Stanford Instructor to Launch Accelerator for Enterprise Startups

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The Alchemist Accelerator program will focus on providing enterprise startups strong mentorship.

Amid all the entrepreneurs striving to make the next Facebook, a new accelerator program is launching to help startups become the next Box or Yammer.

Starting in July, the venture capital-backed Alchemist Accelerator program
will help 12 teams whose mission is to make products or services for businesses.

Led by investor and Stanford instructor Ravi Belani, the program will focus on providing enterprise startups “the conversation and the mentorship to really get started on a business.” That can be more important for entrepreneurs at this stage than getting a big investment, he said.

The six-month program will include mentorship from people in the industry, such as Adam Pisoni, the chief technology officer of Yammer, and Catherine Courage, the vice president of product design at Citrix. It will connect startups with companies and venture capitalists.

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