In addition to leading institutional seed rounds, NextView is proud to present our fourth accelerator program, designed for the earliest-stage companies in need of right-sized dollars and hands-on mentorship. This accelerator differs from our typical investing in that there is a standardized financial structure, a specialized engagement model, and a set follow-on financing policy. Find out more about our upcoming cohort to determine whether it could be a good fit for you and your company.
Who You Are
- Pre-Seed & Seed stage startup teams who could benefit from capital and engaged, hands-on mentorship from the NextView partnership & extended advisor network.
- Consumer and SaaS B2B companies located anywhere, but should be focused on redesigning the Everyday Economy within the U.S. market.
- “Alumni Pod” track for folks who have worked together or studied together and are interested in solving a specific problem they are passionate about. For this particular track, applicants need not apply with a fully baked business model.
Who We Are
Everyone in the NextView partnership has deep operating experience as founders and operators scaling high-growth internet companies (e.g. LinkedIn, PayPal, eBay, Blue Apron). Being hands-on investors is part of our core. Check out our team page to learn more about your future primary and secondary partners.
The culmination of this accelerator program isn’t a demo day or a big show. Instead, the sole goal of the program is results, namely:
- Demonstrably advancing a startup towards true product-market fit
- Further capitalizing the company for success
All startups receive $400K for 10% of the company upon acceptance into the program. We will leverage the standard YC post-money SAFE document with a valuation cap and no discount. There will be 6-8 startup teams in this cohort, which will run from the end of March to the middle of June.
We are bringing a “hybrid” working model to the mix this time around with virtual programming, but IRL kickoff and wrap-up events in NYC and SF, respectively.
The program will kick off the final week of March and wrap mid-June. EXTENSION ALERT: Applications are due February 21st, 2023.
What to Expect When You’re Accelerating
All startups receive $400K for 10% of the company upon acceptance into the program. We will leverage the standard YC post-money SAFE document with a valuation cap and no discount. There will be 6-8 startup teams in this cohort.
Our Brand Promise
We strive to work with all accelerator companies to shape the underlying business, craft the fundraising pitch, and make introductions for new downstream investors until the company is subsequently financed. Participants are empowered to market that we are willing to do at least our pro-rata in the next round.* To avoid signaling issues, we intentionally will not lead the next round of financing for our accelerator participants.
Alumni Pod Track
We’re adding a special track within our program this year, catered to “Alumni Pods” aka folks who have worked together or studied together and were potentially impacted by recent tech layoffs. For this accelerator track, applicants need not apply with a fully baked business. We want to work with folks who A. have worked together or studied together in some capacity, and B. have an interesting idea for a company that they are passionate about beginning to build together. We will reserve at least one spot in our 2023 cohort for a team that falls within these parameters and work even closer with this Alumni Pod(s) to build the future we want to live in. We believe there’s a special kind of magic that happens between people who have collaborated previously, and given the times we’re living in, there’s a solid chance some of these magicians have been impacted by recent layoffs.
We created this program because we recognize that VC investments tend to flow towards founders with established VC relationships, rather than a more diverse set of equally capable entrepreneurs. Additionally, many historical accelerators have shifted from being true pre-seed catalysts to programs that focus on existing traction in order to optimize follow-on funding hit rates. The NextView Everyday Economy Virtual Accelerator will not subscribe to the aforementioned model. Our hyper-focused program provides 6 to 8 teams with high-touch engagement from the NextView partners, as well as our close-knit, industry-leading advisors. We have also planned for “partnerless” time, giving our accelerator teams the space they need to connect with one another.
For more historical, contextual information on NextView’s accelerator program as a whole, check out our original blog post from launch. For frequently asked questions, see below.
Who is NextView Ventures?
NextView is a high-conviction, hands-on seed and pre-seed VC fund. Our approach and pitch to founders can be found here.
What types of companies can apply to the NextView Everyday Economy Virtual Accelerator?
This program is intended for pre-seed and seed-stage companies that are incorporated and targeting customers in North America. Startups that have been operational for less than three years and have previously raised less than $2M of capital will be considered. Companies that have raised more capital or have been around for a longer period are unlikely to qualify, but will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no minimum requirement for product development, revenue, or other traction milestones other than:
- the company must already be incorporated at the time of application (unless you are applying for the Alumni Track)
- the Founders must be working together full-time
What are the terms that a startup agrees to – what is the NextView Virtual Accelerator Program deal?
All startups receive $400K for 10% of the company upon acceptance into the program. We will leverage the standard YC post-money SAFE document with a valuation cap and no discount.
I have applied, now what?
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Invitations for a real-time interview and decisions will also be rolling.
Feel free to submit additional questions to email@example.com with “Accelerator Question – “ in the email title. While we cannot directly answer all inquiries, we will look to post additional answers to additional common questions.
* Of course, we can’t guarantee success. While each participant will receive access to the full compliment of pre-seed support we provide, variations are bound to exist among participants in how that support is utilized and the results it produces. Moreover, we may not be able to find suitable financing for a participant’s next round, and participants should not expect NextView to step into that breach.