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F3 Tech Pre-Accelerator Program

The F³ Tech Pre-Accelerator is a program focused on viewing the traditional industries of agriculture and seafood through the lens of innovation and technology.  Through the coordinated networking of serial entrepreneurs, mentors, coaches, industry and subject matter experts, along with investors, F³ Tech aims to position Maryland as a leader in the sectors of agritech, aquatech, and envirotech.

The F³ Tech Pre-Accelerator program is a specially-designed Proof-of-Concept process for startups and entrepreneurs looking to develop an idea or product towards commercialization.  This is the program for idea-stage or very early-stage startups to fully validate an idea for a new product or service, acquire valuable feedback from industry experts and serial entrepreneurs, and position itself to take advantage of a more aggressive, traditional multi-month accelerator program, F³ Tech or elsewhere.

The six-week Pre-Accelerator program is completely virtual.  Entrepreneurs and startups throughout the United States may participate in the weekly online sessions.  Each week there are two one-hour interactive webinar sessions as well as a one-hour mentoring session with a mentor/coach.  Each session requires participating entrepreneurs and startup teams to work between sessions and to submit the product of that effort for evaluation and critique.

It is encouraged that participants already validate any new technology or innovation before beginning the process of validating whether the product or service has the commercial opportunity.  Therefore, though it is not required, applicants already having an innovation or technology at Technology Readiness Level 6 will receive priority consideration in acceptance. The application deadline is May 19, 2019. View more about how to apply here.