International Accelerator

Expert DOJO exists within the fastest growing startup scene in Silicon Beach and is embarking on an international tour to find the best businesses in the world. Begin an 8 week international accelerator program to build your unicorn.

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CURRENT COHORT:

Build your Own Unicorn Program
February 8th – April 30th 2021

 

UPCOMING COHORTS:

African Program
July 5th – September 24th 2021

Longevity Program
October 25th – February 4th 2021

WHERE WE HAVE INVESTED

For eight weeks, chosen companies will be immersed in the unique ecosystem that makes up Silicon Beach, accessing American venture capital and gaining a competitive advantage to set them apart from the rest. Startups will receive a total investment of $100K including 20K in program fees and will participate in an intensive, two-month acceleration program in Santa Monica. In this program, founders will benefit from US business training as well as comprehensive networking opportunities with investors and potential business partners in the LA ecosystem.

Selected participants in our accelerator program get:

  • Introductions to strategic partners and investors
  • Design market fit
  • Business development training
  • $100k investment including $20k in program fees
  • Perks from Expert DOJO’s partners, including a 90% Hubspot discount, free application for Brex credit card, credits from Amazon Web Services, and many more.
  • Opportunity to work in an environment where other entrepreneurs help each other.

WHAT MAKES EXPERT DOJO DIFFERENT

There are thousands of accelerators out there, but what makes Expert DOJO different is our community. Our priorities lie with the start ups’ success,Expert DOJO is a pre-seed startup accelerator in Southern California, based in Santa Monica. The Accelerator program is designed to help startups get to the next round and work with them on the milestones to get there. Expert DOJO improves the success rate of early-stage entrepreneurs with investment, foundation, influence, community, branding, marketing, communication, mindset. Since 2014, we have worked with over 500 startups to accelerate their growth and success. Entrepreneurs love Expert DOJO and the power of our startup community. All entrepreneurs in our programs have agreed to support the whole community as we get stronger together.

TESTIMONIALS

Dr. Romina Ghassemi
Founder and CEO of BAX-U Posture Support Products

Craig Caryl
Founder and CEO of Smart CSM

Wade T. Micoley
Founder and CEO of RealtyHive

ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

Starting a business in California is an exciting and rewarding experience. However, entrepreneurship also comes with a lot of challenges if you don’t know where or how to start. It’s no surprise that the majority of entrepreneurs come to the US, specifically California, and fail. The competitive landscape is unlike others they have encountered, and it takes a seasoned entrepreneur to know how to navigate its unique ecosystem.

  • Week 1

    Week 1

    Our first week is dedicated to reverse investor pitching.  Some of the biggest VCs in the US pitch-train our cohort.  

  • Week 2

    This week focuses entirely on underlying the right structure and foundation for our startups' exponential growth. 

  • Week 3

    This week is led by John McDonald, top agile strategy expert. John helps our startups build their audacious visions and the resilience needed to weather external forces. 

  • Week 4

    Led by the CAMINO5 agency, This week is all about forming the brand message right for each of our startups.

  • Week 5

    Led by our influence expert, Ryan Foland. Public speaker, author of DitchTheAct, an artist with 4X TEDx talks, Ryan works with executives to rank up their influence levels and domain expertise. 

  • Week 6

    Led by Jason Fishman, owner of DNA digital marketing agency. This week is about building your business with the best marketing channels. 

  • Weeks 7 & 8

    On top of our weekly Demo Days, for 2 weeks straight, our startups pitch to the largest VC firms and Angel Groups in the US and abroad.

All throughout the program, our startups receive guidance and training sessions from the Expert DOJO team members.

10:00AM – 12:00PM: LESSONS

Here at Expert DOJO, we focus on eight pillars of business development: mindset, branding,  foundation, communication, influence, marketing, investment.

Depending on the day’s focus, we will bring in an expert to share his or hers expertise regarding the subject. The lessons will be in a lecture setting, allowing our cohort to learn from the greatest minds in their given fields.

12:00PM – 1:00PM: LUNCH

1:00PM – 3:00PM: COLLABORATION

The next two hours, the cohort will participate in peer feedback regarding their companies. We will break into smaller groups of four (rotating each day) to discuss the day’s lesson in reference to your personal business. Members are encouraged to ideate together in order to solve problems and help one another.

3:00PM – 3:30PM: BREAK

3:30PM – 6:00PM: EXECUTION

The last part of the day is dedicated work time to apply the lessons to your business.

Structure

Starting a business in California is an exciting and rewarding experience. However, entrepreneurship also comes with a lot of challenges if you don’t know where or how to start. It’s no surprise that the majority of entrepreneurs come to the US, specifically California, and fail. The competitive landscape is unlike others they have encountered, and it takes a seasoned entrepreneur to know how to navigate its unique ecosystem.

  • Week 1

    Week 1

    Our first week is dedicated to reverse investor pitching.  Some of the biggest VCs in the US pitch-train our cohort.  

  • Week 2

    This week focuses entirely on underlying the right structure and foundation for our startups' exponential growth. 

  • Week 3

    This week is led by John McDonald, top agile strategy expert. John helps our startups build their audacious visions and the resilience needed to weather external forces. 

  • Week 4

    Led by the CAMINO5 agency, This week is all about forming the brand message right for each of our startups.

  • Week 5

    Led by our influence expert, Ryan Foland. Public speaker, author of DitchTheAct, an artist with 4X TEDx talks, Ryan works with executives to rank up their influence levels and domain expertise. 

  • Week 6

    Led by Jason Fishman, owner of DNA digital marketing agency. This week is about building your business with the best marketing channels. 

  • Weeks 7 & 8

    On top of our weekly Demo Days, for 2 weeks straight, our startups pitch to the largest VC firms and Angel Groups in the US and abroad.

All throughout the program, our startups receive guidance and training sessions from the Expert DOJO team members.

Sample Day

10:00AM – 12:00PM: LESSONS

Here at Expert DOJO, we focus on eight pillars of business development: mindset, branding,  foundation, communication, influence, marketing, investment.

Depending on the day’s focus, we will bring in an expert to share his or hers expertise regarding the subject. The lessons will be in a lecture setting, allowing our cohort to learn from the greatest minds in their given fields.

12:00PM – 1:00PM: LUNCH

1:00PM – 3:00PM: COLLABORATION

The next two hours, the cohort will participate in peer feedback regarding their companies. We will break into smaller groups of four (rotating each day) to discuss the day’s lesson in reference to your personal business. Members are encouraged to ideate together in order to solve problems and help one another.

3:00PM – 3:30PM: BREAK

3:30PM – 6:00PM: EXECUTION

The last part of the day is dedicated work time to apply the lessons to your business.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

If the international accelerator is not the right fit for your company or the stage that you’re in, we have other programs that may suit you. 

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