Acceleration stacks are guided pathways to support innovators. Each stack is a sequence of activities designed to advance the work of the innovation based on one of four phases. The first phase is identified as the Pre-Startup/Startup Phase, the second phase is identified as the Growth Phase, the third phase is identified as the Development Phase, and the fourth phase is a Modeling Phase. Each phase has a pre-defined unique set of activities described as the Innovator’s Journey Stack prescribed for the entrepreneur’s self-reported condition and input.
Entrepreneurs interact with resource providers in three different stages to determine which stage of support is most appropriate, they are not required to be successive activities:
- Resource provider obtains entrepreneurial intentions or self-selection of stage from entrepreneur with initial intake or questionnaire then orient entrepreneur to Innovator’s Journey framework and tools.
- Resource provider assesses entrepreneurial alertness through form completion, interaction, and/or testing of entrepreneur to provide information for Innovator’s Journey Stack selection by resource provider.
- Resource provider educates entrepreneur on different forms of opportunity recognition and provides feedback. Examples of opportunity recognition may include: Funding, launching new initiatives, innovating, planning, sales development, and/or supply chain development.
Resource providers leverage the acceleration stacks to establish a common language, expectations, and a consistent experience for both the resource provider and the innovator. Resource providers are not expected to be proficient in every stack.