Acceleprise is Growing! Adding New York City and Melbourne to the Team

We have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season! Starting with our growing roster of founders and mentors and ending with the expansion of Acceleprise in both New York City and Melbourne. Over the last 4 years we’ve built a thriving and successful community of founders, mentors, and advisors in San Francisco. Now we’re ready to take Acceleprise to the east coast and beyond.

Today, we’re excited to open applications for both New York City and Melbourne, which will close on February 11th. If you’re a B2B SaaS founder in the early stages of building your company and looking for a hands-on accelerator that provides sales coaching and support through a wide network of mentors and advisors across the country, then apply today to any of our 3 programs.

Know someone who might be a good fit? Send the application their way!

What is the Acceleprise difference?

By no means are we the first accelerator on the east coast, but we are the first that’s dedicated to B2B SaaS ventures. This specialization gives our founders a highly personalized and hands-on experience with a small group of no more than 12 companies per cohort.

In New York, we’ve partnered with Work-Bench, the NYC-based enterprise VC fund, to offer co-working space surrounded by the B2B SaaS community that already fills the space both day and night. The program will be run out of their work space, which has been at the center of building the enterprise software community in NYC.

Once in program, regardless of location, founders have weekly 1:1 growth and fundraising coaching, custom cohort content creation, AMA speaker sessions with top startup executives as well as dinners, speaker panels, events, and introductions to industry connections.

Our network of founders, mentors, advisors, and investors across all 3 locations is growing and at the disposal of all Acceleprise founders. Both Melbourne and New York City founders will have the opportunity to go to San Francisco for 3 weeks to tap into the Bay Area network specifically.

Expanding the Team

To support our growth in the US and overseas, we’ve added 3 team members, Whitney Sales as General Partner and Program Director in San Francisco, Nina Stepanov as Venture Associate and Head of Community in New York City, and Rohit Bhargava as Program Director in Melbourne. Our current Managing Director, Michael Cardamone, will be running the NYC accelerator and Senior Associate, Alec Barrett-Wilson will continue supporting the team in San Francisco.

Whitney Sales, General Partner and Program Director, San Francisco

Prior to joining the Acceleprise team, Whitney built and lead sales teams for over a decade. She is the founder of The Sales Method and was one of the top rated mentors for multiple accelerators, including Acceleprise. Early in her sales career, Whitney helped four companies gain entry to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list, including LoopNet, Joby, Meltwater, and SpringAhead.

Nina Stepanov, Venture Associate and Head of Platform, New York City

A recent addition to the NYC startup ecosystem from Boston, Nina joins the team from Techstars, where she was an Associate for their IoT accelerator. She’s earned her B2B SaaS stripes at multiple Boston-based startups including HubSpot, Intuit, and Embedly. Nina will support Mike in running the accelerator in NYC and take on the effort to build a coast-to-coast community among our alumni network.

Rohit Bhargava, Program Director, Melbourne

Rohit is the Founder and Director of Playbook Media and host of The Startup Playbook Podcast, which is ranked #3 on iTunes in Australia for Marketing & Management. Prior to Playbook Media, Rohit was the co-founder and CEO of StageLabel, a crowd funding for fashion platform that helped launch over 150+ fashion brands globally and was the Community Manager at Startup Victoria, where he helped develop the startup ecosystem in Victoria.

We are grateful to have the support of our Advisory Board, which includes Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight, Rowan Trollope, SVP at Cisco, Susan Kimberlin, Former Director of Product at Salesforce, and our most recent additions of Matt Straz, CEO of Namely, and Adir Shiffman, Executive Chairman of Catapult Sports to support New York City and Melbourne respectively. This team, in addition to countless mentors from companies like Intercom, Box, Ring Central, Facebook, and Atlassian, are what help this accelerator thrive.

The Acceleprise team is excited for this new chapter in our journey to provide the best resources and mentorship for seed stage B2B SaaS companies across the country and now around the world. If you’re interested in learning more about our program, getting involved as a mentor, or something more, reach out to the team at [email protected].

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