WE ARE A SEED STAGE ACCELERATOR
What is AngelPad?
AngelPad is a seed-stage accelerator program based in NYC and San Francisco. Since 2010 we have launched more than 130 companies. Every 6 months we select about 15 teams from a huge pool of applicants (usually around 2000) to work with us.
While other accelerators have decided to “scale” and take on more and more companies or launch more and more cities, we have stayed true to our original goal: Find awesome companies with founders we like to work with and spend three very intense months with them. This focus has paid off, we have risen to be the #1 Accelerator in the U.S. (based on a real study from MIT/Brown University) and Strictly VC called us the “Anti-Y Combinator“.
During the program, we work on everything from finding product market fit, defining a target market to getting first validation for the company. We are also instrumental in helping companies prepare for fundraising and of course for investor meetings.
The sheer progress a startup makes in 12 weeks of AngelPad is nothing short of stunning.
AngelPad has become one of the most reliable hit machines in Silicon Valley. And it’s done it largely by operating as a kind of anti-Y Combinator, even while the famed incubator was its inspiration.
THE SEED ACCELERATOR RANKINGS PROJECT
Ranked #1 U.S. Accelerator
MIT, Brown University and the University of Richmond evaluate over 160 U.S. Accelerators every year to determine the top performing programs. The Seed Accelerator Rankings Project is the only quantitative study of Accelerators performance. AngelPad has been ranked Number 1 and in the Top Tier every year since 2015.
Yael Hochberg, Rice University & MIT Sloan
“Angelpad’s rise to the top is rooted in extremely high satisfaction of its graduates, high valuations for its portfolio companies and fundraising success”
Susan Cohen, University of Richmond
“With small cohorts and the attention AngelPad dedicates to each startup, they are in a class of their own”
IN SHORT: EVERYTHING TO BE SUCCESSFUL
What we do at AngelPad
Let’s face it, building a company is hard, especially the first year when there are limited resources, no or little support, and frankly all you have is you (maybe a co-founder) and the belief that you can do great things. That’s when we come in – we are always the first investor in companies, but more importantly, we are there for you: in our offices, together with you, figuring stuff out.
Mentorship is at the core of AngelPad, we work side-by-side with founders to come up with the best, biggest and most disruptive companies.
Working, not just alongside us, but with the other startup founders at AngelPad will become the foundation of your support system. Being a founder can be very lonely, few people understand what you go through – no matter if you struggle by yourself or manage hundreds of people.
Having gone through the same experience, you will form a close bond with all AngelPad Alumni.
Starting a company costs money and we don’t want you to worry while you are at AngelPad. We provide funding for each company that enters AngelPad. Not a lot, but enough to get through the first year. By then you likely have probably “proper” funding.
Getting funded is a key component of startups success and a core focus at AngelPad. To build a meaningful, eventually very large and profitable company, you need access to capital.
We know most investors. We know what they invest in and what gets them excited. Investors know us and the quality of companies coming out of AngelPad. Being an AngelPad company opens many doors.
130 Startups - 288 Founders - $880M in Funding
You'll be in good company
With over 130 companies in our portfolio, AngelPad startups can be found in almost any tech vertical: SaaS, Marketplaces, Core Technology, Advertising, API, Mobile, Healthcare, AI, Data, B2B, B2C – even Drones. They all have one thing in common: they tackle big problems in big markets and aim to build very big companies. Most of them are based in San Francisco and New York, but many come from all over the US and beyond to join AngelPad.
ALUMNI IN THEIR WORDS ABOUT ANGELPAD
"Your Success is Our Success"
We have one simple motto “Your Success is Our Success – it’s simple: Everything we do has the single goal of making our founders and startups successful. If they succeed, we succeed – if they make money, we make money. We are 100% aligned with our Founders, we even own the same class of shares than them (unlike financial investors like VCs).
Astronomer (AngelPad #8)
AngelPad was a game-changing experience for us. I will always proudly wear the badge of having gone through the program.
Tapfwd (AngelPad #7)
I could write a book about all of the things I learned from Thomas.
AngelPad was one of the best experiences of my life, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
Mammoth (AngelPad #9)
AngelPad was the best thing that could have possibly happened to myself and Mammoth. The value I gained far surpassed what I could have hoped.
The main difference—face-time with an amazing cohort of founders and two awesome mentors.
Buffer (AngelPad #4)
Getting into AngelPad was simply one of the most incredible moments of my life and I remember a real feeling of elation.
AngelPad proved to be a significant part of the Buffer journey, and enabled us to get some amazing advisors and investors.
We accept less than 1% of applications to join AngelPad, do you have what it takes?
THIS IS WHO WE ARE
We Are Family - Literately
AngelPad is Thomas Korte and Carine Magescas, a husband-and-wife founder team, who met working at – what else – a Startup back in 2001 in San Francisco.
Carine founded an e-commerce Startup back in 2003, the MOMA New York was one of many clients. Before she led teams in Product Management and Marketing, Strategic Partnerships and Client Success at several pre-IPO startups in France and Silicon Valley. In 2017 Carine was nominated “Angel Investor of the Year” at TechCrunch’s 10th Annual Crunchies Awards.
Thomas joined Google’s Product Team when it was just 7 people. He was responsible for all the Google Product Launches in Europe dating back to 2002. He spent 7 years at Headquarters and was at the origin of Adwords, Google Maps and Google Shopping. Thomas is the author of two patents which are still a crucial part of Google search ranking and ads monetization products.
If you join AngelPad you will work with us, in our office, every day – but you will also meet some of the best people of Silicon Valley: Investors, Advisors, Founders – like them, you will become part of the fabric of Silicon Valley.
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
Apply To Join AngelPad
Anyone from anywhere can apply to AngelPad. We ask you to submit information about your business and the founding team. Carine and Thomas review every application, if we like what we see, we’ll interview the founders in-person. The acceptance rate is low, very low, less than 1%, but if you think you have what it takes … we want to hear from you.
The late-application deadline for AngelPad Spring 2018 is on Sunday, March 4th 2018. The cohort starts in mid-April.
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