Today I had an interview with a rep of some local accelerator. She asked me about my project, then told shortly how cool it would be for me if they would accept me - "founders dinners", multiple pitching in front of investors, mentoring, new contacts etc.
At the very end, she mentioned that there is a cost: "just" $2,500. I thanked for the interview and asked about the next step (that I'm not going to make because of the cost) but I had a feeling like being robbed.
I would never even apply for this accelerator if I would know it's not free, but the problem they never mentioned it - their website has only cool stories about their alumni and perks that founder would have. What looks to me at least dishonest.
Or maybe it's normal and I'm just too naive?