Deadline: May 8, 2016 | Apply here
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10 weeks
Date: June 2016
Location: New York City, New York

Startup52 NYC startup Accelerator

Startup52 is a tech and innovation platform to solve global problems through entrepreneurship.

The platform is focused on creating intellectually stimulating environments at our Startup52X Accelerator to help their participants launch successful ventures. Run by world class experienced mentors and experts, their programs are engaging, collaborative, and project-based, while focusing on the individual’s success.  Their goal is to solve some of the world’s pressing needs by turning viable ideas and solutions into profitable social, environmental or technological enterprises, globally.

About Startup52

Strategy + Action = Results

Startup52 is an early-stage accelerator based in New York City. As the first sole diversity-focused accelerator in NYC, Startup52 was founded by Chike Ukaegbu to identify and groom outstanding entrepreneurs, especially those from untapped and under-tapped communities. Their main goal is to increase diversity in startup and tech spaces. Startup52’s ecosystem of partners, mentors, advisers, industry experts, investors and more, helps their ventures and founders thrive well even under the daunting challenges of startup entrepreneurship.

Their program follows an intensive structure that implements strategy aimed at uniquely helping startups develop an effective framework for decision making in focusing, aligning, executing and delivering against strategic adaptive and growth initiatives. This, they hope will lead to launch, longevity, and successful exits.

Their community of mentors, advisers, experts, serial entrepreneurs and more, are successful people, who have sold businesses, held executive positions at large companies, have advanced degrees from ivy league schools, are current entrepreneurs, among other great accomplishments.

Focus areas

Startup52 is a ‘general-focus’ accelerator. They  prefer a diversified portfolio and will consider all viable ideas, from AI, to IoT, Edtech, BioTech, Cleantech, Mobile, Saas, On demand, Big Data, Privacy & Security, Hardware, Gaming, and much more. Hence, they encourage All to apply.


Your experience at Startup52X will probably be like none other. Their intensive acceleration program will expose you to the entrepreneurial rigor required to accomplish results. Besides niche sessions and working in teams to realize milestones, you will attend networking events, work with businesses and startups, meet with mentors and advisers, find and interview related funded startups, identify and engage potential customers, pitch your venture daily, among others. There will also be guest speakers and panels to answer questions and provide expert insights.

At the end of the acceleration, all teams pitch their startups to a group of selected guests and investors at our Demo Day event.


All accelerated startups, founders and teams automatically join and benefit from being a part of their strong and growing alumni network and have access to their networks and resources. They are also encouraging graduating and graduated teams to mentor newer teams.

All pre-funded alumni startups do have the opportunity to pitch at subsequent Demo Day events, after current startups. They will also work with alumni on an on-going basis and make necessary introductions along the way to ensure continued success. All other funded startups will also have access to their facility, resources and network.


Startup52 prefers applicants that have tested and proven their product. Simply, the more traction, the better! Got Revenue? Users? MVP? or not? They would like to hear from you.


  • Application deadline is May 8, 2016
  • Orientation/Kick-off Week is June 6-9, 2016
  • Program runs from June 14 – August 26, 2016
  • DEMO Day is September 1, 2016

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