eo-seattleSeattle has no shortage of startup accelerators — places where like-minded entrepreneurs convene for short spells in order to get their companies on the fast track.

Now, here comes another one, but with a few twists. EO Seattle is opening a new accelerator program in July, targeting a wide variety of companies that have revenues between $250,000 and $1 million, or that have raised $250,000 or more. The accelerator won’t take an equity stake, and there’s no physical office space where entrepreneurs congregate.

The EO Seattle Accelerator program also is different in that it will accept companies from outside the high-tech realm, a big differentiator in the eyes of EO Seattle board member Peter Chee.

“True innovation comes from being surrounded by others in different industries,” said Chee, an EO member for the past six years and founder of the co-working space Thinkspace. “This is what makes it really special. When you are with peers who see things through a different lens you start to see problems and answers in a different way.”

Peter Chee
Peter Chee

The EO Seattle Accelerator program will last 12 months, with monthly and quarterly meetings at Thinkspace. Companies will pay $2,000 in annual dues to participate, receiving mentorship from leading entrepreneurs and service providers.

Those involved in the program include Bob Thordarson of BlueCapp; David Martin of TrackStar; Matt Heinz of Heinz Marketing; Jeremy Allen of System Six; David Niu of TinyHR and Amy Balliet of Killer Infographics.

EO Seattle is a leading entrepreneurial organization, part of the larger global entrepreneurial network. To join, entrepreneurs must run companies with gross revenues of more than $1 million or have raised more than $2 million in private funds. There are 126 members in Seattle, and more than 10,000 worldwide.

Having access to that network is one of the big advantages of the program, says Chee.

“Mentorship is a huge part of success which is why our accelerator participants will get access to experienced EO entrepreneurs in the both the Seattle chapter as well as worldwide chapters,” he said. 

The program also could become a feeder system to EO, since the goal is to get companies to $1 million in revenue in 12 months. Companies can extend for another two years, if they don’t hit that revenue milestone.

Chee said the selection process will be stringent. “We want people that want to learn from others, who are driving themselves and their businesses to new heights,” he said. 

There are 24 EO Accelerators around the world, including programs in San Francisco, Dallas, Colorado, Boston, and New York. Other accelerators and incubators in the Seattle area include TechStars, SURF Incubator and 9Mile Labs, which is hosting its annual demo day this Friday.

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  • David Niu

    Congratulations Peter! Love how you are helping entrepreneurs to be more successful.

    • http://thinkspace.com Peter Chee

      Thanks David! I’m thankful to have supporters like you and also looking forward to having you speak at People and Culture Day for the Accelerator Program!

  • Silly accelerators

    Don’t do it folks. A real entrepreneur shouldn’t pay $2,000 in annual dues to participate in monthly meetings to receive mentorship from leading entrepreneurs and service providers. Instead, save every single penny you can, be persistent in making meetings & networking on your own, and tap the network of e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e around you. At most, spend a little to get into Geekwire’s functions (even then, better if you arrive late and slip in for free :).

    • Kat is my first name

      I disagree. A real entrepreneur knows the value of investing in quality mentorship, support and accountability.

    • Yegor Nadvornyy

      Valid point for some people. Same argument would apply to attending Harvard and Stanford, however those people pay close to $200K for networking, or am I missing something?
      I see the value in this initiative, perhaps CEO of the company with more than $1million in growth revenue is simply busy and could be at a stage of trying to scale his/her business. Great mentorship does make a difference for these people.

  • Kat is my first name

    Peter, this is extraordinary. I’m thrilled for you!

  • Yegor Nadvornyy

    Amazing job, Peter! Congratulations!

  • Ryanisinallofus

    The only problem with the mentorship-club/consulting-service is that they mistakingly called it an accelerator.

    If I was a VC I would be open to signing a deal where all the companies I’ve invested in received access to something like this.

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