SixThirty is different from most accelerators in that we maintain a healthy balance of helpful programming and networking opportunities. SixThirty invests in fintech companies with working products, so the type of value-added discussions we seek to have are based around the typical issues for companies at this stage, which involve sales, marketing, hiring, and fundraising. Our intention isn’t to have you “in-class” 9am to 5pm, 24/7, we want you to be out talking with customers, partners, and generating business. We aim to be flexible with our program and respond to the individual needs of each of our portfolio companies. We don’t have segmented “weeks” or sessions – we’ll tackle the issues and opportunities that are most relevant to you.
What does a typical week look like during the program?
We only have formal programming one day per week (usually on Wednesdays). This allows the companies in our cohort to focus on the things they need to focus on. During our regular weekly meetings, companies report out their accomplishments from the previous week and their action plans for the following one. The companies also identify areas in which they need help, or people or organizations they need introductions to. Afterwards, the companies meet individually with their lead mentors for a deeper dive into their activities and issues that week. This provides additional visibility into your startup and allows our mentor and operational team to better connect you to resources.
On occasion, we will schedule happy hours, breakfasts, and other networking opportunities with the greater St. Louis financial services industry, our network of mentors, or a casual get-together with the other members of the cohort.
What else do you get through the program?
Like most accelerators, joining our portfolio comes with a plethora of perks, including, but not limited to, pro-bono and discounted legal and accounting services, and co-working office space in the T-REX tech startup incubator.