About Seed Sumo
Seed Sumo, located in Bryan/College Station, TX is a mentorship driven accelerator that will assist young entrepreneurs with turning their early-stage startups into successful businesses.
We run a three month long program in Bryan/College Station, TX (near Texas A&M University) once each year. We’re very selective – hundreds of companies apply and we only take about ten companies each year. These companies get $20,000 – $50,000 in seed funding, in exchange for 6-10% equity. Seed Sumo founders also get great perks such as free hosting, world-class branding services, finance/legal counseling , an amazing place to work, 100 days of intensive top-notch mentorship, and a massive network of connections.
During the 100-day period, which will begin mid-May and conclude in late August, accepted co-founders ideate, strategize, research, build, test-market, and as the program culminates, fine tune their pitch which each startup shares in front of a large investor audience called “Demo Day”. If the startup’s founders are successful at demo day, they will attract larger investments capable of taking their respective business to the next level. Founders will be exposed to a heavy dose of mentorship designed to provide priceless insights from dozens of highly skilled and successful entrepreneurs, executives and business owners.
There is immeasurable value in the mentorship-driven connections and advice each startup receives once accepted into the Seed Sumo program. When the program concludes, being an alumni does not. The supportive network of Seed Sumo alumni, mentors, and investors is unrivaled.
The Seed Sumo Accelerator Program will be marketed heavily at Texas A&M University and other Colleges, nationally through mentor/investor networks, online, and at various related events across Texas. Seed Sumo is proud to be a prospective member of the Global Accelerator Network, which is a network of around 60 of the top acceleration programs in the world. Historically, companies going thru similar “Accelerator” type programs go on to average more than $1.5M raised in outside capital after the program.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have to be there for the entire 3-month period?
No. It’s your company so you can come and go as you see fit. But we do require that you be primarily based on site during the program. This benefits you because you can take advantage of the numerous learning opportunities, networking and coaching that will be provided. Seed Sumo is a major commitment, and we expect you to be around most of the time.
What if my company doesn’t ultimately succeed?
Because not just anyone is accepted into the Seed Sumo program, you’ll have an impressive resume item for your next gig that will look way better than almost anything else you could have spent your time doing. And you will have met a large number of smart and well connected people who can help you tremendously with whatever you do next. Hopefully that will be another startup.
I’ve been fortunate enough to take my company from 700k/year in revenue to over 150M/year. I’ve learned a lot along the way and met some amazing people. We are ready to help others do the same.
Doss Cunningham | Co-Founder @ SEED SUMO