Accelerators are effective. Occasionally.
And only if they deliver three key ingredients:
1.) An awesome network of successful mentors, investors, and service vendors. (Right, we all know that.)
2.) An expertise in a specific set of industries with the network that comes with that. (Yup, got it.)
3.) Experienced entrepreneurship educators and learning systems designers in place. (What? Say that again?)
Creative Startups talks with Amber Odhner & Catelyn Augustine, Co-Founders of Eat Me Ice Cream, members of the 2016 Albuquerque Accelerator cohort.
Sydney Alfonso was born and raised in New Mexico. With an intuitive sense of design and an ability to easily engage with artists from diverse cultures, Sydney has rapidly scaled a small startup into a growing design company. In mid-2014 Sydney launched Etkie, a design company supporting Native American women artisans. Etkie designers co-design exquisite products and sell these into higher-end markets, earning living wages for the women and delighting customers with unique jewelry.