Summer Accelerator

Launch your idea through the Innovate@BU Summer Accelerator!

BU students and recent alumni (one year since graduating) can start transforming their early-stage venture ideas (creative, tech, social, consumer) into impact through our 10-week guided accelerator program.

Meet the 2020 Cohort!

  • Airflow Seating System Technologies (Cooper Shifrin, ENG’22, Matthew Reynolds-Tejeda, ENG’22): The Airflow Seating System will change the way that bedsores are prevented through the use of an array of hexagonal air cells that have embedded pressure sensors. This system will dramatically change the way that pressure ulcers are prevented and give doctors access to metrics they have never had before.

  • BeagleNet (Peter Siegel, CAS & ENG’22, Pavel Gromov, ENG’22, Dylan Derose, ENG’22) is a mobile environment sensing platform that will allow us to build real-time air quality maps, helping cities locate sources of pollution and inform residents of air quality-related health hazards.

  • Clean Seat (Kevin Tang, QST’22), Tai Kang, ENG’20) has designed a retrofittable toilet seat that can be used to cheaply and effectively prevent common toilet messes. It ensures that you will never have to use a dirty public toilet seat again.

  • CoStudy (Brock Nelson ENG’22, Henry Kaufman CAS’22, Neev Mittal CAS’22) is a mobile application designed to connect students who want the advantage of finding people and resources based on criteria they create.

  • EventPass (Juan Zapata Gomez ENG’20, Ricardo Villarreal ENG’20)  EventPass is a subscription service that provides members the exclusive access to attend a combination of different nightclubs, music halls, concerts, and venues every month, all at a 60% discount.

  • Freshi (Sayi Makwaia QST’20, Francoise Cattaneo SAR’20) is a supply chain innovation that enables smallholder farmers to reduce post-harvest waste due to unsold produce.

  • Go Off! (Glo Robinson COM’22)  is a social platform that has re-engineered the way to have a conversation online. This app allows users to have text message-like conversations next to trending media that present issues of interest and connect with others in local proximity about those issues which cultivates a local community.

  • iCareBetter (Saeid Gholami QST’20,  Sarah Tsao COM’20) Endometriosis patients are under-diagnosed and under-treated, and there is no medical and surgical cure available for them. Our mission is to empower these patients to overcome endometriosis.

  • Mojo (Ryan Caracciolo ENG’20, Evan Caracciolo, University of Pennsylvania) Mojo is a social media designed to help college students become better connected to each other and the social scene at their university.  As students are largely unaware of the events happening on campus and university organizations struggle to promote their events to the student body, Mojo acts as the intermediary to resolve the difficulties of both parties.

  • Parkaze (Amal Radhakrishnan MET’19) is a hassle-free shared economy marketplace where you can host and rent privately owned parking spots.

  • Patient First (Fayzan Shaukat QST’22, Fiza Shaukat ENG’17) is a personalized and customizable electronic health system that connects patients, providers, and pharmacies in low-resourced countries.

  • SpecGraphixEDU (Eric Hansen COM’20) An innovative public after-school program offering live digital media classes, as well as educational Minecraft classes. The program includes an online student portal with video tutorials and more.

  • TrackSore (Ke Xu, MED’23, Junming Hu ENG’18) is developing a mobile application that works with a customized sticker to improve imaging standardization for better assessment and more precise healing prediction of wounds and to reduce associated medical costs of wound care.

  • VYVID XR (Nina Keshavarzi QST’20) is developing innovative technology to improve surgical training, enhance clinical decision making, and increase patient care by using Mixed Reality beginning with Cardiovascular.

The Accelerator Program

When is it? Monday, June 1, 2020 – Thursday, August 6, 2020 (10 weeks), at the BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center.

What does the program include? 

  • Two required weekly workshops focused on startup topics including validating your idea, market research, legal considerations, marketing, funding, and building a team. Multiple optional weekly workshops will also be offered based on the needs of participating teams. Past examples include: how to build a board, market research resources at Questrom, conducting interviews, public speaking, etc.

  • Mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs.

  • Connections to subject-matter experts and innovators.

  • Learn from an engaged group of fellow entrepreneurs. 

  • Final Showcase event to a panel of investors and community members.

The extra perks: 

  • $10,000 stipend per team.

  • Workspace at the BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center (with plenty of free coffee).

The requirements: 

  • You are a current BU student or recent alumni (one-year since graduation) team with an early-stage idea. Only one person on the team needs to be a BU student or recent alumni.

  • Your team is committed to the idea. You and your team are eager to work on the idea full-time and plan to continue work after the Summer Accelerator has ended.

  • At least two members are committed to working on the idea full time (40+hrs/week) at the BUild Lab during the program. 

  • At least one team member attends mandatory workshops sessions (2x/week), but all team members are encouraged to attend. 

  • Questions? Visit our FAQ for more details about the program and requirements.

Application Process

2020 Application & Program Dates:

  • Saturday, February 15: Applications Open
  • Thursday, February 27: Application info session
  • Monday, March 9, noon: Applications Close
  • Tuesday, March 17 by 5 pm EST: Applicants will receive a notification if they have been invited to interview for the program.
  • Saturday, March 21: 30-minute required in-person interviews conducted at the BUild Lab.
  • Friday, March 27: All teams will be notified of selection status
  • Friday, April 3: Commitment form deadline
  • Monday, June 1: Summer Accelerator begins!
  • Friday, August 6: Summer Accelerator ends