The Startup Factory

Our Program

An Intensive 12 Week Startup Accelerator

At The Startup Factory, early stage startup companies receive $50,000 in seed capital, hands-on mentorship, and access to our network. We get our hands dirty. Throughout the program, hands-on mentors help you develop and refine your product, launch it to your target customer segments, and test business models.

How To Apply

Visit to receive additional information, chat with members of our team, attend one of the events or submit our application.

After You Are Accepted

It’s time to celebrate. You’ll receive $50,000 in funding, beautiful office space in Downtown Durham, access to our hands-on mentors and the benefits of our program.

MVP Testing

An MVP helps to validate market fit, gather customer feedback, and prioritize feature sets. We’ll help you test assumptions then build a minimum viable product.

Customer Development

You’ve built your MVP. Now what? Our network of mentors will help you prospect, sell, and close your first customers.

Experienced Mentors and Advisors

Our mentors don’t just lecture. They work beside you. They hold office hours, conduct design reviews, hack on your product, and provide ongoing support and guidance. We’ve selected veterans who have experienced a variety of industries and stages of a business. The Startup Factory’s local and national mentors will inspire, push, pull, and guide you.

Pitch Development

It all comes down to the pitch. Your pitch can help your company raise additional funding, source strategic partners, and recruit employees. Our mentors and advisors have been on both sides of pitch presentations. TSF will help you develop a storyline, design, and deliver an unforgettable pitch.

The Future

Our support extends beyond 12 weeks. Upon successful completion of the program, your company is eligible for a $20,000 to $150,000 convertible note. Historically, companies often raise additional funding within months of completing an accelerator.

Apply Now

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and sign up for an office hour to talk more. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Deadlines & Events

Local entrepreneurs and investors are invited to attend one of our upcoming events. See upcoming deadlines and events.


The TSF team is here to answer any of your questions. To receive detailed information about The Startup Factory, send us an email.