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Lake Nona Accelerator
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About

Lake Nona.

What began as a desire for a smarter, more sustainable everyday living quickly became one of the best-selling, master designed communities in America and an epicenter of innovation. Imagined as a smart city designed to accelerate innovation and well-being, today the Lake Nona community is a catalyst for economic growth and opportunity. 

 

With a life sciences cluster heralded as “the new global destination for medical innovation,” a booming sports and performance district, high-tech innovation centers, and a growing commercial district, Lake Nona has become a destination for industry leaders looking to be a part of this collaborative performance ecosystem. Creating these “centers of excellence” derives from the Tavistock approach, where design thinking balances innovation, functionality, and aesthetics with a strong financial return.

OUR PROCESS

The program.

Our Sports & Health Tech program in Lake Nona will enable a group of carefully selected startups to take advantage of Lake Nona’s Verizon 5G broadband capacity, enabling testing of innovative technologies and solutions, and helping talented individuals bring their businesses to the market. We provide ongoing advice, pitch training, workshops, 1-on-1 sessions to ensure that our startups are investor-ready by the end of the program. 

INPUT SESSIONS

(1-3 WEEKLY)

Product & Strategy

Sales & Marketing

Leadership & Team

Accounting, Admin & Legal

Operations

HAPPENINGS

(RECURRING WEEKLY)

Product & Strategy

Sales & Marketing

Leadership & Team

Accounting, Admin & Legal

Operations

Interested in joining our program?

Applications are closed but we would still love to hear more about your startup.
Our deal

What we offer.

Our program is designed to provide startups with lots of knowledge to boost their business while giving them enough time to put these insights into practice. In weekly input and coaching sessions, we help you set and meet milestones, deepen your knowledge, grow your network, and have fun while at it.

A six-month training program

Learn from experts in areas such as growth marketing, sales, and pitching. Stress testing your business plan and full setup of business documents and legal framework. Get access to a digital learning platform with tutorials, cases, and tools.

Access to the Lake Nona ecosystem

Need 5G to develop, test, and run your product? We have it. Looking for the right partners? Work with our leading scientists and experts in the high standard facilities of one of the Lake Nona medical partners. 

Embedded in a high-class industry and expert network

Get mentorship from sports business veterans, successful founders, CEOs, and VCs from Florida, all over the U.S. as well as the global leAD ecosystem. They'll share their experience, skills, and network.

Free services from our local network

Get support from backend and frontend developers to take your product to the next level. Make your business rock solid with the help of our legal and accounting experts.

$75.000 USD

We also provide a cash investment of $75.000 USD for every startup that will be selected to participate in the program.

Free housing, sports, and bikes

Yes, free housing for the founders’ team in the brand new Lake Nona apartments next to the accelerator space during the entire time of the program. This includes access to a gym, sports facilities, and bicycles for every participant.

Dedicated 1500m2 accelerator space

A beautiful and exclusive space for you to focus on what really matters: developing your product and growing as an entrepreneur. 

World-class facilities and experts

Through the Lake Nona Living Lab, you get access to more than 5,000 connected homes. Work with leading athletes, coaches and experts in the headquarter of the USTA, the biggest tennis site in the world, the adidas performance center, or two of the best-rated golf clubs globally.

leAD receives 8% equity

Of the final selected startups.

Our focus points

What we look for.

All the startups on the program will have a focus on technology, the sweet spot around which the leAD network is centered. Within that, we are focusing our worldwide search for startups on three focus points: sports and health tech, smart cities, and the future of nutrition.

 

Sports tech solutions are increasingly merging with health tech, with golden opportunities arising at the intersection between the two to help people live healthier and longer lives. For the second area, smart cities, Lake Nona’s unmatched broadband capacity provides the perfect environment for startups who leverage big data to solve everyday issues, particularly those which make us more active, mobile, and healthy. Last but certainly not least, the future of nutrition is a key component of the future of living. Innovative solutions are now bringing professional standard nutrition research & technology to the mass market. 

Important dates

Timeline.

Applications

Applications

19 Feb

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04 Sep

05 Oct

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04 Dec

Virtual Program

Virtual Program
Selection Days

Selection Days

19 Nov

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20 Nov

10 Jan

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14 May

On-Site Program

On-Site Program
Demo Day

Demo Day

22 Apr

14 May

Transition into leAD Portfolio

Transition into leAD Portfolio
Our lineup

Mentors.

We leverage our network to source relevant mentor relations for each startup. By truly understanding our startups’ needs, strengths & weaknesses, we can connect them with accomplished entrepreneurs, corporates and investors.

Network

Partner deals.

Our startups benefit from exclusive product and service deals by our partners and access to our vast network of pivotal brands, corporates, associations in the worlds of sports, health, nutrition, and technology. 

 

Keep an eye on this space: more partner deals will be announced very soon!

HubSpot

HubSpot

HubSpot is a software platform that helps you generate leads, close details, and manage your pipeline. HubSpot offers a growth stack of products for customer relationship management, marketing, and sales.

Deal

HubSpot’s CRM aligns sales and marketing with ease, HubSpot Marketing helps you grow your traffic and convert more visitors into customers, and HubSpot Sales helps you skyrocket your productivity and close more deals with less work.

Tools & software

LambdaWorks

LambdaWorks

LambdaWorks is a software development studio specialized in helping startups with the technical side of their product, supporting founders in the early tech decisions. Core services: concept design, prototyping, mobile, web and custom software development, BI, and product management.

Deal

leAD startups receive free technical consulting, a 20–30% service discount for 6 months and the first 2 weeks are on us if we're not a fit.

IT & Hosting

Lyon Visuals

Lyon Visuals

Lyon Visuals is a full-service visualization studio. Their team works closely with the world’s leading brands, agencies, and businesses; providing them with 3D modeling/rendering, photography and production CAD files.

Deal

Lyon Visuals is giving all leAD startups up to 15% off their modeling and CAD needs.

Design

Think-it

Think-it

Think-it is an engineering collective that helps innovative teams do more with less. We develop and deploy software engineers, helping partners rethink how to build high-performing engineering teams. We specialize in data science and machine learning, cloud development and full-stack development.

Deal

Hire an engineer or data scientist from Think-it, save 10% per month for 3 months. Or hire 2 or more to save 15% for 6 months. Schedule a 1:1 consultation to discuss remote work best practices, scope engineering requirements, and more at no cost.

Services

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services partners with leAD Sports and offers a plethora of benefits for companies backed by LSA. This includes training, credits, business support, and a whole team devoted to helping startups scale their company.

Deal

Amazon Web Services offers discounted rates for their services to all selected leAD startups.

Hosting & IT

WB Engineering

WB Engineering

WB Engineering is a product design company dedicated to assisting clients in consolidating ideas into fine, quality products. WB Engineering specializes in optimizing products for better functionality, manufacturability, and profitability, looking at the idea as a holistic, viable product. 

Deal

Clients backed and partnered with leAD have access to exclusive project packages which help startups reduce costs with a special leAD Sports rate. Your rate while partnered with leAD will save thousands of dollars in engineering prototyping.

Services

Stradigi ai

Stradigi ai

Stradigi AI is an AI software company that enables organizations to bring business-accelerating AI to fruition, quickly. Kepler alleviates the AI talent gap by empowering users with access to intuitive Automated Data Science Workflows, built to generate results for use cases across the business stack.

Deal

Selected early-stage sports and health tech companies that are part of the program in Lake Nona, Orlando, FL will be able to use Kepler, Stradigi AI’s newly launched self-service version of its Machine Learning platform.

Tools & Software

Sportsradar

Sportsradar

Sportradar is multinational cooperation that collects and analyzes sports data from all over the world. They are the leading provider in data and content services in many areas —Sports Media, Betting, OTT, to name a few. Their clients range from startups all the way to federations. 

Deal

Startups have access to the program ‘Acceleradar’ that offers access to data as well as other services such as access to mentors, non-third party sports data API, Mobile Development Platform, Pre-Match & Live Odds, and Sports Data Widgets for up to a year.

Data

SEO Monitor

SEO Monitor

SEOmonitor is an award-winning tool designed to help businesses overcome the industry’s challenges by developing innovative technologies for specialists to make the most out of the available data and deliver insightful and reliable reports

Deal

SEOmonitor tool usage for all the startups. The promo code gives the startups unlimited users, 1 website & 200 keywords to track. It is available for one year from the moment it is used.

Digital

Marlin Motion

Marlin Motion

Marlin Motion helps product managers and marketers add video and animation to their products and services. With a background in technology, the Marlin Motion team specializes in explainer videos, app previews, tutorials, and video ads for apps and software products.

Deal

Marlin Motion is giving all leAD Sports Accelerator participants discounted startup rates for all their services.

Design

CurrencyTransfer.com

CurrencyTransfer.com

CurrencyTransfer.com is the world’s first global payments marketplace. With over 10,000 registered clients, CurrencyTransfer saves you time and money by ensuring the best rates from the right marketplace supplier for every international payment.

Deal

Startups get preferential rates for transfers on the more than 40 currency pairs and 600+ routes available on the global payments marketplace, access to award-winning risk management tools, and a dedicated relationship manager.

Payment

ChillBill

ChillBill

ChillBill, your digital shoebox for your invoices, helps startups which are at the beginning of a long and exciting entrepreneurial journey to never lose track of their finances again.

Deal

ChillBill is giving startups from the leAD Sports Accelerator a special offer on their services during the duration of the program.

Tools & software