Transforming promising companies into extraordinary ones
GCT is a community of startups and strategic partners that breaks from the traditional accelerator model by providing an unparalleled value proposition.
Accepted companies will receive FREE office space for a YEAR (beginning in June of 2014) with ZERO equity fee to participate. To support these companies, we have assembled an incredible group of Strategic Advisors, Mentors, Corporate Sponsors, Growth Partners, and Educational Institutions.
Put these pieces together, and our model looks something like this:
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Grand Central Tech has assembled a truly innovative group of partners to ensure our companies receive the best advice from the broadest and richest range of inputs. We have gathered an experienced and connected Strategic Advisory Board, selected Mentors and Mentor Companies that have been there before, identified a broader network of interested VC’s and Angels, reached out to Corporate Sponsors and Growth Partners, and gained access to some of New York’s most amazing schools (not to mention their alumni and parent networks who represent an incredibly diverse range of practitioner level experience). Last but not least is the community of premier startups that will be surrounding you.
We’ve carefully assembled an exciting group of Strategic Advisors that are instrumental in selecting participating startups, providing guidance, and generally shaping our program. Our advisors come from a wide array of professional backgrounds, but all have a wealth of experience and deep connections throughout the technology landscape. An initial (though still growing) list is as follows:
Founding Corporate Partners
The Founding Corporate Partners we’ve signed up are all giants in their respective industries. We will be announcing these partners in the coming weeks. Keep checking back or sign up for updates.
Starting a company isn’t easy. And while some tasks are more vital than others, every company needs to be buttoned up when it comes to their foundational documents and term sheets, their tax and accounting policies, and their strategy for making themselves known to the world. The best way to cover these bases is by working with the pros. So we’ve assembled some of the best in the game:
Finally, we’re partnering with a range of New York City high schools. On the one hand are some of New York City’s older, more established private high schools with alumni networks that touch every industry in New York City. These alumni will be invited to engage with the participating startups, sharing their knowledge as practitioners in the field, extending their connections where applicable, and serving as advisers where appropriate. On the other hand, we are working with some of New York City’s most innovative public high schools, benefiting from the incredibly talented young people their impressive tech curriculums are developing. Each of the schools, public and private, will be able to contribute current students and/or recent graduates to work as interns with the participating startups during the summer weeks.
We’re looking for companies that span the entire startup spectrum: from those that can’t spare their initial cash for a desk in a coworking space, to those that may already have some investment and revenue but can’t afford to dispense of more equity. We believe there’s a ton of potential to be unlocked by mixing companies of varying levels of maturity. And we’re looking for individuals within those companies interested in building and being a part of an enduring community that values things like mentorship and camaraderie alongside value creation and growth.
As for the focus of the program itself, we prefer to think of “tech” as “tech-facilitated entrepreneurship”. We’re as interested in the next big data platform as we are in the next great hearing aid. We want the best companies working to solve big, hard problems and unlock real value.
Maybe you’ve got a little revenue coming in the door, but could use some help to get over the hump. Maybe all you’ve got is an MVP and a strong business plan. If you think you’re after something big, we want to hear from you.
Tell us what you’re building, and let’s see if we can work together.
Interested in helping us build Grand Central Tech? Shoot us a note and let us know why and how you would like to get involved.