Last week was the first week of the AcceleratorHK program.
We have six teams that make up this cohort coming from: Hong Kong, Silicon Valley,
Mexico, and Malaysia. The teams are just starting out but are in the following domains:
social, location based, and community.
We started out with an introduction to Customer
Development by program director Paul Orlando and
then broke up the teams and gave them a Startup
Weekend style assignment : go out and work on project for 48 hours with new teammates
with a focus on Customer Development. The results were…interesting.
We had two mentors come in and work with the teams. John
Bristowe came in from Australia and spoke about HTML5 and Phonegap (since we are
a mobile accelerator) and then provided technical training on KendoUI and Icenium.
Shanghai based, Spanish investor Oscar
Ramos also came in and did a great mentoring talk on Visual
Thinking and how to use it as a tool in your customer development process.
We even had time to hit the racetrack at Happy
Valley on Wednesday night for Oktoberfest night for a cohort social.
On Friday we had our first check-in to see how the teams were doing and each team
did their elevator pitch. (One team included their winnings at Happy Valley as their
first revenue. )
A great start to the Accelerator. Stay tuned for more updates.
Stephen Forte sits on the board of several start-ups including Triton Works. Stephen is also the Microsoft Regional Director for the NY Metro region and speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application and database development including Programming SQL Server 2008 (MS Press).