About AeroInnovate’s Virtual Accelerator Program

About AeroInnovate’s Virtual Accelerator Program

 About AeroInnovate’s Virtual Accelerator Program

The AeroInnovate Virtual Accelerator program is for entrepreneurs in the aviation industry. AeroInnovate is looking for start-up companies who need help in their business model.

Our goal is to help your company grow into the aviation industry. We do this by connecting you with the best possible mentors.

Over the eight week virtual course, AeroInnovate’s team will help identify needs within finance, marketing, customer development, and more.

Entrepreneurs will improve their presentation and pitch skills.  These skills will then be taken to the market at our Pitch & Mingle event that is held during Airventure EAA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The program goal is to facilitate the alignment of passionate, successful investors and industry leaders with the best aviation-related opportunities in the world.

Our Unique Program Offers You:

  • Opportunities to pitch at the 9th annual Pitch & Mingle event, the largest gathering of aerospace investors
  • Free exhibit space in the Innovations Center at EAA’s AirVenture
  • Ability to connect you with leading firms in the aerospace industry
  • Highly-customized support to help you successfully build a go-to market strategy & test it
  • Two day Pitch Camp focusing on refining your message and delivery
  • Mentorship from marketing, IT, legal, and accounting professionals
  • Development of a marketing strategy, materials and market research through our in-house research center
  • Low cost housing available during EAA’s AirVenture

Additional questions?

  • Please contact Meridith Jaeger, Founder of AeroInnovate at 920.420-8866 or jaegerm@uwosh.edu
  • Please contact Steve Slocum, Director of AeroInnovate at 920-424-2364 or slocums@uwosh.edu
2017 Virtual Accelerator Dates

2017 Virtual Accelerator Dates

Important Dates for Accelerator 2017

  • April 14 = Deadline for 2017 AeroInnovate applications
  • April 17 – May 5 = Applicant interviews
  • May 5 = Announcement of the AeroInnovate class of 2017
  • June 2 = AeroInnovate kick-off
  • June 2 – July 30 = AeroInnovate virtual accelerator
  • July 21 – 23 = Pitch Camp in Oshkosh
  • July 24 – 30 = EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
  • July 26= Pitch & Mingle


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

AeroInnovate Virtual Accelerator Program Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take equity in my company?

We do not take equity in your company.  Our goal is to help get your business on your feet.  The money we give you will not need to be paid back to us.

What other perks or services does the AeroInnovate Accelerator provide?

The AeroInnovate Accelerator offers highly customized support to help take your company to the next level. Not only do we have access to mentors in aviation and aerospace, but we also have interns and UW Oshkosh faculty to offer their assistance and wide range of expertise. Our team can assist in the development of a marketing strategy, materials and market research through our in-house research center. During Pitch Camp we will prepare you to pitch your company to investors and industry leaders at the Pitch and Mingle event, the largest gathering of aerospace investors. You will also have the opportunity to showcase your company with premier exhibit space at EAA’s AirVenture.

Do you accept companies that are competitive with each other?

Not in the same class, but otherwise, yes.

Will you accept companies from outside of the United States?


How do you choose which companies to accept into the program?

We are looking for early stage companies in aviation or aerospace which have significant growth potential.  We have a panel of reviewers who will evaluate your application looking specifically at the idea, the market, and the team.

Do all companies accepted into the program receive funding?


What stage of companies are you looking for?

We typically look for seed or early stage companies, but later stage companies may be a good fit for the program also.  It depends on whether we feel what our program offers will truly benefit your business.

What is Pitch Camp?

Pitch Camp is a intensive two day experience to perfect your pitch.  The weekend prior to AirVenture (Friday evening July 22-Sunday afternoon July 24), we will work with you on your executive summary, your pitch deck and your pitch itself.  You will have the opportunity to have a “dress rehearsal” of your pitch in front of Angels on the Water, an angel investment fund based in Oshkosh.

What is Pitch and Mingle?

This is where you officially introduce your company.  You will have the opportunity to pitch to investors, key players in the aviation industry, media and potential customers at AirVenture (July 21st-23rd).

When is the application deadline?

April 14, 2017

When will I hear if I have been accepted?

We will make decisions about applications by May 6, 2017, which is three weeks prior to the program starting.

When does the program start?

June 3, 2017

What are my responsibilities during the program?

During the program, you must commit to working on your business in your home location.  There will be virtual calls twice weekly which you must participate in.  We have an online community set up which all AeroInnovate companies have access to. You’re encouraged to interact with your fellow entrepreneurs.  You must also prepare materials for your booth at AirVenture (we can help you with this). You must also participate in Pitch Camp and Pitch and Mingle and be in Oshkosh from July 22-July 31.

What are my responsibilities after the program?

There are periodic reports we will ask of you, which updates us on the progress of your business, including financial information, if you have received any follow on funding, how many employees you have and the like.  This information assists us in developing a strong program by tracking our impact.  Details on this will be provided at the start of the program.