Last week was the first week of the AcceleratorHK program. We have six teams that make up this cohort coming from: Hong Kong, Silicon Valley, Mexico, and Malaysia. The teams are just starting out but are in the following domains: social, location based, and community.
We started out with an introduction to Customer Development by program director Paul Orlando and then broke up the teams and gave them a Startup Weekend style assignment : go out and work on project for 48 hours with new teammates with a focus on Customer Development. The results were…interesting.
We had two mentors come in and work with the teams. John Bristowe came in from Australia and spoke about HTML5 and Phonegap (since we are a mobile accelerator) and then provided technical training on KendoUI and Icenium.
Shanghai based, Spanish investor Oscar Ramos also came in and did a great mentoring talk on Visual Thinking and how to use it as a tool in your customer development process.
We even had time to hit the racetrack at Happy Valley on Wednesday night for Oktoberfest night for a cohort social.
On Friday we had our first check-in to see how the teams were doing and each team did their elevator pitch. (One team included their winnings at Happy Valley as their first revenue. )
A great start to the Accelerator. Stay tuned for more updates.