START is Trailhead’s startup acceleration program. It is designed to take entrepreneurs and soon-to-be entrepreneurs from idea to scaleable business in a matter of months.
Participants can enter with only an idea or join later phases based on the stage of their company. At every step they will find curriculum, mentorship and connections to build their business faster, smarter and stronger.
START consists of two phases of education and resources, giving entrepreneurs — no matter their stage — an opportunity to learn, grow and accelerate.
IDEA, SET, GO™ is designed to inspire and prepare new entrepreneurs for the earliest stages of building a product and starting a business.
We focus on developing the entrepreneurial mindset and idea validation through customer interviews and initial prototypes. 3-week program.
STARTUP NOW™ is for entrepreneurs ready to focus considerable energy in turning their vetted idea into an operating business.
Once complete, participants will have addressed legal and financial issues related to forming their entity, made significant progress on their minimally viable product, delved deeply into customer development, and prepared to pitch for seed-level investment. 8-week program.
What START participants are saying...
"...the contacts I made in class are fantastic which gave me more references to help me move forward with my business."
"[The] enthusiasm and openness of instructor was refreshing."
"Speakers were great, idea exchanges were good, as well as the interaction with other classmates."
"...good job of relating to all the varieties of businesses that those in the class."
"[My favorite part was] the opportunity to interact and be coached by people who had their own enterprises and success lessons."
The first step is the hardest...
…that’s why all of our START programs give you not just the education, but also inspiration.
You’ll learn from experienced entrepreneurs, guest speakers, domain experts and others that have actually founded, joined and run early-stage start-ups.