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About Us

We fill a critical need for incubator, accelerator and enterprise innovation programs by providing the “HOW” to running effective programs. We do this by using tools and techniques used by the most successful startups and enterprise companies in the world and designing custom programs based on your needs.

Who we are

Founded by Nick O’Connor we are a community of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs

Our mission

To transform the workplace and society by creating the right environment for the best and the brightest people to solve the most important problems.

What we do

We design and operate world class programs for early stage startups and internal innovation teams.

We love our clients

We are proud to have run programs for companies like Citrix, Red Hat, Arrow Electronics, Lenovo, Cisco, SanDisk, AT&T and Ericsson

  • Flytbase

    An Api and SDK platform for developers to build and sell commercial drone apps that solve business problems

    Pune, India

  • Appknox

    A web app that helps businesses have both fast time to market and complete mobile security


  • Teslon.io

    A configurable telemedicine solution for clinics and hospitals who want a scaleable way to provide high quality remote healthcare

    Bangalore, India

  • Pickcel

    A content management software app for businesses to better communicate with their customers / employees via digital screens

    Bangalore, India

  • Lucid Cam

    The worlds first consumer 3D camera for both consumers and businesses who want to capture the world as they see it

    Sunnyvale, CA

  • Roominate Toy

    Educational toys that inspire the next generation of female engineers and innovators

    Mountain View, CA

  • Nascent Objects

    A modular electronics system for consumers and businesses to build prototypes and gadgets, using reconfigurable components including batteries, camera, sensors and more.

    San Carlos, CA

Our numbers

12 Incubator / Accelerators Programs
42 # of Startups
38 # of Enterprise Innovation Teams
4 Acquisitions
  • " I rank the Venture Toolkit program as the best program for getting startups to product market fit."

    Bob Dorf - Co-Author, The Startup Owners Manual

  • "The Venture Toolkit framework has had a profound impact on Citrix Innovators program startups all over the world. "

    John McIntyre - General Manager , Citrix Startup Accelerator

  • "The Venture Toolkit 3 month progam not only helped us understand how to launch new initiatives, but it has changed much of the dialog with our current customers as well."

    Ken Durand - VP of Innovation, Ericsson

  • "The rigour and customer focus of the Raleigh Innovators Program run by Venture Toolkit had a dramatic effect on our startups and our ability to access future startups for investment."

    Tom Darden - Founder and CEO Cherokee Fund (a private equity and venture capital company)

  • “The Raleigh Innovator’s Program run by Venture Toolkit plays a key role in my vision to grow new lines of business both from within and by acquiring early stage startups.”

    Jesse-Lipson - GM, Citrix Sharefile

Startups in our Network

A selection of startups that graduated from our programs in Silicon Valley, Raleigh NC, Santa Barbara and Bangalore, India.

  • "Within 3 weeks I had changed course and had acquired new skills to help me better assess the viability of a new business."

    Tony Diepenbrock - CEO, Learn Immersive

  • "I learned how to go from an idea to business with a product and customers."

    Matt Saunders - Director of User Experience, Alfesco

  • "For me, the 3 month program was a life and career changing experience."

    Ian Firth - Senior Architect, Citrix

  • "The 3 month program gave us true startup experience even though we
    still work at a big company."

    Biswapratap - Senior Software Engineer, Silicon Valley Fortune 500 Company

  • "The 3 month program allowed us to learn and apply new skills that
    we would never get to learn on our own."

    Shahar - Director Product Management, Silicon Valley Fortune 500 Company

  • "The program taught me how to go from an idea to a real business."

    Rahul - Program Manager, Silicon Valley Fortune 500 Company

  • "Learnings were invaluable and resulted in course correction week-after-week."

    Pradeep V. Pydah - Founder & CEO, Maxerience

  • "I learned more in the past 3 months than I have in the past two years."

    Kelsey Conophy - Founder & CEO, Workzeit

  • "Nick really helped us learn from our early customers to guide both the product and marketing."

    Alice Brooks - Co-founder & CEO, Roominate Toy

  • "We were pushed to find paying customers before completing the product and we did!"

    Miro Salem - Founder & CEO, 3TEN8

  • "The program really helped figure out who our first customer should be and then how to get them."

    Michelle Harper - Founder & CEO, Savii Care

For Big Companies

We design and operate world class programs for incubators, accelerators & enterprises all over the works.

Idea Bootcamp

A bootcamp to identify high potential ideas & teams to enter into a custom accelerator program (for up to 30 teams).

Internal Innovation

Rigorous programs for 20% time and full time teams, to find the best ideas and teams to seed fund.

Startup Partnerships and Ecosystem Building

Program design, marketing and operation to achieve product-market fit, Business Viability and Growth

Venture Toolkit

Action sessions for startups to achieve product market fit & growth.

Program Team

Nick leads the Programs Team.

Nick O'Connor

Head of Program Success

Liz is a Co-Instructor at Innovators Program - Raleigh

Liz Tracy

Training Partner

Alex is founder and CEO at Action Wins

Alex Kehaya

Training Partner


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Palo Alto, CA
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