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An intensive incubation program combines a phase-based framework with constant evaluation and feedback to guide you in reaching the milestones needed for the journey from idea to startup.

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ACTION, not THEORY

Learn by doing with practical learning sprints and experience real entrepreneurship.

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Step-by-Step Guidance

Weekly evaluations, milestones, and reviews to push you farther, and faster. 

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Be Fund-Ready

Our exclusive network of investors includes angels, accelerators, and pre-seed/ seed stage investors across multiple sectors and geographies.

Location

Hybrid Program

Duration

16 Weeks

Application closes on

21 May 2024

Domain

Open to any ideas, irrespective of any domain/sector/technology

Program Fee

$1500  / team

Scholarships Available up to $500

IMPORTANT DATES

22 May 2024

Final Cohort Annoucement

25 May 2024

Cohort Orientation

17 June 2024

Program Kick-off

October 2024

Launch Day

FOR Serious Founders at the Earliest Stages

We work with founders even before they generate any traction or raise funds or get into accelerators 

Typical Program Applicants

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IDEA-STAGE

  • Anyone with just a “Napkin Idea”

  • May be still employed (or) unemployed

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TEAM/

MVP

  • Already a team working on the idea

  • Building/Testing a prototype/MVP

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GARAGE

STARTUP

  • A start-up with a real-time product and/or business plan

  • Are Pre-Revenue

What will you Benefit?

The program is designed to guide you through the process of starting your own business. Although the graduating metrics vary to individuals and the nature of business; we have listed down some of the areas, in which startup owners would typically need guidance the most

Developing Entrepreneurial Gene

Coming up with Business Idea(s)

Creating a Business plan

Success tracking

Growth focused Mentorship

Tech guidance to develop MVP/Prototype

Acquiring your first customer

Brewing the Perfect Pitch

Networking opportunities

Getting Funding

World-Class Network

Those who have built & scaled start-ups successfully and have a passion for giving back to the start-up community

We entered Debut Labs with no prior experience in starting a business and with just a Napkin Idea. However, with the mentorship, network, and resources, we were able to achieve product-market validation. This has given us the confidence to launch our idea as it has been proven that this is what people want. We have come a long way, progressing from zero to one.

Rose & Matthew, Co-founders

CoMint | Cohort '23

Our Proven Methodology

The Framework For Accelerating Your Startup Journey

Start your Entrepreneurial journey NOW!

Tailored for your Dreams

Startups have different needs that founders need to address. This founder(s)-driven program is split into phases with growth-focused milestones, and trackers to evaluate the progress and journey ahead.

Glimpse and some of the crucial steps that you will go through.

Join an Online Information Session

Sign up for an upcoming info session to learn more and chat with our team.

'Wantrepreneurs'
please do not apply

Starting a business is no joke. 

Our Admissions Process is designed to accept only high-potential entrepreneurs. The team at Debut Labs spends loads of time curating the entries and would expect that the individuals are committed and passionate about building a venture out of their idea and would hope that no idea/team stops putting effort at any point in time. 

To complete the program, you must:

Complete the given tasks in time and keep up with the pace of the program.

Meet a minimum rating threshold at all times. Your progress and strategy are rated and reviewed at weekly office hours.

A minimum of 90% attendance is to be maintained at each phase throughout the program.

Time is Now!

An idea + A Believer(s) + A Million small experiments = A Solution that can reach a billion people.

 STOP DREAMING ABOUT YOUR IDEA AND GET INTO ACTION! 

  • What is the schedule for the program?
    Our program is scheduled to commence in May 2024 and will run through September 2024. It is designed to provide comprehensive support throughout this period to ensure your startup's success. While most of the program can be completed remotely, we recommend in-person participation during the first 2 weeks during the idea validation and shaping, and the last 2 weeks to fine-tune your pitch for the launch day and facilitating in-person connections within our network for ongoing support. While not mandatory, this in-person presence is highly recommended for maximizing the program's benefits.
  • What is the time commitment?
    All our programs are designed to be a part-time program. The time commitment requires a minimum of 20 hours of work per week, on average, depending on factors including your idea, technology and team size. Participating teams are required to attend weekly sessions totalling upto three and a half hours. The sessions will have between five and ten hours of assignment/task work that needs to be completed before the following weeks mentoring session. If a participating Founder is also working on a prototype or some other aspect of the business, then the time commitment can be much greater. It is recommended but not mandatory, to have at least one team member with full-time commitment within the team.
  • Where is the program located?
    The majority of our program activities will take place virtually, allowing participants from anywhere to engage. However, certain key events and engagements will be held in the Tampa Bay region which will be scheduled to take place during your in-person attendance during the first and last two weeks of the program. We highly encourage candidates both from outside the Tampa Bay region and across the United States to apply and take advantage of the opportunities offered by the program.
  • Do you only accept tech companies at Debut Labs Programs?
    Our programs primarily focuses on technology and technology-enabled businesses that are product and/or service based. While this includes tech startups, it extends to hardware, as well as traditional businesses like those in the food, e-commerce, and brick-and-mortar sectors. The key criterion is that the business must have the potential to scale through technology. However, we typically do not accept founders looking to establish non-scalable service-based companies, such as consultancies and agencies. Our goal is to support ventures with the capacity for substantial growth and innovation through technology.
  • What does it cost for the program?
    The program fee is $1,500 for a startup team. This fee covers the entire 16-week program for the entire team, with a maximum of 4 individuals per team. Whether you're a solo founder or part of a team, this fee ensures that you have access to all program benefits and resources.
  • Is there an application fee?
    We do not charge an application fee. Our programs are designed to be accessible to all qualified applicants.
  • How do I qualify for the student scholarship?
    To qualify for the student scholarship, your team must include at least one member who is currently a student at the time of application. The student team member(s) must be a currently enrolled student at an accredited educational institution. Once accepted for the program, you will be required to provide proof of your student status, such as a valid student ID or other relevant documentation. Once your student status is verified, you'll be eligible for the scholarship. It's our way of supporting and encouraging aspiring student entrepreneurs on their startup journey.
  • What is the Program Fee Refund Policy?
    We offer a FULL refund of your Program Fee for your first Debut Labs program, provided that you withdraw before the start of the third week. This gives you a risk-free opportunity to explore the program for the initial two weeks. All refund requests are typically processed within a few weeks of your dropout date. Your satisfaction and commitment to the program are important to us, and we aim to make the process straightforward for your peace of mind.
  • Can I participate in the program remotely?
    Yes, you can participate in our program remotely. We understand the diverse locations and circumstances of our participants, and we've designed our program to accommodate remote engagement. While there are in-person requirements(not mandatory) during specific weeks of the program, the majority of our activities and resources are accessible virtually, allowing you to participate from wherever you are located.
  • Can I apply if I’m already working on my own startup?
    Yes, absolutely! We welcome applications from entrepreneurs who have already begun their startup building process. Our programs are tailored to support startups at various early stages of development, including those that are already in progress. We believe our resources, mentorship and networking opportunities can help you accelerate the process and take it to the next level. Please feel free to apply and share details about your current startup when submitting your application.
  • Do I have to be a resident of the United States to be a part of the program?
    You do not need to be a resident of the United States to participate in the program. However, we do recommend having at least one team member located in the United States during the program, particularly for the in-person requirements (although it's not mandatory). This allows for a more immersive experience during those specific weeks. We welcome applications from both local and international candidates and are committed to working together to ensure a rewarding experience, regardless of your location.
  • Can I submit more than one idea?
    Yes, you are welcome to submit multiple ideas for consideration. However, please ensure that each idea is submitted as a separate application. Debut Labs places a stronger emphasis on the individuals rather than the specific business idea. The participating team must select one idea to turn into a startup during the 16-week program.

Still have questions? Feel free to Contact us or join an upcoming Information Session.

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