Acceleprise was one of the first SaaS focused accelerators in the United States. Originally founded in Washington DC, we expanded to San Francisco in 2014.
Acceleprise was founded in 2012 by Sean Glass, Allen Gannett, and Collin Gutman. The original office, in Washington, DC, was created in response to lack of resources for early stage enterprise technology companies. Acceleprise later expanded in 2014, with a second fund, to San Francisco. Led by Michael Cardamone, a mentor in the original program, Acceleprise recruited three enterprise leaders as general partners: Rowan Trollope, Nick Mehta, and Theron McCollough.
We are helping to build the next generation of great SaaS companies. With our four month program, hands-on mentorship, and network of world-class operators, we act as an extension of our teams and help them prosper. We invite you to join us – together, we will build the future of technology.
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 engage with companies during our 4 month program.
Application and Welcome
From hundreds of applications, we choose 7-10 companies to invest in. We keep the cohort sizes small, so we can be very hands on and really hustle for our companies.
We bring industry leaders with extensive operating experience in to do office hours, round table discussions, and workshops. Our program covers product, sales, marketing, growth hacking, fundraising, legal considerations, partnerships, hiring, and more.
We work closely with each company to identify areas of their business they would like help with and to define their ideal customer profile. We then introduce companies to a broad selection of potential buyers and investors.
Every company has different fundraising needs. We provide individual guidance in fundraising strategy and make introductions to angel and institutional investors.
We strongly encourage founders to work from our office during the program; the past six cohorts have shown that getting to know other early stage SaaS founders is invaluable. That community bond does not end with Demo Day, either. Our goal is to build a world class community for SaaS founders - and we are well on our way to achieving that.