The GeeXelerator Program is divided into three phases:
- Business case validation and building business model
- Coding to develop the most important core feature
- Launching publicly online and investment preparation
Each week, teams work on a set of outputs or deliverables that will build on each other week after week to ensure you are making progress. At the end of each week, teams must submit the deliverables to the GeeXelerator program staff for review and assessment in a Google Sheets workbook. The staff provides feedback and a numeric grade indicating the quality of the deliverables to let teams know if they are on track or not.
To move from one phase to the next, teams must adequately pass a major milestone such as launching online and pitching to GeeXelerator staff. Week to week grades and feedback are to provide guidance to teams to let them know if they are on track.
At the beginning of each week, local or International mentors will deliver 2-4 hours of workshops at GSG’s office on the theme of that week’s deliverables to help participants understand the theme of that week’s work. In addition, teams will have access to weekly office hours with GSG staff and local and international mentors to ask questions and get feedback throughout the week.
The GeeXelerator Program will culminate with a demo day where remaining teams who have passed the program milestones have the opportunity to pitch to potential investors, as well as potentially travel to regional startup competitions such as RiseUp Summit.
Phase I of the GeeXelerator Program ends with a hackathon competition where startups will present their demos at the end of the hackathon. The purpose of the hackathon is to help startups identify the most core features for their products and build a product that they can use to collect data from their potential customers. The GeeXelerator staff will select teams to move to phase II of the GeeXelerator program. Teams presenting demos at the hackathon will be ranked by judges and eligible for prizes worth up to $1000.
The GeeXelerator program is heavily deliverables-based and you will be evaluated, and advance through the program, based upon the quality and professionalism of the outputs you deliver. As such, teams are not required to work in Gaza Sky Geeks or necessarily work on their product full-time. A critical part of being an entrepreneur is managing your own time. Teams are expected to attend weekly workshops and participate in scheduled mentorship sessions and to deliver work on time. If teams fail to communicate with GSG staff about obstacles or missed deliverables, they will be unlikely to advance through the program’s later stages and have the opportunity to meet with investors.