One of the key challenges for accelerator programmes is consistently connecting entrepreneurial start ups with seed capital. Drawing on our experience in equity raising, we believe that applying professional broking resources to the startup market will create a more efficient process for early stage entrepreneurs. Working with carefully selected, best of breed accelerators we select, and source follow on investment for, their best accelerated start ups. We have invested in this early stage investment broking process to ensure its success, with key hires from the angel and VC community.
The Accelerator Funding Network selects high quality startups and entrepreneurs for post-acceleration funding support from carefully chosen accelerators. The Accelerator Funding Network takes full responsibility for organizing and running the ‘post-acceleration’ funding program. It provides sufficient resource in the form of investment data, appropriately qualified staff and senior level supervision of all stages of the investment process. It ensures all necessary regulatory approval and protocols are followed.
It maintains a live database of active early stage investors and actively resource increasing the data held, to benefit the startups it works with, through event attendance, marketing and PR activity.
The selection process for companies we chose to work with is critical to the investment success ratio. We agree with partner accelerators consistent exit criteria and ensure thorough preparation for this additional post-accelerator support.
We then provide advice and offer ongoing investment match making support to selected businesses. This will include:
– Advice on crowdfunding, SEIS, angels and seed funds
– Investor readiness workshops
– Document support
– Investor events and 1:1 matchmaking
– Support through to completion
We have not yet failed to raise equity finance for every accelerated start up that we have provided this service to since its launch in 2013.