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Connecting a global network of experts in technology, retail and everything in between.

what is the target
technology accelerator?

Based out of Target HQ in Minneapolis, the Target Technology Accelerator is a four-month program that provides mature startups with unprecedented access to the global network of tech and retail experts throughout Target’s ecosystem.

With four successful years under our belt, this program is intentionally designed for startups to explore use-cases with Target for their tech-driven solutions.

Participants in the program will be provided the opportunity to meet with dozens of Senior leaders across the organization, including the C-Suite, for the most efficient and optimal engagement model.

before march 29

Startups apply online during the open application period. Selection criteria will be based on team, tech capabilities and relevance for Target’s strategic priorities.

june 15 – sept. 4

Upon selection, up to two members of your executive team will join us at Target HQ. Participants will learn about the intricacies of the business, meet with Target leaders, and develop use-cases and potentially pilots.

The program is a combination of in-person and virtual events, giving you the ability to participate while still running your business.

sept. 4

Following program completion, each startup is invited back to Minneapolis for a final showcase event. It’s your chance to show what you’ve learned, announce new partnerships and tease where you’re headed next.

But the program doesn’t end after the showcase event! You’ll continue meeting with your Target contacts, mentors and accelerator team members to further develop your use-case in hopes of securing a commercial contract.

2019 was
a success.

Changing the future of retail, one startup at a time.

Last year, eight incredible startups took part in the retail tech accelerator: Afresh Technologies, LISNR, Perksy, Sezzle, CB4, Einride, IDEE and UntieNots. On August 8, each company got a chance to pitch their solution to Target leadership, fellow entrepreneurs and potential investors as part of the culminating presentation.

meet our

The mentorship is fantastic. They were absolutely essential and pivotal to the growth of our business.

Tahreem Arshad CEO and Founder of Sozie Target Technology Accelerator


Get answers to our most commonly asked questions. And a few not-so-common ones as well.

What are the differences between the Target Technology Accelerator and the other Target accelerator programs?

The Target Technology Accelerator is specifically focused on helping startups create and refine technology solutions (both guest-facing and back-end). It’s also our only international program, with operations in both U.S. and India markets, and participants are assigned based on location and use cases.

What are the financial terms of the program?

In exchange for participation, startups will provide Target with warrants that convert into equity if/upon entrance into a commercial agreement.

Will I need to relocate to Minneapolis for the program?

Don’t worry, you won’t need to move your entire operation to Minnesota. We’ve intentionally designed the program for mature founders and later-stage companies to participate without disrupting their business operations. We’ll let you know when you’ll be required to be here in person (about six weeks in total), but the remainder of the program can be completed virtually from your home base. Of course, you’re also welcome to work out of our designated Accelerators space in Target HQ if you’d like!

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