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The Brutal Economics of Running a Startup Accelerator

alleywatch-logoNote: A version of this post appeared in my semi-regular column on AlleyWatch.

Startups, ever wonder what it’s like on our side of the curtain?

For the past several Julys, I’ve been going to Montreal to participate in Startupfest. Often, I address the startups during the main festival on the usual topics: how to find investors, how to solicit feedback on your startup idea, etc.
This year I spoke at the pre-festival “Acceleratorfest.” Held the day before the main event, it’s an opportunity for people who run accelerators to meet, share what works, commiserate with each other about what doesn’t, and generally learn from each other.

The topic they asked me to speak about was the economics of running an accelerator program. So if you ever want to know what keeps us up at night, here’s your chance:

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The Brutal Economics of Running an Accelerator