My final verdict is that accelerator programs can be a huge value-add to startups. In our case, we were able to form an impressive advisory board, grow a network for future partnerships and hires, and grow our company in an encouraging environment. It wasn’t always smooth sailing, but on the whole, it’s been very positive.
Like college (but much shorter), an accelerator is a great opportunity to develop lasting friendships. Most of the accelerator startups were not from Charlotte, so we bonded over being strangers in a new city.