Our Investment Framework Post-COVID-19

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From taking all aspects of our accelerators digital (including our Demo Day) to rethinking the opportunities of the future, we’ve taken this moment to analyze what innovations can come from this time and new opportunities that arise from our changing environment.

The Value of the 500 Seed Accelerator in 2019

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It’s been a crazy journey for us from a small first batch of startups in our Silicon Valley Accelerator to running accelerators across the globe and investing in founders from over 76 countries. Going into 2020, 500 will be entering it’s tenth year of operation.

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Six Reasons We Love Investing in Founders in Small Cities

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You face a lot of challenges—anything from your commute time, to finding great talent, to landing big investments, to connecting with your target customers (fashion and beauty companies come to mind, for instance). Staying in business in a small city or an emerging market can be truly difficult, so what if you invest in a company that doesn’t make it? When a company raises another round of financing, it comes at a higher valuation than when we invested in it.

The Continued Importance of Accelerators

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Accelerators have been around for almost fifteen years now. The reason for that success is, in many ways, due to what accelerators offer every startup that works with them: A Community of startup peers to grow your company alongside. Coaching from both the accelerator managers and guest mentors. This is why, as we think about the next few months and years, accelerators are more important than ever. and you can also see a full list of GAN Accelerators at gan.co.

Why the Accelerator Model is Broken—and how 500 Startups is Fixing it

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When I moved to San Francisco in 2012, I was working on my fourth startup and looking to join an accelerator. The post Why the Accelerator Model is Broken—and how 500 Startups is Fixing it appeared first on 500 Startups. No one would’ve envisioned me as a venture capitalist.

Share the mindset of success in EO Accelerator

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Emma Allen is active in the Charlotte, NC chapter of EO Accelerator , which empowers first-stage entrepreneurs with the tools, community and accountability necessary to catapult their business to the next level.

Y Combinator will now invest $500,000 in accelerator companies

TechCrunch

Startup accelerator Y Combinator announced this morning that it has updated its terms, providing participating companies with more total cash. The group will now invest $500,000 in batch startups.

Four Questions Founders Should Ask Before Joining an Accelerator

GAN

Every year, some 30,000+ startups vie for just 1,300 spots at GAN Accelerators. Success rates for startups after they graduate from a GAN Accelerator are pretty impressive, too—more than 80% continue to be in business today.

Google’s Africa Investment Fund makes first investment in Uganda’s SafeBoda

TechCrunch

Internet giant Google announced today that it has made the first investment from its Africa Investment Fund in Ugandan super app SafeBoda. Before launching the fund, Google proved helpful in startups’ journeys via its Google for Startups Accelerator Africa program.

iMCI managed investment funds

Innovation 2 Enterprise

OCAST TBFP has made 151 investments in 139 companies totaling $12.95 A state-funded investment fund that provides concept, seed and start-up equity investments to Oklahoma-based, innovative businesses. OSCF has closed 82 investments totaling $31 million in 44 companies.

RVI, Launch413, Innovation Accelerator – Growing and Thriving

Paul G. Silva

Launch413 (the post-accelerator) – We’ve invested in 13 companies in just under 3 years, expanded our team of kick-ass Venture Advisors, and are starting to see some real results from our top companies. Innovation Accelerator (helping mature nonprofits create for-profit spinouts that help fund the parent org) – Is about to graduate our 5th cohort! A HUGE thank you to my co-founders: Rick Play w/ Launch413 & Kelly Minton w/ Innovation Accelerator.

What Accelerators Look Like in 2019

GAN

Each year, GAN asks the accelerators in our community hundreds of questions on their programs with one goal in mind—to gather concrete insights into the state of the accelerator industry as it stands in any particular year. Responses from our yearly survey culminate in a giant data report available to any accelerator from the community that provided us with their data. Applying to Accelerators in 2019. On average, accelerators receive 594 applications for just 9.6

Next Level Entrepreneurship: Investing in a New Generation of Startups

Entrepreneurs' Organization

We brought together the best of all worlds: Conscious customers invested in uplifting the underprivileged, a low-cost and motivated rural workforce, and passionate leaders in urban communities who nurture and grow global opportunities,” Ravi explained in a 2018 interview published on Inc. The EO Accelerator program is the catalyst that enables first-stage entrepreneurs to catapult their business to the next level.

We Built a More Inclusive Accelerator—Here’s What We Learned

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Accelerator programs—one of the best tools we have to increase a startup’s survival rate—are limited in solutions provided, in ambition rewarded, and even more limited in regards to the founders who participate. New research demonstrated that accelerator programs actually made funding gaps worse between men and women founders. Here’s one way to start – throw out the accelerator playbook. Investing in customization is worth it. Guest Blog by Lunar Startups.

AWS launches new $30M accelerator program aimed at minority founders

TechCrunch

Amazon Web Services (AWS) today launched a new program, AWS Impact Accelerator , that will give up to $30 million to early-stage startups led by Black, Latino, LGBTQIA+ and women founders. of total venture capital invested, according to Crunchbase.

African Startups Raising Investment to Further Drive Economic and Social Impact

Impact Hub

Dobiison is accelerating the adoption and commercialization of virtual reality in Ghana. Stay tuned to find out more about the final investment event , which will be held be held from March 8 to 11.

From ideation to accolades in 10 months: An EO Accelerator’s successful pivot

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Annie Cheng is active in the Seattle chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) ‘s Accelerator programme, which empowers entrepreneurs with the tools, community and accountability necessary to aggressively grow their businesses. Why did you join EO Accelerator?

TechCrunch: Where top VCs are investing in construction robotics

Dream It

Matt Murphy and Grace Ge, Menlo Ventures Which trends are you most excited about in construction robotics from an investing perspective? We are active in construction with investments such as HOVER and Fieldwire and believe the entire sector is right for a digital and automation overhaul.

Oklahoma, we must preserve state’s R&D investment

Innovation 2 Enterprise

We must preserve, expand even, our state’s investment in research and development. The state recently appropriated $15 million to be matched by local funds to create three entrepreneurial accelerators — one in Oklahoma City, one in Tulsa, and a third to serve rural Oklahoma. It is great to see the state direct investment toward the entrepreneurial potential of our state. The post Oklahoma, we must preserve state’s R&D investment appeared first on i2E.

Want to Build Employee Engagement? Invest in Your People Holistically.

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Robert Glazer is a member of EO Boston and the CEO of Acceleration Partners , a leading independent affiliate management agency with 160 employees. Glazer has established himself as a leader who invests in his team and in the culture of his organization. . His company, Acceleration Partners, was honored with Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award , recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2019. Acceleration Partners has grown 20 times larger in the eight years since.

Why every VC should spend a month with an accelerator

TechCrunch

However, I believe that accelerators can be the glue bringing the two together. I’ve participated in a number of accelerators, including Disney and Techstars, and these programs gave me a noticeable advantage when I stepped into VC. Accelerators are hubs for diversity.

RVI’s New Model 1 year in: 3x the members, 2x the investments, more diversification

Paul G. Silva

Invested in nearly twice as many companies in 2020 than in any prior year in our 18 year history. If you aren’t familiar with the River Valley Investors (RVI), we connect angels to strong startups who have already secured an angel group or venture fund to lead the round, share their due diligence, and help guide the company post-investment. Innovation AcceleratorOne year ago the angel group I have the honor to lead pivoted to a substantially different model.

What Future for Accelerators?

Both Sides of the Table

Accelerators have had quite a good run the past 5+ years. Not just Y Combinator and TechStars but a host of other accelerators across the country. There were a lot of requests for us to turn our mentorship program into a physical accelerator with a fund, office space and full-time staff. By this time many accelerators were being created nationally and a few were getting off the grounds in LA, too. None of us was convinced the market really needed 5 accelerators.

Newsletter: SoftBank invests $25M in OurCrowd

OurCrowd

Top investment opportunities. SoftBank to invest $25M in OurCrowd. SoftBank to invest $25M in OurCrowd. Softbank has been investing ahead of major technology trends for over 40 years and we believe there is huge, embedded potential in the private markets ecosystem.

US seed-stage investing flourished during pandemic

TechCrunch

TechCrunch explored what happened in seed investing to uncover what was missed amidst the storm and fury of late-stage startup activity. Startups TC Venture Capital accelerator COVID-19 early stage pandemic pre-seed Seed

Why I Angel Invest

Angel Capital Association

I’m sharing my thought process because perhaps it will nudge some of you to angel invest too! I consider myself a furiously curious person, and angel investing is one of the most rewarding ways I’ve experienced to satisfy this curiosity.

A Weird and Wacky Approach To Angel Investing

OnStartups

An Odd Start To My Angel Investing. So I thought of an idea: Why not invest in startups? Angel investing is like having a niece or nephew. I then wrote a seed round investment check of $500,000 to HubSpot. This was unfortunate, because I liked angel investing.

Accelerators And Seed Deal Flow

Haystack

And one of the sources of that flow are the new accelerators (I’m lumping incubators, accelerators, etc. Before we dive into this, let me say (1) I know a lot of people personally who run these accelerators and consider them friends (and darn good people); and (2) I know there will be a bunch of founders who will say “Hey, well, I met some great investors this way, so it can work.” Investing in resources to help founders hone this skill would be valuable.

500 Around the World: Takeaways from the Sberbank-500 Accelerator

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If 500 has learned one thing from investing in over 75 countries, it’s the importance of placing bets in all the right founders and helping build ecosystems for them to thrive in. Last year, 500 partnered with Sberbank—Russia’s largest bank and a leading global financial institution—to launch an accelerator in Moscow, bridging the gap in knowledge and social capital between Silicon Valley and Russia.

ACT Tulsa welcomes Cohort II into accelerator

Innovation 2 Enterprise

ACT Tulsa Invests $1.2 The Tulsa-based accelerator launches Cohort II with eight tech-enabled startups. Powered by their partners, the Tulsa-based accelerator has. now invested $1.2 The money and resources help accelerate progress, but the contacts and networking.

RVI’s New Model 9 Months in: 2x members, more investments, more diversification

Paul G. Silva

We’re investing in more deals than we’ve ever invested in before. If you aren’t familiar with the River Valley Investors (RVI), we are a network of successful business executives and entrepreneurs who invest in exciting startups. RVI members then leverage each other’s expertise and networks to vet the opportunities and come to a decision in just a few short hours of work, then co-invest to secure optimal terms. Innovation Accelerator

Porsche and Axel Springer increase investment into their APX accelerator to €55M

TechCrunch

Berlin-based early-stage fund APX today announced that its two investors, European publisher Axel Springer and sports car maker Porsche , have increased their investment in the fund to a total of €55 million. ” The idea here is to be able to invest quickly.

The Four Cities Every Startup Should Invest in Visiting

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Boulder is quickly becoming a startup mecca on par with Silicon Valley — largely due to the Techstars accelerator, which has cultivated the city’s startup ecosystem. The Country Music Association started a music-tech accelerator, but the city is also the healthcare hub of America.

Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

Both Sides of the Table

I started in 2007 with a thesis that my primary investment decision would be about the team (70%) and only afterward about the market opportunity (30%). Today we’re in a world where 10 accelerators are bombarding you with emails to meet their 10-15 companies. But they are also a tax on your time with portfolio companies, looking for new investments, running your shop and honestly they are a tax on your family life.

Our Latest Investment: Bringing AI to Professional Service Firms

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Today, we are pleased to announce our seed investment in Anduin , a software company improving invoicing, accelerating collections, and modernizing payments for owners and executives in professional services, such as accounting.