Bring your logistics innovation to life in America’s distribution hub
Applications are now open for the 2016 EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator. The entrepreneurship accelerator program was created to help startups bring innovative logistics products and technologies to market and is sponsored by FedEx.
The EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator is strategically located in Memphis, Tenn. – America’s distribution hub – home to the world’s second-busiest cargo airport and in close proximity to five Class 1 railroads, the mighty Mississippi River, FedEx World Headquarters, and the I-40/I-55 corridors – making it the ideal place to launch new logistics innovations. Click here to find out more about our world-class logistics infrastructure.
Companies with teams of two or more members are invited to apply for the program. We’re looking for companies investigating transportation- or logistics-oriented applications and hardware within areas such as:
- Cross-border E-Commerce solutions
- First- and last-mile delivery solutions
- Fleet efficiency
- Data-driven supply chain management, including predictive analytics
- Payment systems
- Location and contextual-based services
- Internet of Things
- Autonomous vehicles
- Smart packaging
Through a competitive application process, up to six companies will be selected for the 2016 cohort and will receive $50,000 in initial seed capital. In return for an equity stake, each participating company will receive a $25,000 investment to work on developing the initial product and business model from Innova, a Memphis-based venture capital firm that has invested in more than 60 early-stage companies and co-founded the ZeroTo510 Medical Device Accelerator with Memphis Bioworks, as well as a $25,000 match from EPIcenter.
During the 15-week accelerator, entrepreneurs go through an intense, mentorship-focused program that includes classroom activity, hands-on exercises and rigorous business-building curriculum. The companies spend the bulk of their time on market validation, refining their business models, and proofs-of-concept. Post-acceleration programming will be available to help teams continue to develop and grow their startup companies.
At the end of the program, each team presents its business to investors, business leaders and community supporters at Memphis Demo Day.
The accelerator begins on May 2 in Memphis, Tenn., and the teams will be required to be onsite for the duration of the program.
The 2016 application deadline is March 18. Click here to access our application form on the F6S platform or request additional information.
More Information: 2015 Cohort
“Coming to Memphis from San Francisco for the EPIcenter accelerator was a no-brainer. It’s one of the best things we’ve done to move our business forward. The connection to logistics expertise, potential customers, and mentors were all benefits we couldn’t have found anywhere else.”
– Vijay Harrell, CEO of OneClickShip Logistics and a graduate of the accelerator’s 2015 cohort
From the The Commercial Appeal, August 2015: EPIcenter launches logistics innovation booster
Watch the inaugural cohort’s Demo Day presentations from November 2015 here.