Europe’s first £Million Pound Accelerator Program came to a close, well the 13 weeks part of it, Really this is only just the beginning for all the teams. I thought I would write a brief inside view of how it all went for us at Fantoo, and this article reflects my personal view as the founder of 1 of 10 companies who got “Accelerated”.
You will see from our company blog, there are a number of weeks missing from an update, but that’s just an indication of how busy we got, so its going to end up being one of those story’s you hear about the end first, and then we go back to delve into the interesting bits which got us to where we are today!
Accelerator’s are few and far between as oppose to the companies which attempt to get into one, I think that’s a good thing because I quickly realized that the program was as much about my peers, and what we could each bring to the other than as much it was the experts, and mentors we were surrounded by. Not to take anything away from them, they were very giving people, and supportive of our crazy ideas. But, Entrepreneurs are an eccentric bunch, and bring the right number of them together into a melting pot where its drummed into everyone that we’re not here to compete with each other but support and grow, then great things happen. Looking back we all grew greater than the sum of our parts, and I’ve gained a respect for all my fellow alumni, and know that as we move onwards and upwards, many of us will continue to keep in touch and make the most of our unique coming together through ignite100.
I put a Montage together of our journey through the program and hope it will inspire other aspiring Entrepreneurs to make the most of any similar opportunity which may come their way, and the single best advice this Entrepreneur can give is: Make the most of the support, and sharp people around you. Most importantly hustle the process, and never forget that it is what you make of it.
Jordan Fantaay (Founder – Fantoo.net)