Originally founded in DC, Acceleprise was one of the first SaaS focused accelerators in the country and expanded to San Francisco in 2014.
Originally started in Washington, DC by Sean Glass, Allen Gannett, and Collin Gutman. Acceleprise was founded because there was a lack of resources for early stage enterprise technology companies. After investing in nearly fifty companies, Acceleprise expanded with a second fund to San Francisco led by Michael Cardamone, a mentor in the original program. He recruited three enterprise leaders as partners: Rowan Trollope, Nick Mehta, and Karen Appleton. We believe that by leveraging our extensive network and operating experience, we can help build the next generation of great SaaS companies. We only accept 7-10 companies per cohort, so we can be very hands on and tailor some of the programming to each company. Think of us as an extension of your team in the early days, we hustle to add value and be as helpful as we can in making our portfolio companies successful. We are still in the early innings of cloud software adoption and the opportunities are endless. We are excited by what our companies have accomplished to date and look forward to what the future brings.
Previous Demo Days
In addition to introductions throughout the program, our companies get the opportunity to pitch 100+ SaaS investors at our demo day.
Below is a glimpse into how we typically engage with companies during our 4 month program.
Application and Welcome
We narrow hundreds of applications down to 7-10 companies that we choose to work with and invest in. We keep the cohort sizes small, so we can be very hands on and really hustle for our companies. The MD sits down with each team in the beginning of the program to come up with a plan for how Acceleprise can be the most helpful to them over the next 4 months.
About once a week we bring industry leaders with extensive operating experience in to do office hours, round table discussions, or workshops on topics related to product, sales, marketing, growth hacking, fundraising and more.
Key Introductions to mentors and customers
We work closely with each company to identify areas of their business they would like help with and to define their ideal customer profile. With that information, we comb through our extended network to make introductions to mentors and potential customers, helping our companies iterate and scale quicker than they may otherwise have been able to do on their own.
Every company has different fundraising plans and goals. We help shape that for each company, provide guidance in fundraising strategy and then make introductions to angel investors and seed funds. Many of our companies go on to raise subsequent funding to scale their businesses.
One of our founders put it best, each one of them has different super powers and by leveraging the community, so much knowledge can be shared and connections can be made. We strongly encourage and borderline require founders to work from our office during the program because we believe the value of getting to know the other early stage SaaS founders in the program is invaluable. That community bond does not end with the program either, we stay very much engaged with our founders well after it ends. Our goal is to build a world class community for early stage SaaS founders and we are well on our way to achieving that.