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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 now open on F6S!
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!