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Evernote unveils autumn Accelerator programme for developers

This autumn, Evernote will open its doors to a handful of developers for a one-month residency at its Redwood City, California headquarters.

Six teams of developers, selected from the winners of the 2013 Devcup competition, will participate in October's Evernote Accelerator class — an intensive programme that includes a startup curriculum, workshops with Evernote engineers and designers, sessions with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, and team-building experiences.

The accelerator program will mark the culmination of Evernote's 2013 developer programme activities, which began last month at SXSW, and continues with the Evernote Devcup, currently open through 29 June to developers working with the Evernote API to build new software.

"This year, in addition to awarding Devcup winners cash prizes and trips to San Francisco (for our third annual Evernote Conference), we will invite some of the best winning teams to our Accelerator program," Evernote's Rafe Needleman said in a blog post.

Those lucky enough to be invited to the month-long programme, which runs from 21 October to 15 November, will work alongside Evernote employees, under a structured curriculum aimed at boosting startups' existing projects to the business-ready level.

Additionally, "Evernote's friends and partners" will host sessions on topics like crowdfunding, hiring, working with mobile carriers, architecting for multiple platforms, and pitching, Needleman explained.

"The Accelerator programme will be intense," Needleman said. "But that also means four weekends, and we'll have great activities to help the teams recharge and get some perspective while they're working on their projects."

The catch? There is none. Evernote promised that it will serve as a zero-equity partner, supporting Accelerator projects via promotion. Travel, housing, and office space will be provided for the participating entrepreneurs, as well as access to Evernote's "legendary" lunches, and a stipend to cover additional living expenses.

"Once our participants are in the Accelerator, they're part of our family," Needleman said. "We'll look out for them and help them grow."

Want to be one of those participants? Developers need only to become acquainted with the Evernote API and cloud service, build an app that works with the note-taking service, and submit it to the 2013 Devcup competition.

Honda Silicon Valley Lab and DOCOMO Innovation Ventures is sponsoring two of the Accelerator awards — the Honda Innovation Award prize for best enhancements to in-vehicle experience, and DOCOMO Mobile Magic Award, which will go to the best overall mobile product.

Amazon Web Services has also partnered with the programme, offering server credit to participating teams during development.

For a closer look at the Evernote Accelerator programme, as well as the 2013 Devcup, check out the video below.