‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, an Acceleprise Rendition

To our founders, investors, mentors, advisors, and everyone in between, we’re closing out 2017 with a bang! This past year was one marked by incredible growth for Acceleprise and more importantly, our portfolio companies. As many of you know, we welcomed and graduated Cohort 6 and Cohort 7 in San Francisco, closed our 2nd fund, expanded to NYC (shout out to Work-Bench!) and Melbourne, and added Whitney, Nina, Rohit, Adir, and Matt to the Acceleprise family. Since launching almost 4 years ago, our portfolio has raised over $60M in follow on funding and created 250 new jobs, with companies spanning across

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Acceleprise Raises Second Fund And Expands to NYC and Melbourne

The B2B SaaS focused accelerator takes on $7M to further support SaaS startups globally NEW YORK, NY — December 6, 2017 — Acceleprise, the B2B SaaS focused accelerator based in San Francisco, has raised $7M for their 2nd fund and is expanding to New York City and Melbourne. Applications for all three locations are now open. To support the New York and Melbourne expansion, Acceleprise has added a new Advisory Board member from each ecosystem. Matt Straz, CEO of Namely, will be joining in NYC and Adir Shiffman, Executive Chairman of Catapult Sports, in Melbourne. Both have successfully built large

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Acceleprise is Growing! Adding New York City and Melbourne to the Team

We have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season! Starting with our growing roster of founders and mentors and ending with the expansion of Acceleprise in both New York City and Melbourne. Over the last 4 years we’ve built a thriving and successful community of founders, mentors, and advisors in San Francisco. Now we’re ready to take Acceleprise to the east coast and beyond. Today, we’re excited to open applications for both New York City and Melbourne, which will close on February 11th. If you’re a B2B SaaS founder in the early stages of building your company and

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Announcing Cohort 7

Announcing our 7th San Francisco Cohort! We are excited to announce the ten companies in our 7th San Francisco Cohort, which started in July and will culminate with our Demo Day on November 2nd in San Francisco (you can watch the past Demo Day here). The companies of our 7th Cohort span across eCommerce, HR tools, hospitality, fintech, marketplaces, deep learning, and more. Additionally, we are excited to officially announce that we have added Whitney Sales as a new General Partner in our 2nd fund and Program Director for Acceleprise. Prior to joining the team, Whitney was a 4x VP

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Announcing our 4th cohort in San Francisco

Time flies when you’re having fun! It seems like yesterday that we launched our 1st cohort in SF and now we recently kicked things off with our 4th cohort. Below is more information on the companies in our 4th cohort, which will run until the end of May.  Three of the companies in this cohort are from the Bay Area, the rest are from Cincinnati, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C. and India, representing a geographically diverse group.  We are excited to be working with these 8 teams!  Baloonr makes it possible to anonymously surface and prioritize information from any group. Their app removes

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The Right Time & What to look for in Your First Salesperson

Hiring your first salesperson is a momentous point in any startup’s life. It’s also a decision filled with big decisions. In my role at Acceleprise, I get asked this question a lot by early stage founders. Hire too quickly? You’re plowing money into an employee who’s destined to fail. Hire too slow? You’ve wasted time while your competitors are scaling quickly. Timing is Everything When your company is early, generally the first handful of customers should be closed by you, the founder. You are the chief salesperson. It’s your responsibility to know what’s working and what isn’t. These initial meetings will help

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Changing initial investment from $30K to $50K and opening applications for Cohort 4

We are excited to open applications for Cohort 4, which will start in January 2016, and have decided to change our initial investment from $30K for 5% to $50K for 5% moving forward.  We made this change for a couple of reasons: Many of the companies we end up investing in have 3+ people on the team and $30K is often not enough to cover expenses during the 4 month program, especially with cost of living so high in San Francisco. It allows companies at this early stage to spend a little bit less time fundraising, which means they have that much more time

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Announcing Cohort 3 in San Francisco

After launching Acceleprise SF last summer and announcing our first fund earlier this year, we are excited to announce our 3rd cohort of companies in San Francisco.  From the 1st cohort to this one, we have seen applications increase by 2.5 times and have been even more selective, only accepting about 3 percent of the companies that applied for cohort 3.  As we continue to build our brand and network in San Francisco and as opportunies for SaaS based businesses continue to grow, we are seeing a stronger demand from SaaS entreprenuers who are looking for a more focused and hands

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