// C5 Accelerate

Partnering to build the world's leading cloud ecosystem.

C5 Accelerate is a London, Washington D.C., and Bahrain based technology investment firm. C5 Accelerate is developing a Cloud Accelerator Cluster in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the United States, alongside Amazon Web Services. Its mission is to accelerate best-of-breed start-ups to meet the growth opportunity being created by the geographic expansion of AWS, the world’s leading cloud computing platform.

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// C5 Accelerate

Partnering to build the world’s
leading cloud ecosystem.

C5 Accelerate currently runs accelerators in Bahrain and Washington D.C.. The eight-week structured program of mentorship is divided into a series of sprints and tutorials that cover all aspects of scaling up, with a focus on scaling using the cloud. To facilitate this, each participant company/organization receives up to $50k AWS credits. The program concludes with a pitch day, when founders have the opportunity to pitch their companies and organizations to potential investors from C5, AWS and their respective global investor networks.

The program is supported by an extensive community of international mentors and, on completion of the program, companies/organizations will receive certification whereupon they will enter a peer network that will provide ongoing support and guidance.

// Why Cloud?

Cloud infrastructure is shaping the next generation economy

  1. Cloud computing spending across EMEA is now $40bn annually
  2. Cloud adoption continues to accelerate as more enterprise-scale customers shift technology responsibilities to cloud vendors and concentrate on their core business lines
  3. Cloud revenue growth in EMEA is expected to be in excess of 14% CAGR between 2015-2019, with MENA and SubSaharan Africa growing at over 18%.
  4. While cloud infrastructure is global, its implementation is necessarily local.

There is now a pressing need for regional cloud champions across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

// The Curriculum

The curriculum will focus on around basic building blocks to scaling a successful business

Business Development
& Operations

Business Development
& Operations

Delivered by solutions architects from AWS, and supplemented by our network of advisors, the participants will learn to focus on developing the product as they operate.

Operational Scaling

Operational Scaling

A review of the organisational requirements – including finance and HR and infrastructure – to scale will be an early focus. Think of it as a mini MBA programme.

Securing Investment

Securing Investment

Ensuring a solid next step for participating businesses will be a core part of the program. C5 is committed to reviewing requirements early and often.

Customer Acquisition

Customer Acquisition

A focus on identifying both natural and next partners as well as defining what the optimum customer for the business central.

Business Planning

Business Planning

Core to the maturation of the businesses is robust financial planning which is accessible and understandable by investors. This will be an early and persistent area of learning.

Management & Governance

Management & Governance

Many businesses grow without governance, limiting their attractiveness to investors long-term. Mature governance can be a major differentiator for early stage business.

Business-centric curriculum is underpinned by tailored technical coaching delivered by our innovation partners and mentors.

// Benefits to participants

 

  • Global connectivity with potential customers
  • Mentorship from industry experts, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders
  • Training in strategy and business principles
  • AWS services and targeted training
  • Workspace during the program
  • Potential seed funding for qualifying ventures

// Participate

  • Independent software vendors developing SaaS/BaaS products;
  • Professional service firms enabling the transition of enterprise and public sector workloads onto the cloud, including managed cloud services, cloud education, and cloud security;
  • Disruptors using cloud computing technology to challenge entrenched business models;
  • For profit and non-profit organisation developing peace technology (PeaceTech).
  • If you have a business and meet the selection criteria, please submit an application
  • Cloud 10 Scalerator in Bahrain http://www.tamkeen.bh/en/
  • PeaceTech Accelerator in Washington D.C. https://www.etouches.com/esurvey/peacetech
  • If you would like to work at the Accelerator, we have both paid and volunteer positions open and would be open to discussions.

// Selection Criteria

  • Total international addressable market in excess of $500 million
  • Potential for the company to attain regional or global category leadership
  • Market validation from corporate customers or end-users
  • Robust business model and product with clear development plan
  • Prior investment from external or corporate investors Solvent balance sheet
  • Clear product execution roadmap
  • Ownership of critical intellectual property
  • Differentiated technology accepted by corporate or government clients
  • Balanced team including both technology experts and experienced business managers.
  • Proven history of generating revenue.
  • Willingness to invest management time working with the accelerator program team and other participant companies.

// Team

Our management team is led by experienced executives who are known for their performance, agility and integrity. Our bench strength is further enhanced by a unique network of strategic partners known for their leadership in the fields of technology, industry, geopolitics, academia and government.

Eva-Maria Dimitriadis // Chief Operating officer

Eva joined C5 to run our worldwide accelerator program. She studied PPP at Oxford University and has spent the last ten years working in the art market. Eva served as Chief of Staff to the CEO at Christie’s, where she supported Christie’s digital strategy. Prior to that she worked in Business Development focusing on the company’s expansion into growth markets such as India, China, the Middle East and Africa. Eva is passionate about tech startups and social impact. She sits on the committee of the Audaces Foundation which raises awareness about impact investing amongst next generation leaders.

Miss Hadyah M. Fathalla // C5A Executive Director, Bahrain

Hadyah Fathalla is Executive Director for C5 Accelerate and is responsible for public and private sector business in MEA and developing innovative technology ventures. Hadyah previously served as a leading security expert in Bahrain, advising a number of government agencies on topics including security policy, strategy, cybersecurity, and other national security threats and challenges. She holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, concentrating on International Global Affairs and an MA in War Studies from King’s College in London.

Chet Rao // C5A Regional Partnership Director, MENA

Chet Rao is a Regional Partnership Director, for C5 Accelerate, across the EMEA region. He is responsible for strategic partnership business development, along with management of current partners including Amazon Web Services. Chet closely works with post revenue cohorts, to help them drive hyper growth. He received his BEng (Hons) from University of Manchester, England.

Bee Heal // Program Manager, PeaceTech Accelerator

Bee Heal is Program Manager for the PeaceTech Accelerator, based in Washington, D.C. Previously, Bee lead the Cloud Leadership Centre, the non-profit company within the C5 group that supports charitable and philanthropic organisations working in education, conflict resolution, conservation and veteran welfare. Prior to joining the C5 group, Bee worked for an NGO in the Democratic Republic of Congo on cross-border conflict transformation.

Eva-Maria Dimitriadis // Chief Operating officer

Eva joined C5 to run our worldwide accelerator program. She studied PPP at Oxford University and has spent the last ten years working in the art market. Eva served as Chief of Staff to the CEO at Christie’s, where she supported Christie’s digital strategy. Prior to that she worked in Business Development focusing on the company’s expansion into growth markets such as India, China, the Middle East and Africa. Eva is passionate about tech startups and social impact. She sits on the committee of the Audaces Foundation which raises awareness about impact investing amongst next generation leaders.

Miss Hadyah M. Fathalla // C5A Executive Director, Bahrain

Hadyah Fathalla is Executive Director for C5 Accelerate and is responsible for public and private sector business in MEA and developing innovative technology ventures. Hadyah previously served as a leading security expert in Bahrain, advising a number of government agencies on topics including security policy, strategy, cybersecurity, and other national security threats and challenges. She holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, concentrating on International Global Affairs and an MA in War Studies from King’s College in London.

Chet Rao // C5A Regional Partnership Director, MENA

Chet Rao is a Regional Partnership Director, for C5 Accelerate, across the EMEA region. He is responsible for strategic partnership business development, along with management of current partners including Amazon Web Services. Chet closely works with post revenue cohorts, to help them drive hyper growth. He received his BEng (Hons) from University of Manchester, England.

Bee Heal // Program Manager, PeaceTech Accelerator

Bee Heal is Program Manager for the PeaceTech Accelerator, based in Washington, D.C. Previously, Bee lead the Cloud Leadership Centre, the non-profit company within the C5 group that supports charitable and philanthropic organisations working in education, conflict resolution, conservation and veteran welfare. Prior to joining the C5 group, Bee worked for an NGO in the Democratic Republic of Congo on cross-border conflict transformation.

// Shield in the cloud innovation challenge

The Shield in the Cloud challenge will select the most innovative startups, corporations and governments working in cloud-based technology to promote transparency and accountability compliance Worldwide. The challenge is in conjunction with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the United States Institute for Peace (USIP).The “shield” as a symbol of compliance protects society and the poorest people in particular.

How can I apply?
Incorporated companies with cohesive teams and persuasive business plans that have successfully completed a seed funding round, and registered non-profits with more than $50,000 in revenue(s) can apply on F6s.

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