START is a three-month, pre-revenue, tech accelerator program, designed to help founders identify their problem/solution fit. Startups in this program are at varying stages of business, from ideation, to pre-revenue, to beta. 

This program runs twice per year, winter and summer, and is delivered virtually on evenings + weekends to accommodate founders not yet working on their startup full-time.

Program Overview

  • Conduct market research and competitive analysis to clearly identify the opportunity
  • Work through your customer discovery – ensure you are solving the problem for the customer
  • Learn the skills needed to be an effective founder
  • Craft your startup’s value proposition and business model
  • Master a compelling elevator pitch with a beautiful slide deck
  • Improve your product no matter the stage (concept, MVP, BETA, V1)
  • Define key startup metrics to measure growth and traction

Program Benefits

  • Access to Cultivator HQ SLACK for the founder(s)
  • Access to Cultivator Community of Founders & Startups
  • Access to experts, mentors, and investors through Cultivator introductions
  • Perks + Discounts
  • Chance to win prizes at the pitch event following the three-month program

April 27

START Cohort 8 Demo Day

Curious about all the exciting things happening in our ecosystem? On April 27, our 10 START companies will each have 3-minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges. Join us to see who takes home the $10K prize!

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The latest news from START programming...

April 6, 2023 News, Programming

Meet the START Cohort 8 companies

We recently welcomed 10 new companies into Cultivator's START program! Here is a brief overview of each new innovation!


START Cohort 7 founders posing on stage infront of 9 monitor wall

November 7, 2022 Event recaps, News, Programming

START Cohort 7 comes to a close with Demo Day

START Cohort 7 founders put their all into Demo Day as they pitch in front a panel of expert judges and over 75 attendees. The stakes could never be higher!



May 9, 2022 Event recaps, News, Programming

Closing out START Cohort 6!

Cultivator powered by Conexus’ START Cohort 6 concluded 12 weeks of programming with an exciting Demo Day event. Learn more here!


Meet our START Cohort 5

August 10, 2021 Founders, News, Programming

Meet our START Cohort 5

We just welcomed 10 new companies into START Cohort 5 – and we’re so excited! See who they are here.


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