Preflight for Tech Startups is a part-time, 6 week intensive workshop 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?
We're primarily seeking internet, mobile, and software-based startups who have already started developing a product/startup idea.
You'll get a weekly group dinner, two evening courses, weekly mentor sessions and a drop-in membership for two months in our startup space to work on your startup.
Preflight helps you build what you'll need as you make a commitment towards becoming a full-time startup:
Preflight is limited to 10 participants selected out of a pool of candidates. Participants can also apply as teams (2-3).
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. As part of your Preflight registration, you'll also get a two month drop-in membership that provides you access to co-workspace. You can use that time to continue to work on your startup/product and meet with mentors and other founders.
Mentors are entrepreneurs and investors who will be available to Preflight founders to offer advice, feedback and help get the data needed as build and test your business model. Some mentors will be invited as guest speakers during weekly sessions. You will need to arrange your schedule for mentors (not the other way around).
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.