WHAT IS THE GEEXELERATOR?

The GeeXelerator is an intensive 16-week pre-seed acceleration program that aims to help teams build a usable product with only the most essential core features, validate the core product feature with users, launch the feature online for public use, and scale their product’s user base.

Selected teams are expected to make progress towards identifying their target market, building a product feature that addresses real users’ problems, securing initial users, and making a strong business case for the product investors by the end of the 16-week program. Teams will run data-driven experiments to validate or invalidate their product’s core feature’s practical use with potential customers. They will define and refine their target market, and automate processes for scaling the products to reach more people.

The GeeXelerator Program is divided into three phases:

  • Coding to develop the most important core feature
  • Launching publicly online and demonstrating user traction
  • Business case validation and/or investment preparation

 

  • Validate your business model

  • Develop the most important core feature of your product

  • Launch your product online and Start getting customer traction

  • Meet Investors

GeeXelerator Hackathon Tryout

To be eligible for the GeeXelerator program, applying teams must be able to present a 3-minute demo of their product’s core features and business value proposition to the Gaza Sky Geeks GeeXelerator staff. All teams applying to the GeeXelerator program should participate in GSG’s GeeXelerator hackathon tryout, which will be held on 5-7th April, 2018. The hackathon tryout is your best opportunity to intensely prepare your prototype’s demo, show GSG your team’s ability to work together, and help us get to know you over three days. All participating teams will present their demo at the end of the hackathon. If your team cannot participate in the Hackathon tryout, we can offer you a demo session to present your idea in the demo day at the end of the Hackathon. You will be considered for the GeeXelerator program but you won’t be competing for the Hackathon prize with other teams. All teams seeking admission are highly encouraged to participate in hackathon.

Teams presenting demos at the hackathon will be ranked by judges and eligible for prizes worth up to $1000. Teams that present demos will also be eligible to enter the GeeXelerator program.

The GeeXelerator Program is divided into three phases:

1) Coding to develop the most important core feature

2) Launching publicly online and demonstrating user traction

3) Business case validation and/or 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 weeks 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 Startup Istanbul.

Commitment

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.

Applications to the GSG GeeXelerator program will be open on February 27, and are due at 11:59 pm March 25th. Applicants should apply through the application form on the Gaza Sky Geeks on this website [https://gazaskygeeks.com/startup-accelerator/]

Each team should submit one online application. There are two parts to the application:

  • Part 1: Applying teams fill out the online application form in which they will outline the problem they are trying to solve, how they were inspired to solve this problem, their proposed solution, and how they believe this solution might support a sustainable stand-alone business.
    • Applicants who can’t participate in the hackathon need to indicate that in the application and we will assess their situation and invite them to present their product in the Hackathon’s demo day
    • Teams that do not compete in the GeeXelerator tryout hackathon will not be eligible for hackathon prizes
  • Part 2: Applicants who pass an initial screen will be expected to join the GeeXelerator hackathon tryout, at the end of which they should present their core feature demo to GSG’s panel of judges. Teams that present a demo that meets basic requirements will be invited to participate in the GeeXelerator. If your team is for some reason unable to participate in the hackathon tryout and demo session, the entire team must come to GSG’s office for an interview and provide a 3-minutes product demo that covers:
    • Team – who you are, what you do, why you’re here (each team member should be included)
    • Problem/Solution– provide an elevator pitch about the problem you are trying to solve, your proposed solution, and some data about why your solution is better than existing solutions.
    • Market– How many people have this problem, or how big is the potential market (in people or US Dollars)? There should be enough demand that you and your potential investors can make real money.
    • Product Core Feature- Show us your product’s most important core feature. This is the feature that makes or breaks your startup idea. Ideally you have already written some code and can show us real features. At a minimum you must show wireframes or what the front-end user experience is like.


  • 10 - 15 Hours commitment per-week

    each cofounder needs to commit 10-15 hours per week, 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 deliver work on time.

  • 2 - 5 team members

    Team members should essentially be all at founder levels and should have either business or technical background (or both).

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