I just got accepted into the Avinde Accelerator Program for Female Entrepreneurs at Texas State University and the preeminent accelerator program for women entrepreneurs in Austin and Central Texas. I think this will be a huge next step for us in growing Silicon Hills News.

The accelerator program starts in September and runs through February. It’s a series of workshops and meetings with experts in sales, fundraising, business plans, social media, marketing, advertising and more. The program, in its eighth class, will also teach us how to pitch to investors and plug us into a network of investors. It’s focused on helping early-stage ventures raise capital to take the business to the next level. 

I also just hired another freelance reporter, Clarisa Ramirez, a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism and a McCormick Fellow, to report out of Austin.

Andrew Moore, a University of Texas broadcast graduate, is doing the weekly video show, Slice of Silicon Hills in San Antonio.

And Susan Lahey, part-time reporter in Austin, will come on full time as my partner after we raise our seed stage funding this year or early next year.

We’re also planning on hiring a sales person and an events coordinator once we get our funding. And we’ll spend $5,000 to $10,000 to redesign and re-launch the site.

We’ve come so far on so little money. It’s really amazing what we’ve accomplished to date. In just another month, we’ll be celebrating our two-year anniversary.