Accelera Program

 

What is Accelera?

The Accelera Program is a round table discussion group led by an industry or academic facilitator on topics that are central to the issues and challenges faced by very early stage startups within the academic/hospital research environment.

Who is this for?

Accelera is for entrepreneurs to share their experience, knowledge and challenges with each other so that they may help navigate common problems, succeed and grow. In general, we share our experiences, strengths, and challenges on a given topic– to learn from each other and with each other.

The program is divided up into 3 groups based on what stage entrepreneurs are at with their ventures: 1. Education phase; 2. Discovery phase; 3. Venture & Scale phase.

Accelera 1.0: TR Talks

Education phase groups or individuals, will be invited to TR Talks led by Joseph Ferenbok at the Translational Research Program. These sessions will occur the first Tuesday of every month from 5:00-7:00PM. Follow the links below to register.

September 8, 2020 | 5-7PM:  How Has COVID Changed Translation?

October 6, 2020 | 5-7PM:  Ethics & Patients in Research

November 3, 2020 | 5-7PM:  Rapid Approvals– COVID-19 Models and Sustainability

Accelera 2.0

Level 2 companies will be invited to a monthly round table discussion led by Paul Santerre. These round table discussions will coach groups toward completing more of their business plan and facilitating peer to peer support between groups at similar phases in their business development. Start-ups who have attended a minimum of 50% of the sessions by March 2021 will be eligible for our professional service voucher program.

Accelera 2.0 sessions will take place on the last Thursday of every month. The final 30 minutes of each session will be dedicated to networking for those interested in exchanging expertise or sharing current problems with fellow founders, cofounders, etc. 

September 24, 2020 | 8:00-9:30AM:  Pivoting: How to be Especially Adaptive

October 29, 2020 | 9:30-11:30AM:  Non-Dilutive Funding (Accelera 2.0 & 3.0 Joint Session)

November 26, 2020 | 8:00-9:30AM:  Procurement

January 28, 2021 | 8:00-9:30AM:  Regulatory Pathway: Focus on Budgeting and Timeline

February 25, 2021 | 9:30-11:30AM:  Legal (Accelera 2.0 & 3.0 Joint Session)

March 25, 2021 | 8:00-9:30AM:  Team: Company Formation and Building your Team

April 22, 2021 | 8:00-9:30AM:  Business Development Strategy

May 20, 2021 | 8:00-9:30AM:  Prototyping

June 24, 2021 | 8:00-9:30AM:  Time & Project Management

July 22, 2021 | 8:00-9:30AM:  Making Connections and Collaborations

Please email info.h2i@utoronto.ca to RSVP and receive the link for our upcoming session.

Accelera 3.0

Level 3 and 4 companies will be invited to monthly round table discussion led by Andris Lauris. This round table series will focus on helping start-ups with their final points to scale. As businesses grow, there are a lot of new challenges and hurdles to overcome. These discussions will bring together founders and entrepreneurs in the health care space to learn from and support each other in a safe environment. 

Accelera 3.0 sessions will generally take place on the third Wednesday of every month, with certain exceptions such as joint sessions. The final 30 minutes of each session will be dedicated to networking for those interested in exchanging expertise or sharing current problems with fellow founders, cofounders, etc. 

September 23, 2020 | 12:00-2:00PM:  Financial and Investment Partnerships

October 29, 2020 | 9:30-11:30AM:  Non-Dilutive Funding (Accelera 2.0 & 3.0 Joint Session)

November 25, 2020 | 12:00-2:00PM:  The Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Investment and How it has Affected Entrepreneurs

January 27, 2021 | 12:00-2:00PM:  Valuations and Deal Structures

February 25, 2021 | 9:30-11:30AM:  Legal (Accelera 2.0 & 3.0 Joint Session)

March 24, 2021 | 12:00-2:00PM:  Mergers and Acquisitions

April 21, 2021 | 12:00-2:00PM:  Sales and Branding: Selecting the Best Marketing Platform

May 19, 2021 | 12:00-2:00PM:  Legal/Governance: Board of Directors and Advisory Boards

June 23, 2021 | 12:00-2:00PM:  Team: Recruiting and Staffing

July 21, 2021 | 12:00-2:00PM:  Clinical Studies and Industrial Partnerships

Email info.h2i@utoronto.ca to RSVP and receive the link for our upcoming session.