Entrepreneur with experience in Product + Design. NewME Accelerator and General Assembly Alum. Founder at Plisten. Not all who wander are lost...
Depends on the accelerator, but generally speaking within 30 days of the application period closing. Response times/ranges however are typically defined in the details of the application, thats been my experience.
In terms of helping your chances, thats relative and depends on a number of factors. Referrals from alum and/or mentors are always helpful. However, being a 'pre revenue' early stage startup, traction + revenue never hurts :-)
Hope that helps. Let me know if you'd like to chat further.