Acceleprise NYC Cohort 1 Demo Day – The Concrete Jungle Prevails

We came, we saw, and we’re conquering! Acceleprise wraps Cohort 1 in New York City. In March, Acceleprise kicked off our first program outside of San Francisco, here in New York City. We backed 6 companies in our inaugural cohort who span a wide range of industries including cryptocurrency mining, sales intelligence tools, AI enabled surveying software, executive coaching as a service, student lending, and corporate real estate portfolio intelligence and management. We searched far and wide for exceptional founders building valuable and often, disruptive businesses. We planned to make noise in the concrete jungle and we did just that.

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Coasts Colliding! Acceleprise SF and NYC Unite for an Epic Demo Day

Meet the founders of Acceleprise SF Cohort 9 and our inaugural NYC Cohort 1! The monumental achievements of our founders and the Acceleprise team this year are beyond exciting. Last Thursday, our General Partner and Managing Director, Mike Cardamone, reminded a packed crowd that in the last 6 months, Nina Stepanov (that’s me) joined our East Coast team, Matt Straz became an advisor, Acceleprise expanded to the East Coast by way of New York City, and leaped overseas to Melbourne, Australia (launching Summer 2018). Read more on all that here. Mike teased at what’s to come for our growing organization and

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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 Cohort 6

Announcing the SF Enterprise Software Companies from Cohort 6! 2017 is already shaping up to be a great year for SaaS Enterprise Software companies. At the high end, the recent IPOs of Mulesoft, Okta, Cloudera, and others have shown the market is hungry for enterprise software. For younger companies, the explosion of micro VCs and rebound from the venture slump of 2016 has delivered more opportunities (and more emphasis on real traction). SaaS companies are growing faster than ever and the markets keep getting bigger. We are excited to announce the eight companies in our 6th San Francisco Cohort, which started

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How To Measure Sales Team Success, Test New Pricing, and Build Culture From Day 1

I got the chance recently to speak on the renowned SaaStr podcast. Host Harry Stebbings and I addressed my biggest learnings from my time at Box and with five cohorts of SaaS startups. On the SaaStr Podcast Harry asked a number of interesting questions, like: How did Michael make his way into the world of SaaS and then start Acceleprise in SF? How can founders know when is the right time to ship product? Does Michael agree with Reid Hoffman, ‘if you are not embarrassed by your V1, it is too late’? How should startups look to establish a pricing mechanism at

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Announcing Cohort 5

We are happy to announce the 8 companies of our 5th Cohort, who span a number of exciting verticals and high growth areas. We welcome these companies from California, NYC, London, Manila, and elsewhere – our most geographically diverse group to date.  They will spend the next few months hustling, iterating, and growing their businesses with Acceleprise. We are excited to be working closely with all of them! For those who missed the Cohort 4 Demo Day, you can watch recordings of their presentations here. If you would like to get in touch with any of the companies, reach out to

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