Hey Phoenix founders, how’s that startup going?  It’s a challenge, right Especially at the beginning… and in spite of all the hard work that lies ahead, the truth is that there are just a few ways for your startup to succeed, and countless ways it can fail.

That’s why we’re launching CLIMB, the new accelerator program from Tucson and Phoenix-based accelerator Go For Vertical in partnership with The CO+HOOTS Foundation. It’s designed for ideation- and early-stage startups to help them focus on the key things that can make all the difference between success and failure.

Here’s some of what you’ll learn.

Go big or go home. Being outside of Silicon Valley doesn’t permit you to build a startup just for your local market. Startups in places outside of the valley have the same or even greater imperative to develop ideas that scale globally, well beyond their local beginnings. #thinklocalgoglobal

Have a laser-like focus on product. Honestly, startup ideas don’t matter. It’s only what your users think about what you actually deliver and put into their hands that matters. So don’t only figure that out, but make sure that your startup’s business model and technology exactly embody this.

Looking for product/market fit isn’t enough. Instead, you need to go for deep, intrinsic product/stakeholder fit. What does that mean? It means figuring out these three things: exactly who your platform is for, exactly what they need, and exactly how you will deliver it. If you don’t know that, then you can deliver a product that your customers will truly want and deeply value.

There’s much more that you’ll learn in CLIMB, like why agile is probably wrong for your startup, and how you can validate your platform before you even code anything. If you can’t tell already, we’re here to change the way you think about your startup, and to help it succeed.

Have questions? We’re ready to answer them. You can reach out ot us on social media @goforvertical, by email at inquiries@goforvertical.com or at (520) 441-2022.