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September 12, 2012 | Tom Ballard

AccelNow accepting applications for boot camp that starts next month

AccelNow, the Northeast Tennessee regional accelerator, is planning an eight-week boot camp for six lucky start-ups in the region.

Dave Lawrence, AccelNow’s Executive Director, said that the compressed but intense activity is being billed as the “AccelNow ThrottleUp! Boot Camp.” Sessions will provide training, coaching and mentoring for the selected companies that are serious about taking their business ideas and developing them into fundable business models.

The Boot Camp includes seminar sessions, business pitch development, and pitch coaching and practice. It starts Wednesday, October 3, runs for another seven Wednesdays, and culminates with a “Demo Day” on December 5 when the companies will pitch their business models to a panel of investors and the public for cash prizes and services.

The individual five-hour per week sessions are open only to the six companies selected to participate in the training that will be conducted by Oak Ridge-based Tech 20/20. “Demo Day” runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on December 5 and will be open to the public.

There is no cost to companies selected to participate, but there is an application process. Those entrepreneurs interested in applying should contact Lawrence at

AccelNow is one of the state’s nine regional accelerators funded in part by funding from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

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