The program innovates on the current accelerator model, coaching new founders through the biggest obstacles to starting a company and providing accepted companies with $250k to $1m in capital.
Between October, 3, and November, 21, Unusual Ventures will host seven, three-hour, in-person Academy sessions in Redwood City, during which founders will learn practical solutions to major challenges from marquee talent, packing a year of learning into 21 hours.
Leading the program is a roster of executives, including:
– Andy Rachleff (Wealthfront, Benchmark Capital),
– Adam Grant (author, Wharton management professor) and
– Maggie Hensle (Facebook & Pinterest executive coach).
Applications are due Tuesday, August 28, and Unusual founders – former Lightspeed partner John Vrionis (Mulesoft, Docker, Nimble Storage) and Jyoti Bansal (sold his company AppDynamics to Cisco for $3.7B in 2017) – will be interviewing finalists in September.
Between now and September, they’re looking forward to meeting founders from all backgrounds and hearing more about what their working on.