One of the accelerators we work with "Lightning Lab" in Wellington is scheduled to run in 2013 with the application window opening in September 2012. For teams interested in joining ANY accelerator program we recommend that you do your homework prior to submitting an application. You will be expected to have thought through your idea / venture so you can answer questions on your business competently. If you would like to contact us in the meantime please use the contact form on this website.
1. A big part of the selection process revolves around your team. We prefer to have two to three people in each team – if you're a singleton, accelerator programs are likely going to be too hard for you and too risky for us. More than three people adds significant complexity, and therefore risk. Most programs judge your team by their members' online footprint and references - sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, G+ and Facebook are likely to be looked at when checking you out. We suggest that you tidy these up prior to applying – make them look as professional as possible!
2. When answering open questions as part of the application process, avoid rambling answers – keep it simple!. Keep to the point, and get external feedback from people you trust about your answers before you submit.