Preflight is a part-time, 6 week intensive pre-accelerator program that helps "pre-startups" take those first early steps to become fully-fledged startups. Perhaps you've already started building something at a hackathon? Maybe you've been working on a concept late nights and weekends? Maybe you're looking for a co-founder to round out your team?
Preflight is run by Flightpath Ventures, Startup Edmonton and the A100, a network of experienced entrepreneurs and investors dedicated to mentoring and supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs and startups. The program is also supported by Alberta Enterprise Corporation.
The program is a mix of lectures, presentations and work sessions. You'll also get access to co-working space at Startup Edmonton. Each week, you'll be immersed in activities including:
Preflight helps you build what you'll need as you make a commitment towards becoming a full-time startup:
Ultimately, our goal with Preflight is to help you make that first real commitment to building a startup. With a real prototype built, a business model, actual customer feedback, and a team in hand, you're ready to go. Maybe you'll apply to our seed stage accelerator Flightpath (here in the city) or another program somewhere in the world. In either case, your journey to a full-time startup life begins here.
We're primarily seeking internet, mobile, and software-based startups and pre-startups who are developing a product/startup idea across a range of industries.
The program fee for Preflight is $599 plus taxes. This includes workspace at Startup Edmonton and other program materials. Participants are responsible for providing their own laptop with wi-fi for notes and work sessions. We would also recommend bringing a paper notebook for brainstorming, diagrams, and wire framing.
All teams are expected to be working on their startup and product prototypes, and work on customer development (i.e. talking to customers, partners, and channel partners) over the term of Preflight. Outcomes will be different for each team depending on the product being development, however, we expect that you will make the commitment outside of sessions to work on your startup and product, so you can take the next major step when the program is complete.
All sessions are held at Startup Edmonton at the Mercer Warehouse (10359-104 Street). As part of your registration, you'll also get access to our co-workspace. You can use that time to continue to work on your project and meet with mentors and other founders.