Target Technology Accelerator was a four-month program geared toward mature startups with a tech-driven retail solution. This accelerator provided startups with the opportunity to collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs, Target executives and dedicated mentors. With unprecedented access to Target’s global network of experts, tech startups found the resources needed to explore use cases, refine their pitch and work toward a commercial contract.
We looked for future shapers of all kinds, but there are a few important elements we wanted to see from all program applicants:
A viable product with market traction and scale potential.
A strong team with the unique skills to solve a problem.
An innovative solution built with cutting-edge technology.
Startups applied online, and in-person interviews were conducted as necessary. Selection committee included Target business units who selected based on innovative solutions, market traction and strong team capabilities.
Over the course of 15 weeks, both in person and virtual, participants learned the intricacies of retail, met with Target leadership and worked with dedicated mentors to refine their use case for Target.
Upon program completion, graduates were invited to participate in a final capstone event. This was their chance to showcase their thought leadership within retail alongside Target executives and other industry innovators.
But the program didn’t end after the capstone event! As a member of Accelerators Alumni, they gained access to continued support, exclusive events and more.
A total of 32 outstanding alumni have participated in our Technology Accelerator. After weeks of hard work and rapid acceleration, each company got the chance to pitch to Target leadership in a final capstone event.
The mentorship is fantastic. They were absolutely essential and pivotal to the growth of our business.
No! Your idea is yours to keep. We’re just here to help you along your journey toward growth and success.
Not necessarily. While you will be introduced to 70+ Target leaders and enjoy greater brand visibility over the course of the accelerator, we can’t guarantee that Target will carry your product, service or technology. Viability for Target will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Our expectation is that founders of all participating companies will be present in Minneapolis for the full duration of in-person programming. But, of course, that doesn’t mean you need to relocate your whole business to Minnesota.
Yes! All Target Accelerator programs are open to startups across the globe.