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Matter supports early-stage media entrepreneurs building start-ups that make society more informed, connected, and empowered.

Our target ventures are existing teams of 2-4 co-founders with skill sets covering technology, business, design, and storytelling. They are pursuing a sustainable, scalable, for-profit business strategy and have built an early stage prototype of their product or service.

All co-founders must work full-time out of the Matter space in San Francisco for the full five months of the program and attend the kick-off bootcamp and retreat, weekly speaker series and share-outs, and monthly design reviews.

We provide dedicated support services, community, space, and $50K to our accelerator companies. Our investment stake will depend on the stage and structure of your company and will be in the typical accelerator range.

Timeline for Matter Three

The following is a timeline for Matter Three:

January 20

March 1

March 17 – 21

March 30

March 31 – April 4

April 7

May 12

September 11

September 16

Application opens.

Application closes.

Semi-Finalist Interviews.

Finalist mini-projects due.

Finalist interviews in SF.

Matter Three selected.

Program starts in SF.

Demo Day in SF.

Demo Day in NYC.

Note: These dates are subject to change.

Questions A Great Application Answers

What is your 1-sentence elevator pitch?

What is your mission?
What is motivating you to build this company? How does your company make society more informed, connected, and/or empowered? Why does your company matter?

Who is your customer?
Vividly describe the person (audience/user/customer) who will use your product/service and the context in which they will use it.

What problem are you solving?
What is the specific need you are meeting for your end user? (i.e. ___ needs a way to ___.)

What is your current solution?
What is the current way you are trying to solve this problem? (Your latest prototype solution.)

Why is this a big opportunity ripe to be solved now?
What big technological or societal trends make this the right time to tackle this opportunity? Where are you betting the world is heading? How big is this opportunity?

What is your business model?
How do you plan to be financially sustainable? How do you plan to generate revenue? Who ultimately pays for your product/service?

Why bet on your team?
Why is your team uniquely qualified to execute on solving this problem with this solution? How did you meet and how long have you been working together?

Why Matter? Why now?
What do you hope to accomplish in the 5 months of the program? What are your key next steps?

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