accelerator

The first step in your founder journey

This 14-week, virtual-first accelerator will give you the opportunity to work alongside a cohort of exceptional underrepresented founders to build or scale your venture-backed startup.

Applications for our 2022 Cohort have closed.

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Founders Love Visible Hands

Hear from some our our 2021 Accelerator Alumni

People were truly authentic, almost immediately, and continue to be collaborative and giving in a way that I have not experienced in any other program.
Sarah Millar
CEO & Founder at Let's Get Set
To have a community of other founders who look like me, have similar backgrounds, and totally get it without me having to explain my entire journey is such a big game-changer.
Jeff Bussgang
Founder & CEO at The Closed Round
The step-by-step personalized structure of ‘let’s solve a concrete problem in your business’ was the reason why Visible Hands is special and just totally different.
Victoria Bell
CEO & Co-Founder at The Home Dispatch
The caliber of talent that Visible Hands has been able to bring together has been crazy. I’m blown away by who I’m working with and talking with on an almost daily basis.
Victoria Bell
Founder & CEO, rees
I’ve learned so much. No matter what stage we’re at, there is a massive amount of knowledge and expertise that every individual holds in their own domain.
Victoria Bell
Founder and CEO, Beautocracy
I’ve been blown away by the talent in this cohort and I’ve just been really impressed by the support we’ve gotten from the Visible Hands team.
Victoria Bell
Co-Founder, Meru
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Since September 2021, our alumni have raised over $14M (and counting) at the pre-seed or seed stage from top investors, including:

HOW IT WORKS

Build the next big thing with Visible Hands

Whether you are pre-idea or already working on your company, we provide you the investment, resources, and connections needed to hit your startup’s next milestone.

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Receive investment on Day 1

Each founder or company will receive an initial $25,000 pre-seed investment to enable you to work full-time on building your startup. After the program is over, you will have the opportunity to apply for additional funding up to $150,000. You do not need to have an incorporated company going into the program — our team will assist you in setting up the required legal structures to receive this investment. View our terms →

Craft an experience personalized to your needs

We kick-off the accelerator by designing a custom Engagement Plan to ensure that you get the most value out of Visible Hands. Then, you will meet weekly with a dedicated Visible Hands team member to ensure that you are progressing forward and getting the help you need.

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Hands-on Company Building Support

Visible Hands delivers tangible business value by completing projects that help propel your startup forward, ranging from design, brand, marketing, strategy, and even recruitment. Think of us as an extension of your startup team.

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Join a supportive community of underrepresented founders

You will be part of a close-knit cohort of early-stage founders with diverse backgrounds and skillsets. You will walk away from this fellowship with deep connections to founders who will be there for you as you continue forward in your entrepreneurial journey.

Attend expert-led programming

You’ll have access to over a hundred private events throughout the accelerator: fireside chats, tactical workshops, office hours, pitch feedback sessions, and everything in between.

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Leverage our Ecosystem

Whether you are looking to fundraise, hire, or get feedback, we will personally facilitate introductions to our national network of 500+ investors, founders, and industry experts. Our Ecosystem will become your most valuable professional network, even after the fellowship is over.

What else is in store for you

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In-Person Orientation

To kick-off, we bring the cohort together for an amazing week of connection (lodging & travel is covered).

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Founder Perks

You’ll have access to the right tools for your business from leading partners in the startup ecosystem.

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Work From Anywhere

Our program is (mostly) virtual, allowing you to participate from anywhere in the world.

Our 2-Stage Investing Approach

Receive $25k investment upfront
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Each founder or company will receive an initial $25,000 pre-seed investment structured as a post-money SAFE for 2.5% equity. You do not need to have an incorporated company going into the program — our team will assist you in setting up the required legal structures to receive this investment.

This investment aims to provide you with financial stability throughout the 14 weeks. You can use it to help launch your company and pay your living expenses.

Apply for an additional investment of up to $150k
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Our process for the second investment starts in the final weeks of the accelerator where we begin to accept requests for additional funding from our founders. Founders are invited to request up to $150k during this second stage, and we continue to accept and review funding requests on a rolling basis, approximately every 8 weeks, following the conclusion of the program. Visible Hands has the option to invest an additional amount of up to $150,000 post-money SAFE at a $3,000,000 valuation cap. This valuation cap is increased only if a company has closed at least $200k in funding prior to receiving Visible Hands’ participation agreement. In that situation, the valuation cap on the SAFE note can be increased to match the valuation cap on existing terms with the company’s institutional investors.  For such a decision, we also consider other elements of the business such as the strength of the team, customer engagement, product quality, revenue generation, and commercial traction.

As of March 2022, 21 companies from our inaugural cohort have received investments of $100k or greater from Visible Hands.

Meet Our Visionaries

We brought together 50 of the most brilliant entrepreneurial minds. Then, we helped them build impactful companies by providing them with the connections, resources, and investment they needed to grow their startups.

See Our 2021 Cohort

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