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Startup accelerator asks for auditing the solution and code source access

Mohamed Ez-zarghili

August 27th, 2018

We are working on a big solution (from mars 2018), me and my partner.

I am the CTO and I do architecture and development of the solution

the solution is micro-services based with some 8 services coordinated to to work together (container based).

I do most of the dev with some help from my partner in the frontend part (moquettes, small changes...).

The code bases of these micro-services is mainly derived from the code source of my other project (3 years of work).

Now we are planning to access an accelerator program and my partner just informed me today that the accelerator what to audit the solution and have access to our management/codebase platform.


Is this something normal? do accelerators have this requirement ? to my best knowledge is that I we need to give the accelerator access to the actual product so they can use it and see if it fits their program.


any advices or information is welcome

thank you in advance

William M. Digital Retention Lead | CX Empathy Strategists | Copywriter

August 27th, 2018

Patent/legally protect your source code as intellectual property. This way you're well protected if it's ever shared without your consent or knolwdge. It will help you rest easy.


Now, is it something that's done in AcX programs? Yeah. It's actually a lot more common than you might think. At this stage (and in the eyes of the program) your code is the MVP.

Dane Madsen Organizational and Operational Strategy Consultant

August 28th, 2018

This seems a little unusual. Unless the accelerator has an equity interest, either by a PIK or direct investment, they are not "entitled" to any proprietary information, especially IP. In my exposure to nearly 100 accelerators with or for clients in the US, this has never been requested.

Mohamed Ez-zarghili

August 27th, 2018

Thanks Willis for the feedback, I think it's not up to the AcX program to label code as MVP, as in our case the solution is in prod and used by some clients.


I just got a feedback from an other AcX (the founder) who confirmed that the most an AcX will ask for is access to the product (like any end user) and maybe show them some specific technical stuff (without sharing via email or otherwise).


to give more context to my question, the actual request was to get access to the management platform and all codebases which also contain production configs and will allow them to get to client data which from legal aspects is not something we can do.


So this being a lot more common than I think is bit strange to me, I looked up everywhere to see if there are any similar cases but couldn't find any infos.

Senthil Kumar CTO & Co Founder of Beauty Connect Inc

August 27th, 2018

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