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How to Write a Business Plan is the #1 place for insight into accelerator programs and the ever changing accelerator landscape. We interview industry beasts, accelerator graduates, and program managing directors so they can share their thoughts and advice on starting a company, business planning, and the Startup Accelerator experience.

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The Accelerate Team

Luke Deering

Luke Deering

Luke is Co-founder and CEO of VineUp, born in England he spent much of his early years traveling the world, before moving to the US to peruse basketball at the college level. Luke started his professional career with Estée Lauder in New York, before joining Battery Venture funded startup Panjiva. Luke left Panjiva in 2009 to co-found his first company, a lifestyle footwear design brand called lup.  In 2011 Luke returned to England to co-found VineUp with high school friend, Chris Dowdeswell.

 

 

Matt Cartagena

Matt Cartagena

Matt is VP of Marketing for VineUp. Previous to VineUp, Matt worked in Finance for UPS, Stryker Corporation and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney before shifting gears towards the exciting world of startups.  Matt is the Co-founder of Interviewnomics and HowToWriteABusinessPlan.com. Matt also accidentally holds a degree in Economics as well as an MBA from Montclair State University, where he was involved in the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship.