Nina Stepanov is an NYC-based Principal at Acceleprise, a leading B2B SaaS accelerator and fund based in San Francisco and New York City, with their 3rd city, Toronto launching in 2020. Nina joined the venture ecosystem at Techstars in NYC after launching her career in marketing and program/product management in Boston at companies like HubSpot, Intuit, and Embedly (acq by Medium). Outside of supporting the 100+ portfolio founders at Acceleprise, Nina is an avid Crossfitter who seeks out large bodies of lake water as often as possible, all while enjoying the occasional distractions of cool coffee shops and exceptional fonts.
Startup founders have several options for growth. They can expand organically, funnelling revenues back into expansion. They can take traditional debt, avoiding dilution but eating into margins. They can close equity financing, sharing their risk but also reducing their upside. But in recent years, the accelerator option has become an increasingly popular option.
Accelerator programs are...
Accelerators promise access to funding, mentors, and a high-intensity environment that ruthlessly hones your message and proves your business model. On the other hand, they’re a huge distraction from meeting customers, shipping product, and focus.
At least, that’s what our two teams of debaters are going to argue.
In this Oxford-style...