StartFast Venture Accelerator


Based in Syracuse NY, StartFast is a 3 month, in residence, mentor led boot camp program for early stage startups in the software, mobile or internet space.

I co-founded StartFast in 2012, built on structured best in class program pioneered by TechStars. StartFast is a member of the elite Global Accelerator Network – an affiliation that keeps us aligned with TechStars standards and related resources of the top accelerator programs globally.

StartFast is funded entirely with private capital. Participating investors get a small equity stake in each company participating in the program.

Launching StartFast was an initiative coming out of Upstate Venture Connect as it has helped not only get more private investors Upstate engaged in helping startups but also a great mechanism to engage a wide range of our most talented high tech resources, both local and nationwide.

We’re now working on our 3rd cohort. To date we’ve helped 13 startup companies and look to bring in an additional 5-8 companies into our 2014 program.

I’m interested in people who:

  • Are launching a startup team that could be a candidate to participate in our Syracuse based accelerator program
  • Are experienced entrepreneurs (or have skills and relationships relevant for emerging tech related startups) that would consider mentoring opportunities to support Upstate startup companies, including from a distance.
  • May be interested in more information about how to invest in curated startups – either on a single company or portfolio basis.
  • Would like to attend the August 14, 2014 StartFast Demo Day to see the program graduates present to investors.

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