We invest $20,000 in founders who learn together over dinner
One could call us a "pre-accelerator". But that's a lame word.
Our inspiration is Y Combinator, circa 2006, when it felt like a family. We think YC is awesome; many of us are alumni. We want to help more founders have that experience.
Our program is an intense sprint: talk to users, build product. Once per week, there's office hours, a family-style dinner, and a fireside chat with guest speakers. We invest $20,000 on an MFN SAFE. We don't charge equity and offer free housing in SF.
This is our back yard where we have weekly dinners!
We run multiple cohorts per year in San Francisco, each with fewer than a dozen early-stage founders. We keep each one small and intimate.
Cohort #2 takes place in SF from Feb 4 to April 25, for startups with at least one immigrant founder.
The Rest of America
We're experimenting scaling out to hundreds of cohorts across America, not just San Francisco. Our goal is to fund 20,000 founders, after all.
Online resources like Startup School are super awesome. Please go watch those videos! However, there is no substitute for face to face meetups with other bad-ass founders - your peers - who inspire you to get better. We are the average of who we surround ourselves with, in the real-world.
We're actively looking for experienced founders who can lead these cohorts in other cities. In the meantime, please apply, and we'll let you know when one is organized near you.
320 startups have raised $115,180,416 on Wefunder
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Wefunder Portal LLC
for 234 startups
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for 98 startups
for 2 startups
Curious how well the companies have done? Or how many raised follow-on financing?
Some fine print: 1) These numbers include startups currently live on Wefunder if they pass their minimum target. 2) Some startups use two different laws at the same time (i.e., Regulation D and Regulation Crowdfunding).
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