Personalized 4-week
virtual accelerator for
Taiwanese American entrepreneurs

July 19, 2021 - August 13, 2021

Applications have closed, but you can sign up for our program updates & newsletter!

Inspire. Educate. Accelerate

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Personalized, 1:1 Mentorship

Work with dedicated coaches and mentors who will help you and your team grow as leaders and innovators.

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Tight-Knit Network

Join a supportive members-only network of Taiwanese American entrepreneurs and leaders dedicated to supporting each other.

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Programming Designed for You

Learn from successful entrepreneurs and business leaders who will share approaches, frameworks, and strategies specific to helping your business get to the next level.

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Cash Prizes

Win up to $15,000 with no strings attached.

Join our online community to meet this year's mentors

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join the program?


Thanks for your interest! Unfortunately, applications have closed. However, you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn for program updates and events.




What is the cost to enter the program?


It’s free!




What is the time commitment?


SPARK Accel is a 4-week program that runs between July 19 and August 13. Most programming will take place after standard 9AM-5PM EST work hours during the weekdays.




What are the important dates?


  • May 12, 2021 : Applications open
  • June 12, 2021 : Applications are due
  • July 10, 2021 : Finalists are selected after application evaluation and interviews
  • July 19, 2021 - August 13, 2021 : 4-week virtual accelerator program
  • August 16, 2021 - August 19, 2021 : Virtual pitch judging
  • August 20, 2021 : SPARK Accel Awards




Who is eligible to apply?


SPARK Accel is open to individuals, teams, and companies that fulfill the following criteria:

  • At least one member of the founding team is Taiwanese American or of Taiwanese descent
  • Based in the U.S. with signs of traction (e.g., users, sales, product, partnerships)
  • Early stage company that has not received institutional investor funding




What are the mentor's responsibilities?


Mentors can participate in some or all of the below depending on capacity:

  • Speak in a fireside chat or panel about your expertise and everything in between
  • Host office hours for finalists and answer as many questions as you can
  • Judge the pitch competition




How can I volunteer as a mentor?


We’re always looking for excited mentors who would like to pay it forward and contribute to this community. You can fill out a short mentor survey HERE and the team will get back to you.




I'm interested in sponsoring/donating, what are my next steps?


SPARK Accel is completely run by volunteers. All donations will be used to cover operational costs and be used as prize money for applicants. Donations are 100% tax deductible. Check our Donate Page for more details. We greatly appreciate your support!




I’d like to join the SPARK Accel volunteer team, how can I do that?


We’re always looking for excited and dedicated volunteers to join our team. If you’d like to join, check our Team page for openings or send us a note at spark@tacl.org.





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SPARK Accel is an initiative under the Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL). TACL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of Taiwanese Americans. Its nationwide network of professionals, Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP), is the largest network of young Taiwanese Americans in the country. Find out more at https://tacl.org/.