The International Accelerator (IA) answered some of the most common questions. If you need more clarity or your question isn't answered below, please contact us!
Do I need to leave the U.S. after I finish your program?
No. As long as your company is incorporated as a Delaware Corporation, you are eligible to stay in the U.S. We’re partnering with the best attorneys in Austin to help you during this process.
Why is your program 12-months long?
As a foreign-based startup, you need the first couple of months to deal with legal, immigration, relocating to Austin, and navigating a brand new market.
It takes a lot of willpower to uproot yourself and move to a new country. We want to make sure you have enough time to make significant strides in our program.
How much funding and support do you offer?
Our goal is to give you the opportunity to completely focus on your startup without distractions and get you to the point where you are ready for further funding. Our team helps you to raise $500k over the course of your personalized, twelve-month acceleration program.
You receive one (1) cubicle in an open-air, modern office with million-dollar views of Westlake, Austin, Texas. One your legal paperwork is signed, you receive living accommodations in the IA Founders home for up to three-months. You are introduced to accounting, banking, marketing, tax, and real estate vendors. You receive expert counsel regarding interviewing, hiring, and on-boarding C-level executives. You receive assistance with marketing collateral, website design, presentation skills, pitch decks, and message management. We hold meetings with investors, angels, and venture capitalists on your behalf and recruit a board of advisors to mentor your startup. You also receive a strategic workshop planning session with industry experts to formulate your twelve-month strategy for success.
Our Founder who arrived to the United States from Greece at the young age of seventeen (17), opens his wide and vast array of contacts to you and your startup, ushering you to lunches, dinners, and homegrown Austin events such as ACL, SXSW, and the Austin Blues Revue, to name a few.
Our acceleration program is high-touch, personal, and hands-on. We assist you with everything you need in your relocation – from legal, visa, incorporation, transportation, housing and operating in a new culture.
How is IA different from other accelerators, incubators, angel investors, and VC firms?
We focus solely on identifying and engaging foreign-born entrepreneurs and their startups.
What are the key criteria for selection into IA's program?
- A viable product gaining market validation or traction
- A unique product addressing a specific, unfulfilled need in a large, growing U.S. market
- A confident and coachable management team with a high level of business and technical knowledge of the product and its market
- A strong business model with monetization potential
- A founding team with at least one foreign-born employee committed to moving to Austin, TX