The Accelerator Journey
The Accelerator is designed to help you close a business in half the time at half the cost it would take you to find a business on your own. The program is designed to find and close a business for you within an average span of seven months. It is broken into three Phases that take you from defining your investment thesis all the way the close of your business.
How Acquira Makes Money
Acquira charges an Accelerator Fee for Phase One.
The one-time $5,000 payment includes access to the training materials during the acquisition process (a $4,000 value), as well as 1 year of Weekly Group Calls, initial one-on-one Coaching calls (a $1,500 value), an Investment Committee call ($1,000 value), and a fully catered in-person Workshop ($2,000 value).
At the end of the Workshop, if both parties think it’s a good fit, you can move forward with the rest of the Accelerator, by executing the agreement that was sent for review with your initial payment.
Monthly Accelerator Fee
Following the execution of the agreement, Acquira proceeds with the off-market deal search on your behalf, and coaching calls take place. For these Acquisition Services, there is a $3,000/month fee (you will not be automatically re-billed every month), still considered part of the Accelerator Fee.
This money helps cover our costs while providing you with an active incentive to use the resources and make progress sooner rather than later. Typically this part of the process will take place over the course of 6 months, but it could take you less (or more) time. You can also terminate the agreement at any time.
To get started with the program, you can submit your $5,000 payment for Phase One using the link below.
Acquira charges a Service Fee of $150,000 at the end of Phase One and before the start of Phase 2, which is the Integration of the business you just acquired. The total of the Accelerator Fee above mentioned will be credited towards the Service Fee, which is due at the close of the acquisition. The Service Fee can be financed through a business loan.
For example, if you paid the $5,000 initial fee and it took 6 months of Acquisition Services, you paid a total Accelerator Fee of $23,000 and it will be deducted from the $150,000 Service Fee, so the remaining payment would be $127,000.
Keep in mind that the Service Fee plus a Warrant, cover the cost of the Integration Services performed by an Acquira certified ACE Integration Team, which takes 6-9 months to implement, starting at least 3 months after the acquisition is completed.
The Warrant is Acquira's right, but not the obligation, to acquire the business from you at a pre-determined price, higher than the original acquisition. This shortens for you even further the cycle to cash out, provides a possible exit strategy, possibly saves a sale-side exit fee (business brokers charge up to 10% to sellers), and provides a great incentive for you to manage the business to increase its profitability and its valuation.
Acquira certainly offers an attractive full business investment cycle: acquisition + integration + divestment, all in one stop. But hey, at the same time, Acquira is looking only for the best partners. Are you a great leader and a top-performing Acquisition Entrepreneur?
What if I don’t find a deal? Does Acquira refund any money?
No. If you don’t find a deal then we both lose. It takes a lot of time, money, and resources to conduct off-market sourcing and create our training materials.
What makes someone a good fit for the Accelerator?
- You want to get a deal done, and value the opportunity cost (closing a deal 6 months faster also means 250-500k more earnings this year)
- You're willing to put in the work. You will have more aggressive timelines than being self-paced, and you should be comfortable with that.
- You're willing to collaborate. The Accelerator is cohort based, and accountability and teamwork help the entire group get better deals done, faster.
Does Acquira provide a lawyer or accountant to look over my deal?
We provide access to our list of trusted vendors. Any payment for their services will have to be negotiated with them directly.
How long does it take to find a business?
Through the Accelerator Program, the goal is to find a business for you within seven months of beginning the program. That is about half the time it takes through traditional business searching methods.
What is included in the coaching calls?
Watch this interview with Acquira Success Coach and Director of M&A Daniel Elizondo to learn more about that.