Quake is a venture capital fund and startup accelerator with offices in the U.S. and Europe. Our accelerator programs in Austin, Los Angeles, and New York City recruit teams from all around the world, and our newest facility in Cologne, Germany was formed with leading European partners including Deutsche Telekom and RTL.
As a team, we look to build startup ecosystems and enhance innovation across multiple industry verticals and geographies. We have a strong affinity for AdTech, AgTech, AR / VR, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cellular Communications (5G), Computer Vision, Cybersecurity, Energy, Esports, Healthtech, Infrastructure, SaaS, Social Media, Logistics, Machine Learning, Manufacturing, Marketplaces, MedTech, Robotics, and Transportation. We serve all geographies, but we often seek value in underserved areas.
Our goal is to merge investment capital with intense hands-on training and leadership development. By building the right ecosystems we can rapidly accelerate pre-seed and seed stage companies, often producing 9 to 12 months’ worth of growth over the course of a three month accelerator program. In terms of what we look for - we focus heavily on traction (50%), team (30%) and market opportunity (20%).
Over the last three years, we’ve worked with over 350 early stage founders to develop a repeatable process and curriculum that has greatly improved both the overall value and survival rates of over 150 startups. We target teams with untapped potential, sourcing many of our startups from underserved regions, often in smaller cities and rural locations. We help our teams with planning, implementation, sales, development and fundraising, and we routinely connect them with both customers and investors from other regions and areas of influence.
Quake and our corporate partners typically invest $100k to $150k in each team that comes through the accelerator program. The accelerator acts as continued due diligence for our investor community as well as our Limited Partners who often participate in follow on investments. Our goal is to get teams ready to raise institutional capital so they can scale to become market leading companies.
We strive to connect each team with the right mix of advisors, strategic partners and investors. We also offer free and discounted services (please see sponsor page) to help accelerate growth and development.
All Quake investments must participate in our accelerator program and co-locate to one of three geographic locations (NYC, ATX & EU). The goal of this 12-week program is to prepare companies for hyper-growth mode and to raise an institutional round of capital. Quake focuses on reverse engineering your raise. We backtrack the steps that need to be executed in order to help you get to your next round of funding - we do this by making your revenue and operating engine turnkey and ready for growth. Small class sizes ensure that your startup will get the attention and support it needs, and Quake's locations in the heart of four bustling cities on the cutting edge of innovation give your company an impressive advantage when it comes to securing additional investment and becoming a fast-growing, scalable, disruptive business.
• Worked with over 350 Early Stage Founders
• Assisted with three successful exits/acquisitions (so far)
• Our startups have gone on to raise over $90M in venture capital
• Have created over 1,000 new tech-oriented jobs
• Startup failure rate of less than 5%
The power of our selection process is evident in both the performance and the diversity of our portfolio:
• Last year, just over 11% of all venture capital went to startups with at least one female founder, up from 10% in 2018. In contrast, over 37% of our investments have been directed to teams with female founders, and this aligns closely with our applications (35% of all applicants have at least one female founder).
• In addition, 38% of our teams are led by Black, Hispanic, or minority founders, and
• Over 60% of our existing investments have some level of benefit in terms of their overall social impact.
Quake invests $150,000 in exchange for 5-10% equity (post-SAFE). Valuation caps are $1M-$3.5M (some exceptions possible). In addition to investment you receive:
$100k in web hosting credits from Google Cloud
$100k in web hosting credits from Amazon Web Services
Access to Quake resources for life
Acceleration in a 12-week Quake program with intense, hands-on mentorship from Quake Mentors
Connections to the Quake network of founders, alumni and advisors globally
Perks worth over $1M
Office space for three months
Demo Days and other investor connections