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Empowering Startups with Eastern-European Roots and Frontier Technology.

Jan 16 - Apr 17 | New York, NY, US

Funding Information:
Funds up to $130k per team
Takes up to 7.0% equity
Accepts 8 companies
Industries: Internet/Web Services, Other

Apply by Nov 30

About the Program
We crafted customized program to help the founders adapt to cultural and business practices of U.S. market and attract additional funding.

Additional information and how to apply is here:

Apply By Nov 30 either directly with Starta Accelerator, or contact Anna Kramer of US-Belarus Chamber of Commerce for information at

USBELCC, New York, NY - For immediate release


USBELCC is proud to announce its partnership with CRDF Global.

CRDF Global,, is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, technical resources, training and services.

CRDF Global offers comprehensive Entrepreneurship & Innovation (E&I) focused programs designed to accelerate the growth of innovative early stage companies, assist university-based teams in identifying and pursuing effective commercialization pathways, and build innovation infrastructure through technical assistance and partnerships.

Via peer-reviewed grant competitions, CRDF Global supports international collaborative research efforts devoted to solving crucial issues such as global health challenges, climate change and energy.

CRDF Global is also an effective designer of international science, engineering and technological engagement activities as tools for diplomacy, development and nonproliferation.

Finally, CRDF Global takes an interdisciplinary, multilevel approach to helping nations build a strong scientific and technological base for academic and economic development. Individual students and scientists benefit from programs that improve research capacity with new equipment and supplies, broaden access to information through virtual science libraries and empower researchers through training in professional and technical skills.

"The partnership is yet another step in establishing productive collaboration between the private and public sectors in the USA and Eurasia. We look forward to our future productive work with CRDF in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation, science engagement, capacity building, and research partnerships", commented USBELCC President Eva Kitova.

USBELCC’s goals are to promote the common business interest of its members and to improve business conditions across industries of both countries. We do not engage in regular business ventures ordinarily carried out for profit and do not perform particular services for persons/entities.

USBELCC is a non-profit membership organization incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia, observing all local, state, and federal laws which apply to a non-profit organization as defined in Section 501 (c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.


ERA is now accepting applications for its Winter 2016 program.

The ten companies selected to participate in the four-month program will receive a $40,000 investment and the potential for follow-on funding from ERA’s Expansion Fund. Program details are below.

Application Deadline: November 6 11:59 pm Eastern Time
First Round Interviews: November 16 – 19
Final Interviews: December 2

Our Winter 2016 program will run from January 4 through April 22.

Please give us concise, coherent responses. Long, unfocused answers make us impatient.

We place extraordinary value on the strength of teams. Make sure it is clear why yours is amazing and why you are the team to win in your market.

More information at


How do I apply?
Go to:

If I am a finalist living outside New York City, will you pay for my travel?
No, we do not reimburse any interview-related travel expenses.

What types of companies can apply?
While we leave ourselves open to great entrepreneurs with transformative ideas, we have some general guidelines around company focus.

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) companies are technology companies with a significant technology component, since those are the companies we can help the most. We look for companies best able to take full advantage of the New York City opportunity as a starting point to successfully enter the market for their product, service or application.

Most ERA companies will be software or software-related in some way, and may be either B-to-B or B-to-C-focused. Our interests are as diverse as your ideas: Internet, Mobile, E-Commerce, Local, Media, Ad Tech, SaaS, Financial Tech, Fashion Tech and Payments. We are looking to you to wow us with anything Internet and software-related that you think is cool. We consider all the business questions around the product business concept and market size. In the end, we want to know if yours is a great team and the right team for your product and business.

My startup is not located in New York City. Can I still apply for a spot with ERA?
Absolutely. We are looking for the most promising business ideas, and we know those come from all over. Once accepted to the program, all ERA companies are then required to relocate to New York City for the entire four-month program.

My startup is not based in the United States. Are we eligible to apply for a spot with ERA?
Yes! We are looking for promising business ideas to serve and disrupt a diverse cross section of industries. Whether you’re based in Santiago, London, Mumbai or – anywhere else, we encourage you to apply. Once accepted to the program, all ERA companies are then required to relocate to New York City for the entire four-month program. Additionally, each accepted company is responsible for determining and independently obtaining any work visas that may be required.

Our startup is based outside the United States and none of us are U.S. citizens/residents. Are we eligible to apply for a spot with ERA?
Yes, but you are responsible for determining and independently obtaining any work visas that may be required, as above.

Am I required to locate my company in your space?

Are you looking for a particular stage company?
We have no specific stage requirements, but most companies will have assembled a team and developed an initial product. We don’t reject companies just for being earlier than that, but we like to see the team has made a real commitment to the company.

Do you require a certain number of founders?
No. It’s your company. That said, our bias is for two or three person teams, which is based on our experience for the optimal combination of “small enough to move quickly but large enough for idea sharing.” Startups are difficult to do alone.

Do I have to be technical to apply?
We don’t require startups to have engineering founders, but we are looking for companies that can make substantial progress on their product during the course of our four-month program. Companies with at least one technical co-founder are better able to implement at least some product changes and improvements without hiring additional resources.

Will you find me a technical co-founder?
While we never say “never,” that would be outside of our standard focus, as the chemistry of a team is critical. Throwing together a business person and an engineer during an ERA program without knowing if they are able to work well together doesn’t make a lot of sense to us.

If my company has already received funding can we apply?
Yes, we accept companies that have already raised funding.

What if we just want your help and not your funding?
Although some startups don’t require funding as their primary need, all ERA companies will receive funding as part of their acceptance into the program. We want all the startups in the Accelerator to receive the same basic benefits.

How much does ERA invest in each company?
We invest $40,000 in each company selected. We don’t vary the amount per founder. We invest in the founders and company, who decide how to use the funds. In addition to this financial investment, our companies are immersed in our operating partner/mentor program, which, in the words of a well-known ad, is priceless. We also provide four months’ free office space, free legal, finance, accounting and other business services. In exchange, we receive 8% common stock in your company. It aligns us with the same economics that you as founders have.

What does ERA do for me?
ERA gives you a chance to grow your business with the help of our operating partners and mentors. All this support can’t make your company successful; that’s your job. But we are with you every step of the way, aligning you with our dream team of experts to help with your many challenges —product, functional or industry-related. We have assembled the most experienced group of entrepreneurial experts in NYC, all of whom are on deck to help solve every type of operating and strategic problem startups encounter. ERA’s founders are committed, passionate members of the New York tech community. As entrepreneurs with decades of experience in technology, media and early-stage venture capital, we have successfully founded, built, run, sold and financed businesses.

What are the benefits that each ERA company gets as part of the program?
Here are some of the benefits that ERA partners and sponsors provide to each ERA company:

* $360,000 in webhosting credits from Microsoft Azure
* $100,000 in webhosting credits from Amazon Web Services
* $100,000 in webhosting credits from Google Cloud Platform
* $100,000 in webhosting credits from Rackspace
* $24,000 in webhosting credits from Softlayer
* $50,000 in credits from PayPal Blueprint Program
* $15,000 in credits from Stripe
* Special legal benefits from Dentons Law Firm
* Free signup package from Trinet Benefits Provider
* One year free service from
* Free banking account and perks package from Silicon Valley Bank
* Free and discounted services from ShutterStock, WithumSmith&Brown, ZipCar, HubSpot, RelateIQ, RJMetrics, InVision, FreshDesk, ZenDesk, NYSC, Crunch, Planet Fitness.

What if I need more money? Will I get it during Demo Day?
We recognize most startups in the ERA program will eventually require additional investment. We’ve created a network of stellar investors, both angels and VCs. You’ll have a chance to interact with many of these individuals during the program; we’ll connect you to the investors most appropriate for your company.

On Demo Day, you get the opportunity to present your company to hundreds of qualified investors—angels, super-angels and VCs. We can’t guarantee you’ll raise money but we can tell you that investors who are looking for the most promising new startups in New York City will hear your pitch.

Do you sign NDAs?
We don’t. Much like VC firms, we hear too many ideas and see too many pitches to sign NDAs. That said, we are committed to respecting the confidentiality of the information you submit to us during the application process and will not share it outside of the ERA team. We know how hard you work on your ideas.

How is Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator connected to the Entrepreneurs Roundtable?
ERA emerged from the Entrepreneurs Roundtable. Founded in New York City in 2007, the Roundtable is committed to growing and building New York’s technology and entrepreneurial community. The Roundtable has held more than 150 free events, where several hundred startups have showcased their ideas to VCs, seed investors and NYC entrepreneurs. Roundtable events have included “Find a Co-Founder,” mentoring meet-ups, and technology community organization gatherings.

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