in MCA’s Demo Day.

Startups successfully completing the Startup Development program will be considered for the Startup Support program, which includes additional access to resources and potential funding.

Boot Camps are held on Tuesdays from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Planned sessions are:

Business Plan Boot Camp
In this session, you will walk through the critical elements of a business plan using simple steps, examples and expert advice.

January 7, 2020 - February 4, 2020

Tech StartUp Boot Camp
This boot camp will focus on startup formation fundamentals such as corporate structure, partnerships, contracts, team development, IP protection, and human resource issues.

February 18, 2020 - March 24, 2020

Investor Pitch Preparation Boot Camp
This session looks at different investment opportunities, discuss issues related to equity, capitalization, and valuation, and prepares participants to pitch before potential investors.

April 7, 2020 - May 5, 2020

For more details on each of these Boot camps, contacts the MCA directly.

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