June-September 2024

Summer Accelerator

For Boston College alumni and student startups. Rolling applications through May 15, 2024.

Kudzai Taziva, Co-Founder of Social Crucifixion, and Mike Nardella, Co-Founder of Relevize, speaking to SSC companies.
Ben Jabbawy, CEO & Founder of Privy, spending time with SSC companies.

All companies with an affiliation to Boston College are encouraged to apply to the SSC Venture Partners Summer Accelerator.

Brad McNamara, Co-Founder of Freight Farms speaking to SSC companies.

A 90-second overview

Brought to you by the 2020 cohort founders


Gain important skills every founder should have a strong grasp of: finding product-market fit, hiring, fundraising, legal, and more.

1-on-1 coaching

Learn how to set goals, create accountability, and adapt during weekly Venture Partner advisory meetings.

Founder community

Surround yourself with highly-motivated, innovative, and friendly founders.

Seed funding

Receive a $10k SAFE investment, with opportunities to raise more from the SSC's investors at the end of the program.

Mentor network

Benefit from high-quality advice from dozens of hand-picked mentors in a variety of roles and industries.

Fireside chats

Hear established founders tell the stories of how they grew their companies against the odds.


You must be affiliated with Boston College

At least one founder must be a part of the Boston College community. This includes alumni, students, faculty, and staff. Besides this requirement, we value founding team diversity.

You must be full-time this summer

What you put in is what you get out. Participating team members must be working on your business full-time between June-September 2024.

You must be incorporated (by June)

If you're accepted into the accelerator, your business must be a C-Corp before the program begins in June. But don't worry! We'll help you through the process.


If you’re ready to apply, fill out the application form by the deadline. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until May 15, 2024.


Most frequent questions and answers

Yes! Students, both undergrad and post-grad, are encouraged to apply.

The program runs remotely. Therefore, your company does not need to be based in Boston this summer. That said, we encourage you to be in Boston to make the most of the attending some mentor meetings and events in person (SSC Venture Partners puts on in-person events for founders in Boston).

No. If you’re in the early stages of exploring a startup idea, and would like to apply, we welcome your application. You will get a lot of value out of the accelerator program. However, once the program begins, founders must work on their company full-time throughout the accelerator and are expected to pursue their company full-time after the accelerator ends.

The accelerator starts at the beginning of June and ends at the start of September. Exact dates are confirmed once participating companies have been finalized. This allows us to make sure all founders are available for key dates like orientation and demo day.

It’s your company so you still control the majority of your time every day. Expect ~1 day a week alloted to SSC programming.

Some days you will have SSC mentor meetings for 45 minutes. Some days you will meet with a Venture Partner for a weekly check in on your top challenges and questions. Some days the whole cohort will get together for a 2-hour fireside chat with a serial entrepreneur. Some days we will all join a workshop on managing high performing teams. And so forth.

Importantly, this is a self-driven program. The mantra is “What you put in is what you get out.”

You will get the most value out of the accelerator program if you’re a first-time founder who has been building a business for at least a few months (ideally, six months plus).

However, founders of all experience levels have applied to the program. The SSC is industry agnostic and seeks diverse founding teams.

Some founders have elected to enter the accelerator multiple years in a row. You’ll always learn a lot if you bring the right attitude.

Yes. All accelerator companies participate in the accelerator program in return for granting SSC Venture Partners a 2% equity stake (via a SAFE).

SSC takes a lower stake than many accelerator programs due to the mission-driven nature of the organization, financially backed by many BC alumni.

SSC accelerator companies are eligible for larger follow-on investments from the SSC’s venture funds. Follow-on investments are not guaranteed; follow-on investment decisions are made at the discretion of the SSC’s General Partners.

The accelerator program is run by the SSC Venture Partners team. You can see our profiles here. We are BC alumni who are startup founders, serial entrepreneurs, and/or investors. 

We run the accelerator alongside our other companies because we believe in supporting Boston College entrepreneurs and seeing more successful startups come out of the BC community.

Great! We love referrals. Please email kudz@sscventurepartners.com – tell us a bit about the company and why you think they would be a good applicant.

If your question wasn’t answered here, send your question to kudz@sscventurepartners.com.