Targeting 15-20 top Y Combinator Startups in the S15 Batch
The Orange Fund invests in up to 20 top startups in Y Combinator's summer 2015 batch. We have no official relationship with Y Combinator nor any special access to startups; rather, we're alumni of the program. Y Combinator is the Harvard of startup accelerators, often the top choice for the most promising startups.
We've funded 75+ startups over the last two years that increased in valuation over $4 billion since we've invested. We've built products with hundreds of thousands of users. We're alumni of Y Combinator, MIT, & Techstars
Who manages The Orange Fund?
Our fully-owned subsidiary, Wefunder Advisors LLC, manages the fund on your behalf. Wefunder Advisors is an exempt reporting investment advisor.
Why are only 95 investors allowed?
If the Orange Fund has fewer than 95 investors, it's not regulated as a full-fledged mutual fund, which would dramatically increase costs and make the fund impractical as an investment vehicle.
How will you choose the 95 investors?
We place priority on investors who invest high amounts early, but make exceptions for those who can help the portfolio of startups that the Fund invests in. This includes engineers and those with good social networks.
What is the investment horizon?
Startup investments have a very long term horizon. It typically takes 3-7 years for a successful company to have a liquidity event, when it either gets acquired or has an IPO.
When are funds distributed?
We disperse funds to investors when any company in the portfolio has a liquidity event.
Can I withdraw my money?
No. The Orange Fund is not a mutual fund. All capital will be invested in private companies in long-term, illiquid investments.
What are typical valuations and securities?
While there are exceptions, most Y Combinator startups will raise funding with a SAFE at a valuation cap of between $6 to $15 million.
How are valuations and terms set?
The Orange Fund does not set terms, instead following the valuation and terms set by larger angel investors and venture capitalists. Many Y Combinator startups raise between $1 to $2 million for their seed round, so investments made by the Orange Fund will typically be less than 10% of their total fundraise.
Can I see a preview of the Orange Fund agreements?
Orange Fund investors sign the Operating Agreement and Subscription Agreement. The agreements were drafted by Cooley LLP.
Which startups will The Orange Fund invest in?
At least 90% of funds will be investments made in startups from Y Combinator's Summer 2015 class. This is a pool of approximately 100-120 startups. We may invest up to 10% in Y Combinator startups from prior classes. The Orange Fund selects startups based on our investing criteria.
How many investments will be made?
The Orange Fund will make between 15 and 25 investments. The exact number will depend on the quality of the Y Combinator batch.
What is the typical investment size?
The Orange Fund will invest in amounts as low as $25,000 and as high as $200,000 in each startup.
Are you guaranteed to be able to invest in every startup?
No. We need convince the founders to allow us to invest. To get access to the most promising startups, we move fast, write quick checks, and offer help with design and customers. The Orange Fund is also managed by Y Combinator alumni, which gets us in the door. We have a track record of getting access to hot Y Combinator startups, like Zenefits.
Do you have a relationship with Y Combinator?
Wefunder is an alumnus of Y Combinator. However, we do not have a co-investing relationship with Y Combinator or any of their partners. Rather, we're well-networked with founders who are part of Y Combinator since we've attended the program in the past.
When will I be notified of executed investments?
Within a couple weeks of Demo Day, you'll be notified of the selections via e-mail.
How are taxes handled?
We're not allowed to offer tax advice. You'll receive a single K-1 from The Orange Fund each year. Your accountant can offer more specific advice.
Does The Orange Fund accept international investors?
Yes, if legal in your country. You should check with your lawyer and accountant.
Can I make an investment within my IRA?
What updates will I receive?
Once a quarter, we update all investors on the status of the portfolio. Additionally, some startups in the portfolio may choose to send additional investor updates or requests for help to your Wefunder activity feed.
Can I talk to someone on the phone?
Of course! We pride ourselves on customer service. Speak with a Manager of The Orange Fund by scheduling a call at scheduleonce.com/wefunder
I've never invested in a startup. Can I learn more?
Yes. You can check out our FAQ for more information on risks, returns, different securities, and how startup financing works. Or schedule a call with us.
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