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The International Accelerator

Fall 2015 Site Review

Position: Business Development Intern
Student: Economics Junior

The International Accelerator is not your ordinary startup accelerator, but more like an American cofounder for international startups. In fact, they are one of only a handful of similar partners in the U.S. and IA is the only one in Texas. IA’s format mirrors the individual real world needs of foreigners and international startups.

IA carefully matches startups with capital, proven subject matter experts, top-tier professional services and residency support. I have been working at the accelerator since January 2014 for about 15-20 hours a week split between Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. My official title is “Venture Analyst” and I wear a variety of hats here at IA.

When I began in January, my primary focus was organizing our SXSW exhibit and global connection events. I worked with an outside designer to create IA’s first exhibit in the Interactive trade show and served as the point of contact for all startups, mentors and investors participating in IA events. Nowadays my main focus is vetting startup applications and preparing a competitive analysis on those that are promising to present to the board.

Through out my internship I have worked on an on boarding guidebook to pass out to newly initiated startups, maintained and generated content for all social media outlets and our website, engaged in competitor research of other accelerators in the area, and identifying and contacting potential partners and sponsors for our Managing Directors. The International Accelerator is a startups itself and has only been up and running for a little close to 2 years.

I am currently one of seven team members, so I suspect that as the company continues to grow my job will become more specialized. I actually helped pick out last summer’s interns and wrote their job descriptions. We have one intern that serves as the point of contact for all our Country Advisors, a second that focuses on the application selection and screening process, another who is our event coordinator and a fourth who is responsible for carrying out the on boarding process.

Spring 2015 Site Review

Position: Program Specialist Intern
Student: Economics Junior

The International Accelerator is not your ordinary startup accelerator, but more like an American cofounder for international startups. In fact, they are one of only a handful of similar partners in the U.S. and IA is the only one in Texas. IA’s format mirrors the individual real world needs of foreigners and international startups. IA carefully matches startups with capital, proven subject matter experts, top-tier professional services and residency support.

I have been working at the accelerator since this past January for about fifteen hours a week split between Monday and Wednesday. My official title is “Program Specialist” and I wear a variety of hats here at IA. When I began in January, my primary focus was organizing our SXSW exhibit and global connection events. I worked with an outside designer to create IA’s first exhibit in the Interactive trade show and served as the point of contact for all startups, mentors and investors participating in IA events.

During these first few months I also started working on an onboarding guide to pass out to newly initiated startups, maintained and generated content for all social media outlets and our website, engaged in competitor research of other accelerators in the area, and identifying and contacting potential partners and sponsors for our Managing Directors.

The International Accelerator is a startups itself and has only been up and running for a little over a year. I am currently one of only two interns, so I suspect that as the company continues to grow each intern’s job will become more specialized. I actually helped pick out the summer interns and wrote their job descriptions. We have one intern that serves as the point of contact for all our Country Advisors, a second that focuses on the application selection and screening process, another who is our event coordinator and a fourth who is responsible for carrying out the onboarding process. I will be staying on the team this summer but working remotely from Houston on all out social media and press relation initiatives.

Spring 2015 Site Review

Position: Program Specialist
Student: Economics Junior

The day at IA starts at 9 am. I start my day by attending a Skype call with our country advisor based out of Milan, Italy. He tells me about the latest developments and the startups he is looking at. I ask him about whether there have been any complicated questions startups have asked him and what he thinks are the best ways to brand our accelerator abroad. I often start my workdays by Skyping European advisors, as their time zones make it hard for us to find other times that work better.

The next item on my day is reviewing startup applications and issuing recommendations to my boss on which he should prioritize looking at. I look at their executive summaries, business plans, product demos and their answers to our application form to see whether they might make a good fit. I only act as an initial screen and I try to cut the ones that clearly will not make it.

The last part of my day tends to be spent supporting our country advisors around the globe, be it through distributing new material such as IA posters or creating new material but also answering any questions they may have. I also get to sit in at a lot of meetings with potential advisors we interview.


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