“Make sure you stand out” is probably the first piece of advice that you’ll hear when you’re filling out an application for a new job, a university place, or pretty much anything these days. It’s good advice, but it’s vague and very easy to say. The question is how exactly can you stand out?
We can’t tell you how to secure a slot at Harvard or make it onto the X-Factor stage (sorry). However, we can tell you how to give yourself the best chance when applying to join our accelerator programme.
Our team has worked with over 70 startups at the ProVeg Incubator, and we’ll soon be hosting our 9th cohort. Over the last few years, we’ve reviewed thousands of applications and, while no two are identical, we can definitely pin-point the things that we love to see from founders, and the things that we would rather you left out. Here is our advice to you.
Find out who you’re speaking to
Before you begin filling in the accelerator application form, make sure that this is the right programme for you. In other words, do you align with our mission? Do you have the kind of set-up, product, aspirations, and team that we’re looking for?
Just as importantly, does our programme offer you the kind of support and resources that your company needs? It’s important to be honest with yourself about all of this from the get-go.