Application deadline 16. October 2017

ACCEL Seafood 2017 Poster v3 What is ACCEL?

ACCEL is a 12-week accelerator program that assists growth companies achieve rapid growth. 

The program is accompanied by some of the most experienced industry partners and skilled mentors, in addition to having a solid professional content.

As a growth company, you will get great advice, an extended network, access to investors, and practical training in the best and most relevant tools and methods.


More information and application here

Program ACCEL Seafood 2017

Of all the applications, 12 companies will be invited to a two-day workshop in Bergen. Here we will give an introduction to how to smoothly develope your own businessideas and how to present your businessidea to others. The participation will provide the basis for choosing 5-7 companies that will get the opportunity to participate in the entire 12-week program. 

Some of the meetings will take place in Bergen and some can also be attended by telephone / web meeting (virtual). The gatherings where it is noted "Bergen" is mandatory and the companies have to attend these.


Workshop 1 // Smooth business development

31.10.2017 – 0930-2000 – Bergen

This is the first workshop and we will spend time getting to know each other. There will be variouse lectures in topics such as effective customer development, business model, how to conduct good customer interviews, hypothesis testing techniques and how to learn what messages best meet the customer. 

Workshop 2 // Presentation practice

01.11.2017 – 0830-1500 – Bergen

This is a full day of practicing how to present the business idea. We have skilled people who will provide both an introduction in how to give good presentations and practicing presenting.

Workshop 3 // Meet the mentors

08.11.2017- 1200-1630 – Bergen

In this workshop you will get the opportunity to speed date our handpicked experts(business developers, good writers, patent giants, sales experts, social media advisors, business angels, finans magicians, industry designers etc.). It will be possible to use Skype/ for those who can not travel to Bergen, allthough this is not recommended.  

Workshop 4 // 1:1 status meetings

22.11.2017 – 0900-1200 – Virtuel

One-to-one status meetings(about 20 min per company). We will use Skype/ or phone.

Workshop 5 // MeetCorporates

29.11.2017 – 1200-1700 – Bergen

What if you could have had your most exciting customer attend your meeting to help you? Speed date with our industrial partners is a unique opportunity to get input like "If I was you and you would like to have us as a customer, then I would have done as follows…"

Workshop 6 // 1:1 status meetings

05.12.2017 – 0900-1200 – Virtuel

One-to-one status meetings(about 20 min per company). We will use Skype/ or phone.

Workshop 7 // Solution

06.12.2017 – 1200-1600 – Bergen/Virtuel

"How to sell the bear skin before you have shot the bear" is our mantra. In order to do the process of develope the solution must be dynamic, have a high degree of customer involvment and preferably less resource-intensive. This day you will learn how this is done. For those who have heard about Minimum Viable Product(MVP), this is what this day is about. We might do some prototyping aswell.

Workshop 8 // Details

13.12.2017 – 1200-1600 – Bergen/Virtuel

Family/friends, investors, Innovation Norway, EU, customers and the norwegian research councile can all contribute with capital, but how much do you need? What kind of investor should you get – what is competent capital? How can you find new fellow entrepreneurs? What kind of competence do you have and what do you need? How can you solve this gap? What is working capital, liquidity and all the other funny words that banks use? 

Workshop 9 // Efficient sales

03.01.2018 – 1200-1600 – Bergen/Virtuel

The best entrepreneurs are good at sales, but does not neccesarily have a lot of sales experience. What desinguisthes a company/individual that succeed in selling? What sections are importent in the sales range? How can we measure our sales effort and constantly improve this? Sales is the topic for this workshop.

Workshop 10 // Growth strategies

10.01.2018 – 1200-1600 – Bergen/Virtuel

We will first take a look at how a brohod strategy can be smart for a start-up company. First become big in a small and clearly defined audience, then after that it is time to expand.  There are numbers of stategies for growth, from doing everything yourself to buying others. We will go through all of these. Sometimes the vision is still very good, but the strategy may not have been correct. We will take a closer look at the term "pivoting" that can help you out of situations like these.

Workshop 11 // Preparing for investor presentation

18.01.2018 – 1200-1500 – Bergen

You will have the opportunity to do your last preperations before tonights big event. We will be here to help you.

Grand Finale // Demo Day ACCEL Seafood 2017

18.01.2018 – 1600-1900 – Bergen

Investor presentation for special invited investors, mentors and customers. This is a closed event.