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International Program

Start-Up Course

Summer School

August 1-24, 2018

A DECADE

OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

ON CREATIVE DESIGN

BUSINESS • COMMUNICATION • ENGLISH

THE EXPERIENCE
THAT WILL ROCK YOUR WORLD

Empowering young talents

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YOUR IDEA

OUR METHOD = ACCELERATED GROWTH

M Accelerator — an innovative program in Los Angeles develops and boosts entrepreneurship in young talent. We have a dedicated workspace in LA, the third largest and fastest growing tech ecosystem in the US. Throughout this 12-week intensive program, you’ll visualize, explore, discover, and expand your potential as a startup founder.

M Accelerator offers a highly effective environment with interactive, hands-on learning by business experts and teachers from some of the top American universities.

Enrollments are open for the Winter Session January-March 2018, Spring Session: April-June 2018, Startup Summer School*: August 2018 and the Fall Session: October - December 2018

CREATIVITY AND IDEAS IN LOS ANGELES

Business Startup

Shape, test and structure your idea. Gain knowledge in each aspect of starting a new business.

  • From Idea to Business
  • Team Creation
  • Business and Marketing Plan
  • Financial Statements
  • Funding Strategies

Communication

Learn how to communicate effectively and market your project to investors

  • Technical Requirements
  • Successful Pitch for Investors
  • Visual Design
  • Pitch Deck

Marketing Skills & Tools

Get hands-on, practical experience implementing ideas, and developing & promoting your startup.

  • Wordpress Website
  • Landing Page
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Marketing
  • Presentation Skills

English Language Skills

International ESL Internationals can also improve English language skills with a world-renowned learning method.

  • Pre-arrival test
  • Pre-arrival Online Program
  • Conversation and Pronunciation
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary and Grammar
  • Business english

IDEA DESIGN & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

At M Accelerator Los Angeles, we deliver exceptional value through mentorship — channeling you to build the powerful engine that will drive your business idea forwards. A 12-week period of intense, focused attention accelerates learning to help you scale your new venture.

We follow a Multi-Modal Idea Design, experimental approach — thinking through problems from the customer’s perspective. This includes visualization, journey-mapping, brainstorming and concept development. We delve into real-world challenges teaching you a systematic approach to problem-solving. Participants have the ability to experiment in a safe, supportive environment which encourages innovative “design-thinking” solutions.

TECHNOLOGY - MEDIA - CULTURE

M Accelerator’s program focus involves a range of inventive projects that are changing our world. Industry 4.0: IoT — Cyber-Physical Systems — Computing Smart building Technologies: Control systems, Automation Arts — Entertainment — Culture — Media Production

EXPAND YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK

With more than 2,300 startups in Los Angeles, it’s a thriving tech hub of entrepreneurs, founders, and seed investors. M Accelerator participants have incredible opportunities to grow their professional networks, forming key relationships throughout our program — absolutely one of its top benefits!

INTENSIVE LEARNING

200 hours in 12 weeks + individual coaching

Get Ready for a journey of innovation, abundance, and self-discovery!

You’ll receive a comprehensive pre-arrival package full of valuable resources and great gifts, compliments of our partners. This superb pack will inspire confidence in preparing for your magnificent experience with M Accelerator in LA. We want you to start receiving the support you need to grow and develop as soon your session’s confirmed.

Your pre-arrival package aims to make your experience as smooth as possible before you embark on your entrepreneurial journey. Some of the resources included will serve you throughout the program — others, you can start using right away, like Netflix membership and much more. Contact US for more pre-arrival info.

We’ll invite you to attend our webminars where you’ll be introduced to our team in Los Angeles. You’ll learn about getting around in LA, accommodation options, the best local amenities and attractions, culture, and entertainment. Your experience starts here!

If you’d benefit from English language skills training, your English course starts at home.
As soon as you sign up for M Accelerator in Los Angeles, you’ll start the world-renowned Kaplan English program online. If you’re early, you can take advantage of a full two months of English language learning, prior to arriving in LA. To get the most from this learning opportunity, confirm your place at least three months in advance of the start date…so you don’t lose out!

Next, you’ll take our pre-arrival English test by Kaplan International to check your English level, and to tailor your curriculum going forwards.

Our introductory session is all about welcoming participants to the LA Startup Community. M Accelerator’s program orientation is designed to guide and support new students by answering all their program-related questions —  as well as helping students settle into life in Los Angeles.

This welcome session provides an opportunity to meet peers and teachers. You’ll get an overview on classes, services, policies, and benefits offered throughout the entire program —  to help you make the most of your 12-week accelerator experience.

Students who need to improve their knowledge of English will enroll in the English classes, based on their level of proficiency. The program has 55 lessons organized into weekly modules from Monday to Thursday: Conversation and Pronunciation. Vocabulary and Grammar, Business English, Conversation and Pronunciation, Writing.

The English course begins at your home!
As soon as you confirm your participation you receive recommendation and tools to start improving your English Language. The sooner you confirm the sooner you can start also with the 2 months membership with Netflix to watch tv series and movies in English before your arrival in Los Angeles.

The Entrepreneur Series offers a tremendous opportunity to discover the secrets of successful entrepreneurs — those who are changing our world. From tech entrepreneurs to manufacturing entrepreneurs, our speakers share valuable leadership insights with students. They reveal the workings of how they build companies, inspire teams, envision change, and overcome tough challenges. The Entrepreneur Series by M Accelerator follows a Q&A format with actionable advice on your startup idea or business model.

The key to reducing risks and increasing your opportunities for business success, is to develop a business model that delivers unique value.

This topic teaches participants how to develop a business model with a strategy that supports measurable growth, even in intensely competitive industries. Topics include competitive analysis, creating and defining a unique selling proposition (USP), identifying ideal customers, and honing a strategy. Real-world situations are used, and students are shown examples of application.

The class will explore the entrepreneurial process from opportunity definition to strategy planning, organizing and starting a new business venture. Students will have the opportunity to identify a business opportunity and develop the idea, applying the principles learned in class, from idea generation to value proposition, feasibility assessment, environmental scan and industry analysis, market positioning and segmentation, life-cycle use case, distribution / marketing channels, testing, sales forecasting, financials and investor pitch.

This lesson highlights the relationship between international business strategies and international law. The class begins with an overview of the US Legal System and follows with case studies from different industry segments — with a focus on Contract and Litigation Management. It’s an interactive class that provides students with a basic understanding of key methods to prevent and resolve disputes.  

Financial Statement Analysis guides students through the basics of preparing financial documents and information that investors expect to discover in a pitch. These include the sales forecast, profit and loss statement, and cash flow forecast.

Throughout this course, a showcase of case studies is presented, including Italian companies and other startup segments backed by US investors. The presentations describe the journey of startups in the fundraising process.

The lessons provide students with real case scenarios and solutions. At the end of the course participants develop an understanding of the necessary steps to follow when presenting projects to US investors.

The Digital Marketing Course teaches the techniques, tools, and practical steps for identifying keywords, and integrating social media within business marketing plans. Lessons demonstrate how efficient marketing strategies can be executed using AdWords and Facebook.
A series of case studies is presented detailing effective, profitable advertising campaigns to walk students through “tried and tested” success methods.

A great idea is only as good as the way it’s communicated. Thousands of startups in LA attract investment opportunities by presenting a winning pitch. Knowing the right way to pitch   investors can mean the difference between the success or failure of your business. This workshop teaches students how to take a startup or startup idea to the next level. Taught by a national pitch competition winner, it provides practical and valuable information any entrepreneur can use to create an effective pitch for business investors.    

This quick and intensive workshop shows you how to build presentations that really engage. Powerful ways of integrating Storytelling and Graphic Design are applied during this course to help you design compelling presentations for your startup.

Students are given stunning examples, layouts, templates, and design ideas for their presentations.

In this workshop students learn how to develop visually pleasing websites with a focus on design considerations that emphasize the user experience. Students setup simple but effective landing pages used for testing a business or product idea. During this course, you’ll create the first version of a landing page for your project using WordPress CMS. Topics include: themes research and installation, layout customization, plugins, A/B testing, calls to action, and search engine optimization for WordPress.

This class is a combination of practical workshops, and presentations of case studies from different fields. Through a series of real projects from different industry sectors—the goal is to understand multiple factors that influence transformation of an idea into a physical or digital project. Case studies include real ideas that became successful products or services, and others that failed. You’ll explore their differences as well as their paths to success or failure.

Topics include:

  • Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
  • Planning, & Scheduling
  • User Personas for your MVP
  • Product Market Fit
  • Mockups
  • Productivity tools

This interactive course stimulates students to brainstorm common mistakes, as well as how to find tech co-founders.

MULTI-MODAL APPROACH

An effective method that supports creative learning. Transforming ideas into entrepreneurial projects.

Our academic experience comes public and private industry sectors spanning Technology, Arts, Communications, and Entertainment — supported by a strong professional network.

The overall goal of our program is to define and expand individual “hard skills” from your education and experience, and develop transversal skills (soft skills).

These are the skills that make a difference among individuals or teams with the same titles.  

The multi-modal approach involves different modes of learning; visual, audio, text, speech, and moving imagery (video). This fulfills a multitude of cognitive abilities to develop relational, communicative, organizational, problem-solving, and team-work skills.

ABOUT

US

We’ve a decade of hands-on experience presenting international programs for young creatives, helping them prepare for real-world business challenges. We believe in “learning by doing” and utilizing the design-thinking approach of innovation leaders. Our multidisciplinary learning curriculum offers the most value for building a business that can scale. We’re passionate about the innovative and entrepreneurial culture of Los Angeles — and we’re delighted to support new entrepreneurs embarking on an exciting, but unpredictable journey in the start-up world.

THE TEAM

Alex Marianantoni

DIRECTOR

Federica Bertini

MANAGER

Pingting Wei

ASSISTANT MANAGER

Marina Morozova

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Valeria Buldini

COMMUNICATION

Andrea Batticani

CFO

INSTRUCTORS & MENTORS

C. Scott Hindell

FROM IDEA TO BUSINESS

UCLA professor, Principal of Hindell Consulting where he specializes in human-centered business model design.

Barbara Chiodo

FINANCING

International finance executive, and INSEAD MBA, with a 14 years impressive record in developing media and financial services businesses.

Stefano Fiorito

CEO La Maison du Savon de Marseille

Sassan Masserat

INTERNATIONAL LAW

Lawyer at Masserat at Law, International Business
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Gianluca Paci

DBO Bank of the West

Liam Moriarty

Lawyer

CEO at Lawgood
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Lizet Zayas

Creative Director

Marta Soligo

ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATIONS

Karim De Martino

VP OPENINFLUENCE

Emanuele Ponzo

CEO CRATEFUL

James C. Roberts III

GLOBAL CAPITAL LAW GROUP

Travis Corrigan

PARTNERS

PROCESS

Enrollments are open for the following Startup programsWinter Session January-March 2018, Spring Session: April-June 2018, Startup Summer School*: August 2018 and the Fall Session: October - December 2018

Start
1

Submit Your Application

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we advise prospective participants to apply early. This can increase your chances of being selected, and securing a place on your preferred Startup Program. Our evaluation criteria - as follows:

    1. Talent - in every field
    2. Team - if you have one (not a requirement)
    3. Resume - education, experience, and accomplishments
    4. Idea - great if you have one, but not essential

Please note, our selection process includes a conference call to determine your suitability. Let us know if you have any English language concerns and we will make alternative arrangements with you.

2

Selection

Awesome! You have been selected, now you can reserve your Startup Program!

While waiting for your spot to be confirmed by M Accelerator in Los Angeles, you can attend our webminars and meetings. If necessary we will recommend some options to have your accelerator program financed.

3

Reservation (free)

Congratulations on confirming your reservation! You’re about to start a unique learning experience to improve and accelerate your entrepreneurial talent. At this point of your journey with us, we’ll define the contract, the terms of payment and the financing.

Compliments of our partners — you will start enjoying some of our program benefits before arriving in Los Angeles, including a Netflix membership if available in your country of residence.

If you decide to add the English language course, this begins at home! As soon as you confirm your participation, you’ll start an English program online. The sooner you confirm, the sooner you can start working on your English language fluency. You can access this course online for up to two months before arriving in Los Angeles.

4

Before Departing

You’re almost here!

At this stage, if you need assistance with accommodation, we can recommend options for your stay: multiple rooms, double rooms, single rooms or homestay.

You’ll receive our Guidelines for Departure, and you will also have an opportunity to attend our meetings and webminars. The meetings cover both informative aspects, and the logistics of getting around Los Angeles.

If English isn’t your native language, you will also take a pre-arrival English test.

WELCOME TO LOS ANGELES!
YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS HERE!

200

HOURS

9

INSTRUCTORS

6

TEAMS

22

NETWORKING EVENTS

2

CERTIFICATES

LOGISTICS

The workspace is in Downtown Los Angeles, premier spots in LA attracting new tech companies.

WHERE

CAN I FIND ACCOMMODATION?

During the enrollment process, if requested, we will help you to find convenient short term accommodation for your stay.

WESTWOOD - HOLLYWOOD - SANTA MONICA - UCLA - USC - DOWNTOWN LA

IMMERSIVE ESPERIENCE IN THE L.A. STARTUP ECOSYSTEM

If you’re looking for the best accelerators in the U.S., M ACCELERATOR is an innovative and hands-on program, tailored for internationals.

FAQ

Los Angeles is home to more than 2300 startups.

Thanks to the technology convergence created in the entertainment industry, Los Angeles is the most creative city of the United States.

These are the key benefits Los Angeles offers:

  1. LA Managers with extensive experience in entertainment, especially in the audiovisual field.
  2. Engineers and scientists who are highly-qualified graduates of local universities, which are always at the top of world rankings.
  3. The cost of living is lower compared to that in the Bay Area and The Silicon Valley.
  4. A growing ecosystem of accelerators, incubators, and angel investors defines the LA business landscape.

All these elements make Los Angeles the most interesting environment for innovative startups.

Our course aims to leverage these favorable conditions by offering revolutionary business training to young creatives internationally. Many of our participants select LA as their no.1 choice to embark on an accelerator program due to the incredible opportunities for growth.

There are plenty of good ideas out there, but ideas alone don’t create successful businesses.  Only experienced entrepreneurs have the knowledge or the expertise to turn an idea into a business. When you make the decision to become an entrepreneur, first you need to ask yourself if your idea is competitive, if consumers can actually appreciate it, and how you can make it happen. Our program will teach you how to strategize and execute without losing touch with your key entrepreneur motivations, or lifestyle goals. We do this by helping you ascertain that your product or service, whatever it is—can satisfy consumer needs and the objectives of the business itself.

Our testimonials include those from tutors, who on a daily basis work with startups and investments, and know how to help you progress effectively in the midst of a fast-moving, chaotic system.

The participants in our program don’t need to have a business idea prior to arriving in LA. As long as you’re willing to prepare and develop an idea throughout the course, you could be eligible for M Accelerator.

There are several outcomes:

  1. A structured business plan starting with an idea
  2. Understanding of investors’ expectations and requirements
  3. An effective pitch for investors
  4. Knowledge of building and managing a website with WordPress
  5. Awareness of how to implement effective marketing campaigns
  6. Improved English language skills and business English
  7. Social and cultural enrichment in an international environment
  8. Ability to stand out in a competitive, international environment

According to a Los Angeles based study, participation in an accelerator enhances the following aspects:

  1. The ability to get business funding
  2. The ability to become a great team player
  3. The ability to develop a network of professional contacts on and off the program
  4.  An entrepreneurial mindset
  • Business plans & business models
  • Financial planning & reports
  • Marketing & website management
  • Presentation & design concepts
  • Effective presentation techniques
  • Structuring an investor pitch

Our team has more than a decade of experience in the organization of international exchange programs. Many of our students come to the United States for the first time. Before your departure, you will have the opportunity to attend a series of meetings and webminars to prepare you for your American experience. We will also send you our Guidelines for Departure. We strive to help make your experience as worthwhile and enjoyable as possible.

HEADQUARTERS

M ACCELERATOR

WORKSPACE
824 S Los Angeles St. #400, Los Angeles CA 90014
Tel: +1 (213) 395 0995
Email: apply@maccelerator.la   Web: maccelerator.la

SCHOOL
1133 Westwood blvd, Los Angeles CA 90024
Tel: +1 (310) 579-2495

 

Downtown LA is the central business district of Los Angeles, as well as a diverse residential neighborhood of some 58,000 people. DTLA has become one of the premier spots in LA attracting new tech companies.

Westwood is home of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The people living in the neighborhood are generally young and moderately diverse ethnically, with a generally high level of income and education.

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