Collegiate Accelerator FAQs

What is the general schedule for Collegiate Accelerator?
The Collegiate Accelerator runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm with at least 20 hours of additional work on your venture outside of the four hour residential requirement.

A typical schedule is as follows: Monday (UMass), Tuesday (UMass), Wednesday (UMass), Thursday (VVM), Friday (UMass/VVM). Make sure you double check the agenda for each day to make sure you are at the right location.

The program runs from May 28, 2019 - July 30, 2019.

What are the dates of the Collegiate Accelerator?
You can easily find all the dates on the Key Dates page.

Can I skype/telecommute in some days?
All key dates listed, as indicated in agreement, need to be in person as all are interactive.  Skype is not an option for required dates.

What is the dress code?
Business casual.

Will you provide food during the Summer Accelerator? 
There will be occasional lunch and some snacks provided throughout the program but not every day.


Need based scholarships are available via application. Reach out to Carly or Dorota with further questions. (Scholarships have now been finalized).

Collegiate Accelerator Participants are responsible for paying appropriate taxes. 


Will the program cover my travel?
Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to offer additional money for travel. You will have to account for travel in your needs based scholarship application. Please contact us in advance if this is a problem.  

Housing and some meals will be covered during the week in Mount Ida (June 24 - June 28, 2019).

Program Location:

The CSVP will take place at the new Isenberg Business Innovation Hub at UMass Amherst and in downtown Springfield at Valley Venture Mentors. In addition we will also be spending a week (June 24-June 28, 2019) at the Mount Ida Campus of UMASS Amherst.

To park on UMass Amherst campus, use one of the following options. Please note that you will need to pay to park at UMass Amherst and in Springfield, MA.

  1. Purchase a permit and park in permit parking lots.

  2. Park at a metered parking space using coins or Parkmobile. Certain lots have parking meter pay stations. Cost is $1.50/hour. Meters are enforced from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  3. Park at the Campus Center Parking Garage: $1.75/hr.

  4. Use the PVTA bus system to get around campus. Make sure you are aware of schedule changes, etc. You are responsible for getting to UMass and VVM by 9:00 am.

To park to Valley Venture Mentors, use one of the following options:

  1. Parking is free at the MGM Casino a few blocks away (this is the only free parking)

  2. 215 Worthington Street Parking Lot, $10/day

  3. Street Parking: Worthington St or Bridge St, $0.50/hr (available at 2 hrs at a time).

  4. Both Uber and Lyft are easily available in the area. 

We recommend looking into these options and more to find your best parking option and/or carpooling.