NewME is a platform that helps out of the box entrepreneurs transform cool ideas into great businesses.
Launched in June 2011, NewME speeds up your road to success by “digging in” and giving you the support you need to win. Our platform is a customizable way to plug into the expertise, people, and resources right when you need it most.
NewME is for “out of the box” entrepreneurs. The Silicon Valley ecosystem is set-up to support entrepreneurs who fit into a certain box. For example if you are looking to get into an accelerator then you have to either be plugged into the right network to connect with a decision maker, apply with your idea and hope that they think you have the background to pull it off, or have something basically flushed out already and growing. Additionally let’s say you are looking for an investor. You have to either (again) be plugged into the right networks to get an introduction, (again) have a background that is respected, or (again) already be on a growth trajectory that provides the least amount of risk at the earliest stage.
Let’s discuss background for a second. A typical background that players in the ecosystem look for are what school you went to (Ivy Leagues are a plus), if you are a programmer, where you’ve worked in the past, and of course who you are connected to. These entrepreneurs fit into a nice box of what is accepted and established as a working pattern to predict success in the industry. So what if you don't meet this criteria? We call these entrepreneurs “out of the box” entrepreneurs. They’re who we like to work with.
We get hundreds of emails from entrepreneurs excited to participate in our 12-week residential program in San Francisco however in many cases life circumstances won’t allow them to participate fully. Additionally, we can only accommodate about 8-12 entrepreneurs at a time which doesn’t align with our mission of helping..... entrepreneurs around the world. These are some of the biggest reasons why we decided to launch a virtual version of our program. It gives you access, allows us to reach more people, and last but not least if you are interested in coming to work with us in SF you can still do so. After joining NewME we’ll track your progress and let you know the best time for you to come work with us in a Sprint. We’ve found that this is a more focused, efficient, and effective way for entrepreneurs to achieve their goals.
Many programs that look similar to NewME are based on an entrepreneurs participation for 9-12 weeks. After working with hundreds of entrepreneurs we’ve decided that this isn’t the most effective way to help. That's why we’ve made NewME a continuous program that helps entrepreneurs at whatever stage they might be at. This is why our program is not a school and has an open structure that is centered around you and what you need, we simply provide the access.
While it’s recommended that you think about your entrepreneurial journey as that, a journey not a sprint, we understand that life can get in the way so we’re hoping to give you the support you need by allowing entrepreneurs in NewME to start and stop without any risk.
No. One of our biggest learnings since we launched is that it simply doesn’t make sense to take equity from companies that are too early. Additionally many early stage businesses are in the development process and don't really know what they will be when they “grow up” yet still need access to the information and resources so they can define that. We want to help entrepreneurs like you (who don’t fit into a box) get there so we’ve launched this virtual version of our program for a reasonable fee for early stage entrepreneurs.
If you make significant progress and have decided that raising money from investors is the right thing to do for your business and want our help we’re happy to have a discussion about our Elite Entrepreneurs Network and if you meet the necessary criteria. If you are invited to join our Elite Entrepreneur Network we’ll discuss the terms of participation which include an equity stake in your business like we’ve done since our launch.
NewME's comprehensive curriculum will help you turn your business dreams into reality. Our 12 module curriculum follows tried and true methods used to help entrepreneurs we’ve worked with raise nearly $17MM in just 3 years. Our open format blends topical expert Q&A sessions, peer learning, and dedicated coaching to tailor a plan that will help you grow your idea into a sustainable business.
In addition to our core program there are several dedicated accelerator options to choose from for those that are more advanced. Options range from ongoing dedicated coaching to week long residential intensives at our headquarters. We call these intensives Sprints and they can last anywhere from 1 week to 12 weeks depending on your stage.
YES! We’ve noticed that many entrepreneurs prefer to work with a dedicated coach in addition to our core program for maximum results. After joining NewME entrepreneurs have the option of getting private coaching via requesting feedback through our platform or requesting one-on-one sessions with one of our coaches.
We're invested in your success and won’t throw you into a pool expecting you to know how to swim. We also won't waste your time helping you with things you’ve already mastered. That said every entrepreneur has a in introductory call with a coach so we can understand exactly where you are at and recommend exactly where you need to start with NewME in order to achieve your goals.
Additionally you’ll get access to high quality templates that range in topics from developing a budget to incorporation guidelines to putting together a pitch deck. All of our resources are tools that we’ve used at NewME already with tons of entrepreneurs, part of our goal is to make sure that this kind of information is accessible to everyone which is why we’ve included it in our virtual accelerator. Our resources aren't required however they are recommended and we’ll reference them throughout your participation.
No. NewME is not an online school. We don't have teachers/instructors and there is no homework with due dates. The entrepreneurs we work with are self-motivated and focused on putting in the work that they need to to get to where they want to go, we just provide the guidance and expertise. From time to time we’ll have recommended experiments that we’ll provide that have been proven to move businesses forward however you can complete them within your own time frame.
Its likely that you will so we’ve made sure to structure our program to to make sure you can get the answers you need when you need them most. Our weekly expert sessions are completely Q&A driven as is our Group Office Hours. Additionally, you can request private feedback through our platform or request to speak to a dedicated coach.
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The best way to contact NewME regarding any questions you might have about a future, existing, or past membership is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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