As a general rule, the more advanced the startups are in the finalists, the less time you need to spend in bootcamp. In an idea-stage accelerator, in an accelerator which is more risk-averse, or in an accelerator with part-time participants, you probably want to run a longer bootcamp.

BlueChilli’s AmatilX accelerator is starting its bootcamp today, running 40 teams through a two week bootcamp. They’re idea-stage startups (pre-product) and for some, this is their first exposore to working in startups. Not a bad thing to spend a bit more time with them. If they’re not accepted into the final cohort they at least leave with a lot of useful stuff they can use to keep working on their idea.

I’m Alan Jones, an EiR for startup accelerators, GP at M8 Ventures. Previously investor, founder, and early Yahoo PM. Opinions mine (but should also be yours).

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