What are your pronouns? (Optional)
Please enter a valid phone number.
Size of Team
Are you the Founder?
When was your company founded?
Company location (US-only):
What time zone are you in?
How much funding have you raised in investments, in grants, donations, etc.?
Are you a non-profit organization or a for-profit organization?
If you are a for-profit, where are you in your fundraising journey (seed, Series A, etc.)?
Friends and Family
What is your company’s mission and how does it foster equitable engagement with the disability community?
The Participation of People with Disabilities
How are people with disabilities integrated into your organization? Select all that apply:
Founded by someone with a disability
Led by someone with a disability
People with disabilities on board
People with disabilities among management/ leadership team
People with disabilities within team/workforce
Ongoing consultation with a disability-led organization or agency
People with disabilities advise and test product or service
Founders/ leaders have family member with a disability
Are you currently working with any disability groups, organizations or consultancy groups? If so, who, for how long, and how frequently do you engage them?
Do any members of your leadership team identify as any of the following? Select all that apply:
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)
LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual)
Understanding the Need
What is the primary disability your solution is positioned to support? Select all that apply:
Describe the need your solution aims to address for those with disabilities. Why is this an important need to address? Describe the scope/magnitude of this need within a U.S. context.
What pain point(s) or barrier(s) experienced by a person with a disability does your solution address?
Social & Economic Inclusion
Healthcare & Access to Selfcare
Disability Innovation Solution
Describe your solution and how it uniquely unlocks opportunities for people with disabilities. Discuss the potential impact for your target audience.
In what ways have you engaged people with disabilities to validate your solution?
Does your solution provide benefits to people without a disability, as a way to expand broader usability beyond the disability community?
Describe how your product is different from currently available technology solutions.
At what stage of development is your proposed solution? Do you have an MVP (minimum viable product/prototype/alpha/beta/in-market)?
Is your product or service and customer-facing information accessible according to globally accepted guidelines (e.g., WCAG 2.1)?
Which next-generation technologies does your solution currently utilize or anticipate utilizing in the future?
Speech and/or Image Recognition
Internet of Things
Are you the sole owner of your technology’s IP?
How can you leverage Verizon technology to advance your solution?
How is your technology designed to be adaptable and evolve as future innovations in hardware and software are developed and adopted by the market?
Business Model and Scaling
Who is the primary customer for your solution? Is this different from the end user?
Describe your market focus? [location, demographics, key customer base, business to consumer (B2C) or business to business (B2B), or public institution, etc.]
Describe your financial model? How do you make money? What are your major expenses?
What is your growth strategy? How would $50k help you scale?
Does your business plan anticipate an eventual sale, exit, acquisition, merger?
List and describe your leadership team (name, title, short bio, links to online resources such as LinkedIn)
Why is your team uniquely qualified to address this need?
If accepted into the program, who from your leadership team will participate in the program?
What do you hope to gain from participating in this accelerator?
For the next round, we will be interviewing the selected startups via video chat. Since we would like to make sure the experience is accessible for all participants, if you were selected what accommodations would you need, if any?
Our partners XR Access, an organization dedicated to ensuring the accessibility of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality for people with disabilities have great resources and additional opportunities. Would you like to opt in to communication from them?
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