For startups

156 program accelerator

A practical program to guide you through the 156 steps to take your idea from zero to one.

156 steps from zero to one

A practical approach to accelerating your startup from start to investment.

A few years ago, the team at BlueChilli sat down and brainstormed all the practical steps to take an idea through to Series A Venture Capital.  We identified 156 things that needed be done, from incorporating a company through to hiring your first employee to raising venture capital.  We wrote all these down and created a process for every single one of them - and called this 156.

The 156 program is supported by our team of Entrepreneurs in Residences (EIRs) who have experience in starting, launching, funding and exiting startups.  Our EIRs mentor every startup through our program and provide guidance and advice to help entrepreneurs go from zero to one.

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Removing the barriers to your success

There are four main reasons why startups fail, we help remove these barriers through a 156 step program.

We will help you find your team

We're breaking the stereotype of what a "tech startup" looks like. Non-coding founders need to "give away" 50% of their idea to a guy in a hoodie to be considered a "real" startup.  We remove this barrier by investing an entire product team into your startup, helping you get early traction and then helping you find the right team when it counts the most.

We will help you launch your startup

42% of startups fail due to the wrong product and 75% of tech startup budgets are spent on technology.  We make it easier for you to prove your idea by lending a full stack tech team to each entrepreneur and using our ChilliSource technology framework, which mitigates scope creep, cost blowouts and misaligned idea-product.

We will help you get your first customer

Traction is the lifeblood of a startup, and by partnering with corporates with our innovation programs we help you get your first pilot. By starting with a corporate need on day one, we build startups that have an immediate reach with a motivated partner geared to the startup’s success.

We will invest cash into your startup and help you raise capital

We have raised over $60M in to our startups and over 50% of our startups get externally funded, and we invest in every single startup in our portfolio. With a network of over 300 high net worth investors, a capital raising platform and venture capital funds to invest directly in startups, we make it easier for you to raise money.

Accelerator Benefits

$360,000 of Azure cloud services and Bizspark Plus membership

Akamai’s premium Ion CDN solution up to 500GB/mo for free for 1 year

Membership in Microsoft Bizspark Plus program, Office 365 & MSDN access

$25,000 in stripe credits for online credit card transactions

Incorporation in the US through Stripe Atlas program

$200 of Upwork credit and two recruitment support sessions

For Startups

Make your startup idea a reality