Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) is a NY-based early stage investment firm and startup incubator established in 2011 by Murat Aktıhanoğlu and others. Its origins date back to 2007, when Aktıhanoğlu kicked off Entrepreneurs Roundtable (ER), which later opened its capital and incubation program.
ERA accepts 10 applicants from all over the world two times a year and invites them to their incubation center in NYC for four months of intensive training. Beyond the four months of training, all the companies accepted into the program receive a funding of $40,000, and enjoy workshops and seminars from 250 mentors.
The ERA Winter 2013 class, the fourth round of the program, is open for applications. The program will run from January 7 to April 26, 2013 to bring together 10 new startups from around the world.
ERA lists some of the perks that await the 2013 class, and they look ravishing:
- Free collaborative office space in the heart of NYC’s Times Square
- Working with 3 ERA partners and the ERA team every days
- Talks by prominent investors like Fred Wilson and Esther Dyson
- Free legal services
- Free webhosting services by Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure
- Microsoft BizSpark opportunities
- Free banking services
- Free accounting services
- Free HR and Payroll/Health Benefits services
- 5 domestic flight tickets from American Airlines
At the end of the program is the Demo Day, in which the Winter 2013 class will present to 500+ angel investors and venture capitalists. Afterwards, all 10 participants will fly to California for another Demo Day in San Francisco.
The program will be accepting applications until November 30. Startups who have received their first round investments can still apply. After the application window, ERA will interview the 100+ startup applicants over Skype or in person. For the second round of interviews, founders of the top 25 candidates will be contacted online to select the final 10 startups.
ERA founder Murat Aktıhanoğlu will hold a free information session at Bahçeşehir University on November 17. Aktıhanoğlu will additionally set aside office hours for the more eager candidates on November 16, the details of which can be reached here.
ERA has previously accepted companies from Brazil, Columbia, and Guatemala, and has long favored Turkey as a potential source of successful startups. If you are interested in technology, internet, mobile, and social media, this might be a good opportunity to get acquainted with the New York and San Francisco scene. The previously accepted companies can be seen here.