1776, the Philly-based coworking network and business incubator with roots in D.C., is launching a virtual startup accelerator to help founders gain knowledge and tools to help take their companies to the next level. With the remote format, applications are open for founders around the country.
“We are excited to bring this dynamic programming to entrepreneurs as they seek to become investor ready and take their companies to the next level,” the company said in a statement.
The program will begin on Oct. 7. Over 10 weeks, its curriculum will give participants knowledge of the startup world, access to mentors and professionals with experience working in various communities of entrepreneurship.
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1776’s program will be virtual for the first time. It’s one of many business-building programs that shifted to virtual experiences this year.
Founders interested in participating in the 1776 accelerator can view the requirements and apply here. The deadline for applications is Sept. 18. Accepted participants will be notified by Sept. 28.
On the coworking front, 1776 has experienced significant changes since changing its business model in recent years in an effort to cut operating costs and operate on a larger scale. In 2019, 1776 closed a coworking campus in Philadelphia, and also closed locations in the D.C. area including its original incubator location before opening new sites in D.C. and North Bethesda.
The accelerator is an example of programming for startups run by the network in addition to providing space.
Michael Butler is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. -30-