This guide covers a set of guiding principles, specific design tools and techniques - and a set of questions to help frame your design decisions.

I'd love it if this guide became a place where we discuss issues, get help, and communicate our collective knowledge.

This is a continuous work in progress, based on your feedback, so please get in touch by email if you'd like, or join the dscussions on this guide with any questions, suggestions or comments.

If you'd like to see where it's headed, please take a look at the Future Topics section.

I hope this conversation expands to include others so that we can learn from each other. And I hope this guide evolves on that basis, helping us all keep pushing the envelope.

Founder-Centric has been intrinsically involved in over 20 accelerators and 4 universities, getting teams to traction with a more practical, time-sensitive approach to workshops. Over the years, our clients have asked us to help design their programmes.

We've seen accelerators move startups faster and help founders achieve their goals countless times. And we've been part of an evolution.

As the accelerator industry blossoms, the accelerator model is being applied in far more diverse contexts, like creative businesses, industry verticals, corporate R&D, and niche markets. The standard accelerator model (and definition) doesn't always apply - programmes must be redesigned, and lessons learned are valuable to share between them.

We'll also share lessons from our own accelerator projects in farther reaching contexts, like accelerators for freelancers, developing economies, and corporates with strategic goals that don't involve startup equity.

Salim Virani
Partner, Source Institute