Growth Marketing Accelerator

16 elite millennial entrepreneurs spend 6 months (Jan - May '18) growing their businesses with Derick Thompson & Thani Sokka at StartupRunner HQ in Brooklyn, NYC.


If your business is growing you face the daunting task of a) acquiring high LTV customers, b) hiring the best talent, c) scaling your operations. Fail to acquire high LTV customers - you can forget about all other growth activities.

StartupRunner's growth marketing accelerator program is 6 month process for effectively growing your business. Through our growth marketing curriculum, platform, group/peer learning, bespoke mentorship and hands on help from Derick Thompson & Thani Sokka you'll get done the work that separates the top 10% of entrepreneurs building profitable businesses from the 90% that fail.

"We teach entrepreneurs to navigate the constantly changing environment in and around their business. Customers change, markets change, product requirements change...what doesn't change is the need for an entrepreneur to effectively listen to the voice of their customers and then manage the sales, marketing, product and finance activities of their business. We invest in entrepreneurs because we rely on them to create a consistent return on our invest over the long haul."

Derick Thompson
Founder, StartupRunner


You'll learn the frameworks essential for your entrepreneurial career.

  • Growth Marketing

    As an entrepreneur you need a data driven sales and marketing framework so that you can generate prospects, turn prospects into qualified leads and convert leads into high lifetime value customers.

  • Build a Profitable Business

    As an entrepreneur you need a business building framework so that you can measure product-market fit.

  • Scrum

    As an entrepreneur you need a project management framework so that your team can work effectively.

  • Business Model Canvas

    As an entrepreneur you need a business model framework so that you can validate your business is sustainable.

  • Investor Readiness

    As entrepreneurs you need an investor framework so that you can attract value investors.


You'll dedicate 10 hours a week to grow your business during program.


No Programming

You need time to focus on getting your business off to a good week. No official programing.


Growth Workshops

Morning group workshops where we cover a critical section from the StartupRunner growth marketing cirriculum.


Growth Days

Entire days dedicated by your team to work on the business using growth marketing activities.


Growth Sessions

One on One sessions with Derick & Thani to apply growth marketing principles + anything else needed to grow your business.


Bespoke Mentoring

Occasional mentoring sessions with advisors, investors and other entrepreneurs that can make a material impact on your business.


You'll office at our space in Brooklyn, NYC or your existing location.


You'll work with partners Derick Thompson & Thani Sokka to grow your business.

Derick Thompson

DERICK THOMPSON is an entrepreneur, management consultant and investor. He founded StartupRunner to help management teams optimize their company for profitability using startup strategies, technologies and frameworks. He is author of the book Build a Profitable Business. Derick has founded a number of other companies including DailyDigital and, where he lead product development and marketing. He has advised on business, marketing and product strategy for startups, venture capital firms, and large companies, including Sprint and Dow Jones. Derick is an angel investor with the Central Texas Angel Network, and manages StartupRunner's portfolio of startup investments.

Thani Sokka

Dynamic and creative professional with 17+ years of experience in systems engineering, enterprise architecture, design and development, software project management, object-oriented design, and data/information modeling, working with the latest system development technologies and methodologies Extensive experience as a technical team leader and software project manager for teams of sizes 2-20 developers; have lead and participated in the architecting, designing, developing, and launch of many small, medium, and large scale applications; substantial experience interacting with clients;


You'll need to posses key characteristics to be considered for our program.

6+ mo

In Business For


Your Business Is In


Age Range (Millennials)


Trailing 12/mo Revenue


Previous Investment


Type Of Business

Program Dates

You could be 1 of the 16 startups accepted into an upcoming program.


Brooklyn, NYC

Brooklyn, NYC

Program Dates

1/8/2018 - 05/26/2018

6/4/2018 - 11/24/2017


Applications Open

Applications Not Open

Start Application

We'd love to have you apply. Keep in mind we're looking for diverse early stage companies which demonstrate the ability to generate free cash flow (FCF) increasing returns on equity (ROE) and earnings per share (EPS).

Corporate Partners

StartupRunner corporate partners provide support to our students through discounts, special offers and educational resources.