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Builders + Backers And Capital One To Launch Nationwide Program for Idea-Stage Entrepreneurs in the Mobility Industry

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Builders + Backers has partnered with Capital One to launch its first nationwide program for idea-stage entrepreneurs in the mobility industry.

The Mobility Idea Accelerator will act as an idea-stage onramp program to Capital One’s Accelerator Program, which is geared toward businesses looking to get capital ready and scale. Together these two programs will help entrepreneurs across the mobility industry to get the resources and assistance they need to advance:

  • The Idea Accelerator is ideal for anyone in the US with an idea for a potential new business in the mobility industry who is looking for help validating their ideas and getting started.
  • The Capital One Accelerator Program is ideal for startups that have or are working on a minimum viable product (MVP) and are preparing for a capital infusion to scale their company.

The Mobility Idea Accelerator is a part-time, virtual cohort-based, outcomes-driven program. Cohorts will participate in live workshops, access self-paced content and receive real-time support from seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders and experts in the mobility industry.

Key dates for idea-stage applicants are:

  • Applications Open: December 11, 2023
  • Informational Webinar: January 17, 2024 1pm ET, RSVP to Join
  • Applications Close: February 11, 2024
  • Programs Begin: March 26, 2024

Anyone with an idea is encouraged to apply to turn their ideas into potential businesses or ventures. No business plans or pitch decks are required. Each selected participant will participate in the Mobility Idea Accelerator Program, work with a Venture Studio team to refine their idea and run low-fidelity experiments to put their idea into action and receive micro-funding to cover their experimentation costs.

The Builders + Backers Idea Accelerator is an idea-stage program to take new founders from concept to testing to first launch. Nearly 1,000 new entrepreneurs (“builders”) have completed the program and hundreds of new ventures have been launched over the past two years. This new nationwide call-for-applications is open to anyone, anywhere in the United States who has an idea that relates to any aspect of the automotive or mobility industry. From sensors, electronics, drones, micro-mobility and alternative modes of movement to artificial intelligence, software, platforms, and tools that support or disrupt the mobility industry, all ideas are welcome.

Led by Donna Harris, CEO, Builders + Backers invests in entrepreneurs who are building global-scale ventures to power a new future – one where technology creates value for many instead of capturing it for a few. Through proprietary programming, Builders + Backers also inspires and equips people to best seize the opportunities of our digital era – from experimentation and solving problems in their local communities to starting new ventures that could scale.