Thanks to Kent Bernhard for his article on the Citrix Startup Accelerator-
Editor’s note: More and more, entrepreneurs are finding financial and intellectual help for their startups through accelerator or incubator programs. Portfolio.com will be breaking down these programs to help startup founders pick the right program.
What: Citrix Startup Accelerator, a global program begun this year by the software company to provide funding, mentorship and office space to new companies working on cloud, mobile and next-generation desktop computing. Citrix is currently working with 12 companies.
Where: Citrix provides office space to companies at its Santa Clara, California, campus. Companies are not required to spend all their time there and may have offices in their hometown or home country. They do, however, have “landing space,” at the Citrix headquarters.
When: Applications for the next group of startups will be reviewed beginning in the first quarter of 2012, though founders can fill out an online application form now.
Who: Startups that focus on the latest technology such as cloud computing. Companies can be located anywhere in the world to apply. They need to have a clear business proposition, a product developed that offers excellent user experience and solves business problems and simplifies the digital experience for people. No “me too” companies like “the next Groupon” need apply.
Why: To receive funding of up to $400,000, office space at Citrix, access to mentorship and equipment from the software company and outside partners.
How: You can apply online. Be sure to include an explanation of how your company fits the Citrix requirements, and include a one- to two-minute video outlining your company and goals.