START has historically been 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 identify the opportunity
  • Work through your customer discovery – ensure you are solving the problem for the customer
  • Learn the skills needed to be an influential 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

The latest news from START programming...

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!


April 22, 2022 Founders, News, Programming

START Cohort 6 Speaker + Mentor Roster

These experienced individuals have taken time out of their hustle and bustle to share their experiences, advice, and insights to support founders that are sitting in the same position as they once were. Find out who these experts are here!



April 7, 2022 Founders, News, Programming

Introducing START Cohort 6

We just welcomed 12 new startups into START Cohort 6 – and we’re so excited! See who they are and the problems they are solving here.


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