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How is this different than an accelerator?
The Northwestern Mutual Venture Studio is a new venture development program where we collaborate with entrepreneurs to launch new companies. Because of the structure and available resources within studios, startups who complete this type of program see an increased rate of success and investment.
Do I need to have a fully-baked idea to apply?
No. If you’re passionate about starting a company, are an industry expert and/or experienced entrepreneur, we’d love to connect. We prefer if you can bring an idea to us having already completed some research, customer development and business model canvassing, but it’s not a requirement.
Is my company too far along for the Northwestern Mutual Venture Studio?
We’re looking to partner with entrepreneurs at the earliest stages. If you already have customers, investors and a team, we may not be the best fit for you. (If you are looking to raise capital, consider reaching out to Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures.)
Why should I work with the Northwestern Mutual Venture Studio over another startup studio?
By partnering with the Northwestern Mutual Venture Studio, you will go to market with an industry-leading financial services company that has the highest financial strength rating awarded to any U.S. life insurer. You’ll have access to our network of mentors and financial representatives, early-stage capital and resources to help make your idea a reality. As a member of the Global Startup Studio Network, a highly-curated community of the world’s venture studios, you’ll gain access to the GSSN network and learning opportunities to help grow your venture.
What other benefits do the Northwestern Mutual Venture Studio co-founders receive?
In addition to access to Cream City Labs and our network of mentors and financial representatives, we can also help make connections to investors and potential customers. As co-founder, Northwestern Mutual has a vested interest in ensuring your startup is successful.
Are entrepreneurs compensated while working in the Northwestern Mutual Venture Studio?
Compensation and length of contract are negotiated on a case-by-case basis upon your acceptance into the Northwestern Mutual Venture Studio.