Techstars, 500 Startups and Y Combinator (YC) have an acceptance rate of just 1–2%. An acceptance rate lower than Ivy league schools.

The top three accelerators (Techstars, YC and 500 Startups) account for nearly 10% of Series A recipients, according to Mattermark. Alumni of the programs include household names like Airbnb (YC), Stripe (YC), Udemy (500 Startups), Canva (500 Startups), ClassPass (Techstars) and Plated (Techstars).

Accelerators have become an indispensable part of…

Attract angel investors, convince stakeholders, and stand out among the competition with a professional pitch deck

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Thanks to a good pitch deck and presentation, my company exists in The League Of Innovators program, which accelerated 176 startups and helped them collectively raise $32M.

It helped me gain access to a suite of accessible programs and tools to provide educational experiences that shorten the path to success…

Until the invention of the sewing machine, clothes fit perfectly because they were custom-made. This led to costly clothing, so few people owned more garments than what they needed. Now ready-to-wear clothing has become mass-produced and affordable; however, this has left us with a tradeoff: imperfect size. …

Shawn Miller

Western University Alumni | Startup founder | Contributor @ Entrepreneur & Start It Up |

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