Ep 34: Long Beach Accelerator, a Public-Private Endeavor- With Andrea White-Kjoss

Ep 34: Long Beach Accelerator, a Public-Private Endeavor- With Andrea White-Kjoss

In this episode, I interview Andrea White-Kjoss from the Long Beach Accelerator. The accelerator is a unique public-private partnership, that in 4-months helps the start-up identify and focus on the 3 most impactful time-bound activities that will move them forward.  

They are off to a stellar start with some fantastic results with $5M total funding and 25% funding rate for the first 12 companies

They were started in July 2020, their first cohort began in Feb 202.

We also cover:

  • Andrea’s background. 
  • What it means to be a public-private accelerator and why it works 
  • Being a “start-up” accelerator serving “start-ups”
  • The accelerator application requirements


Focus on building great companies, not great investments.

About the Guest

Andrea White-Kjoss is an accomplished senior executive, serial entrepreneur, advisor, board member, startup mentor, and thought leader with more than 20 years of business success in diverse industries and verticals. She is passionate about creating successful companies and making existing ones better. Companies led by Andrea have generated double and triple-digit growth, every year, for the last 15 years of her career.

Through her work in her companies and mentoring startups, she has built a network of entrepreneurs, angel investors, family offices, accelerators, early-stage VC, high net worth individuals, and service provider partners, and has significant experience sourcing quality technology startups companies and participating in due diligence processes. In addition, Andrea has served as a guest lecturer, giving presentations at global conferences, universities, and councils.


About the Host:

Philip Topham is The Savvy Founder. Philip has an inquisitive mind and a passion for ideas. He’s impatient to see tomorrow’s future today. He focuses on helping technical founders unlock their pragmatic dreamer and develop their business skills and social capital.  With more than 25 years across start-ups and corporate roles, Philip has been everything from janitor to the Founder and Chief Everything Officer.

Words of Wisdom

  • Ideas are worthless; revenues are priceless; surround yourself with smart people.
  • Life is a journey – mole hills or mountains? it’s your choice.

Connect with Philip at:

Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/philiptopham

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thesavvyfounder

Website – https://www.philiptopham.com

Free resources: 10 Most Fixable Pitch Deck Mistakes @ https://www.thesavvyfounder.com

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