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Beyond Teams Up with Cincinnati Business Accelerator


by Tessa Landrum, Student Public Relations Writer

Kyle Peterson, deputy director of the Beyond Startup Accelerator, at a virtual Pitch event spring 2020The Beyond Accelerator Program at Cedarville University is partnering with Ocean, an accelerator based in Cincinnati, Ohio, to provide Christian entrepreneurs with resources to successfully establish their own businesses.

Kyle Peterson, deputy director of entrepreneurship for the Beyond Accelerator at Cedarville, believes the new program will provide a transformative experience for business founders.

“The Business Accelerator powered by Ocean is a 16-week program designed to combine professional curriculum with rich mentorship to help founders build venture-backable, high-tech startups rooted in a kingdom focus,” said Peterson.

According to Peterson, the demand for entrepreneurship at Cedarville is outpacing campus resources. And though the accelerator has a network of investors ready to support Christian founders, the partnership program with Ocean will provide students and alumni with even more opportunities to scale and fund their businesses.

Participants will have access to remote learning resources and three in-person retreats during the 16-week program. They will also receive a $50,000 investment from the Beyond Fund.

“Over the years Ocean has been recognized globally and nationally by significant business organizations and publications,” said Peterson. “It makes sense to partner with them to provide our alumni and network of friends this unique, life-changing experience.”

The program will launch in May. Business owners can begin the process of applying by filling out the interest form on the Beyond Accelerator website.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,550 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including its M.B.A. in Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit