No, we are not a traditional incubator that nurtures a business idea. We only work with companies that have an established product and/or service with customers.
Target Accelerators does not invest in companies. We do provide a $5,000 stipend to cover program expenses.
Please see our Program page for a quick comparison.
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No way. Curriculums and programs are curated by our Target team so founders get as much access to our insider knowledge as possible.
1. Any company is eligible to apply, so long as  they are an established legal entity (LLC, S-Corp, B-Corp or C-Corp) and  they have proof of initial traction (social media engagement, revenue growth or growing customer base). See our Programs page for more details on which program might be right for you.
2. Founders must be at least 18 years of age to apply.
3. Each company must have at least one founder participate in the program. One co-founder or team member may also participate.
Yes! All Target Accelerators programs are open to businesses across the globe.
Yes. Please see our Programs page to determine which program fits you best.
Unfortunately, we may not have a program for your product category this year. We invite you to sign up for emails to be notified about future programs that fit your business.
It is mandatory for at least one participant per company to attend every session.
Yes. To be considered for both programs, you will need to fill out the applications for each individual program. We recommend reading the criteria to understand which program makes the most sense for your company.
Our application is hosted on Submittable. We recommend that you reach out to their customer service team.
You will receive a notification from Submittable that our team has received your application.
Please give our team about two months from the application close date to review your application. We will contact you with next steps after that point.
No, certifications are not part of our criteria. Businesses with and without certifications have a lot to offer, so we accept both.
Congrats on expanding your portfolio! We recommend that you apply for the category you want to focus on during the program. If you have more questions, please email email@example.com.
Absolutely. Please apply as many times as it takes. Often, companies get accepted on their second or third try.
In your next application, be sure to showcase the growth you've made between application periods.
Nope, it has no impact.
You bet. Please visit Submittable Help for more information.
No, your idea is yours to keep. We’re just here to help you along your journey toward growth and success.
Yes, our expectation is that at least one founder from your company would participate for the full duration of the program.
Two people can participate and one must be the founder.
Not necessarily. By applying and/or participating in any Target Accelerators program, it’s not guaranteed that Target will carry your product, service or technology. Viability for Target stores will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
No. We’ve intentionally designed the program to be flexible enough to let you participate without disrupting your business operations at your home base. This program will be 100% virtual.
It’s possible. We’re looking for promising founders and businesses across many categories and like any other retailer, Target carries an assortment of competitive brands to tailor to our guests’ unique, ever-changing needs. We’ll always protect your proprietary, private and confidential information. We’ll never force you to share information with the other members of the cohort.
Throughout the Target Forward Founders program, you’ll have the opportunity to meet Target thought leaders, including buyers from within and outside your category. In the Target Takeoff program, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with your category buyer for a line review during the final week of the program.
No, selling at brick-and-mortar stores is not part of our criteria.
Yes, that’s the goal! We want Target Forward Founders alumni to grow their businesses and qualify for Target Takeoff. Brands Huppy and Sugardoh have accomplished just that.