Bounds Accelerator is an Arkansas-based, next-generation technology startup accelerator focused on the force-multiplying effects of merging serial entrepreneurs, industry and technology leaders, degree-seeking talent, and startup founders driving digital transformation in retail, transportation, logistics, manufacturing, and supply chain systems through the emerging technologies such as AI/ML, AR/VR, and blockchain-based solutions.
Access to Funding and Networking Opportunities
We’ll introduce you to the right investors actively making deals, including local and seed-stage VCs that invest in your niche.
Mentorship and Expertise
You’ll get access to quality advisors, mentors, and corporations, which is crucial for helping identify the right problem to solve, the right service, and developing a go-to-market plan. You’ll be encouraged to think deeply about your product and iterate on new ideas.
Bounds offers each cohort participant a dedicated intern for 15 hours a week from the University of Arkansas’ competitive pool of entrepreneurship and venture interns. Students will aid in crucial areas, from market research to strategy refinement.
You’ll receive educational programming around hiring, compensation, onboarding, sales, deal negotiation, and marketing. The program also includes sessions focused on exploring the new business models created by AI and Web3.
Exposure and Validation
Our team and network will provide warm introductions to new potential customers, including enterprises. You’ll be given the opportunity to interview companies within Northwest Arkansas (NWA) as part of our market-validation track.
Demo Day Cash Award
At Demo Day in April, Bounds participating startups will compete for a substantial, non-dilutive cash award, rewarding their hard work and innovation throughout the program.
The Bounds Accelerator is lead by Cartwheel Startup Studio and the University of Arkansas Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, with support from our Principal Partners: AI Foundation, Coinbase, and Haun Ventures.
Applications due November 16
Cohort will be announced December 6
In-Person Cohort Kick Off
January 11, 2024 (Bentonville, AR)
In-Person Demo Day
April 29, 2024 (Bentonville, AR)
If you missed the 2023-24 application window, please use stay tuned on this site for other available opportunities. For more information on the Bounds Accelerator, visit their website: https://bounds.cartwheel.studio/.