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How Accel’s SeedToScale 2.0 Platform Is Democratising Knowledge For New Founders

The recently unveiled platform is the improved version of the VC firm’s SeedToScale resource platform, which it floated in August 2020

Since its inception, the platform has empowered industry experts to share their insights into building successful ventures via reports, blogs, articles, data visuals, and podcasts, among other things

Accel has several developments in the pipeline, including an AI-based conversational tool that will be trained to address specific questions of founders.

In a bid to empower future founders with actionable insights and help them create companies of scale, VC firm Accel has launched an open-source community-knowledge platform, SeedToScale 2.0. 

The recently unveiled platform is the improved version of the VC firm’s SeedToScale resource platform, which it floated in August 2020. Since its inception, the platform has provided industry experts a forum to share their insights into building successful ventures via reports, blogs, articles, data visuals, and podcasts, among other things.

The platform has not only helped the community of startups and founders gather actionable insights into building sustainable, high-growth companies but also fostered collaborations among more than 80 industry experts, founders, and mentors to produce an extensive library of over 300 knowledge pieces, encompassing all stages of company building. This has also helped the platform build a community of 500K users.

Upping the ante, Accel has now upgraded the platform to serve the community in a more efficient manner. The VC firm’s latest initiative, SeedToScale 2.0, envisions the platform as a collection of insights comprising the knowledge and experience of founders, journalists, venture capitalists, and industry experts. The content on the upgraded platform has been curated to give founders of new startups more comprehensive insights relevant to their unique contexts.

Anand Daniel, partner, Accel, said, “Accel is dedicated to supporting the startup ecosystem beyond capital investment, with a long-standing history of supporting founders with our mentorship, expertise, and network connections. SeedToScale 2.0 is another milestone in our ongoing commitment to empowering startup founders, by providing them with the tools and resources they need to accelerate their growth and amplify their impact.”

The US-based VC firm Accel which has been operational in India since 2008 and has backed companies like BookMyShow, Browserstack, Flipkart and Swiggy, among others.

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SeedToScale 2.0’s Open-Source Approach

The open-source model is a way of creating software that allows anyone to access software for free. This allows multiple ideas and skills to make open-source solutions better. More importantly, the open-source approach democratises knowledge, paving the way for collaborations, accessibility and inclusivity.

With this approach, the new version of the SeedToScale platform invites industry experts across the Indian startup community to decentralise knowledge so that new entrepreneurs can build sustainable companies of tomorrow.

“We believe that real knowledge and experience come from those who are actively building companies, and invite experienced members across the startup ecosystem to contribute their perspectives on building in India to share with the community,” said Daniel.

Leaders from the startup ecosystem such as other VCs, founders, subject matter experts, journalists and anyone with a captivating story related to building and scaling startups can contribute to the platform.

By adopting an inclusive and collaborative approach, SeedToScale 2.0 aims to build a thriving ecosystem where ideas, experiences, and expertise come together to empower aspiring entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts. The platform aspires to serve as a repository of valuable insights.

SeedToScale 2.0: What’s New?

The SeedToScale 2.0 platform offers enhanced UI/UX (user interface/user experience) compared to the first version. The new version of the platform is more user-friendly and organised, making it easier for users to find what they need on the website. The goal is to make relevant content more accessible to founders and platform creators who intend to share knowledge on the platform.

The upgraded site offers actionable insights for everyone and caters to those with limited attention span or time. 

SeedToScale 2.0’s New Features

  • Visual language & user experience: The platform is redesigned for easier navigation for users.
  • Focus mode: This mode helps increase content retention for users.
  • Global search: Users can search for blogs, podcasts, and trending topics, among other things on the platform.
  • Sector-specific indexed content: Users can browse for content industry-wise.
  • Intuitive content taxonomy: This feature refines search capabilities.
  • Highlights feature: For a quick read, snapshots of key takeaways from the content will be pinned on the website.

The platform will add a new section to the existing podcast, ‘SeedToScale 2.0 Specials’. The series will begin with a discussion between Jim Swartz cofounder of Accel and Anand Daniel, partner, Accel (Bengaluru office). The investors will talk about the evolution of startups and how venture investing began. They will also discuss the topic of why 2023 has been dubbed a year of reset in venture capital. 

Meanwhile, the second episode in the series will be hosted by other Accel partners – Mahendran Balachandran (Bengaluru office), Harry Nelis (London office) and Sameer Gandhi (San Francisco office), who talk about the forty years of Accel, along with the key takeaways of past years that will continue to be relevant in the times to come.

On A Mission To Strengthen The Startup Community

“Looking ahead, Accel will continue investing in entrepreneurship as a whole. We will continue to improve the SeedToScale platform to ensure that founders are not hindered by a lack of “how-to” knowledge when embarking on their startup journey,” said Daniel.

Moving ahead, Accel has several developments in the pipeline, including an AI-based conversational tool that will be trained to address specific questions of founders. This feature aims to provide personalised guidance to entrepreneurs facing unique challenges.

In addition to its existing learning programmes, Accel will introduce the ‘SaaS with Accel’ programme, specifically designed for SaaS founders.

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