PROGRAM OVERVIEW

SPARK Accel is a personalized 4-week virtual accelerator that will work with Taiwanese American startups on growing their ideas. Selected teams will:

  • Join a community of Taiwanese American founders and investors

  • Learn through fireside chats, panels, and 1:1 mentor office hours

  • Build lasting relationships within this tight-knit network

  • Perfect their pitch for the virtual pitch competition

  • Win up to $15,000 in cash

ELIGIBILITY

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

TIMELINE

Applications Open

May 12, 2021

Applications Due

June 12, 2021

Finalists Notified

July 10, 2021

4-Week Accelerator

July 19, 2021 - August 13, 2021

Virtual Pitch Judging

August 16, 2021 - August 19, 2021

SPARK Accel Awards

August 20, 2021

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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/.