Funds $25k per team
Takes 7% equity
Funds 6 startups per year
Markets B2B/Enterprise Consumer Hardware Mobile Software 5 more
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Success isn't gender specific -- and opportunity shouldn't be either. Upstart, powered by JumpFund, an angel fund based in Chattanooga who provide seed investment, mentorship, and connection to resources. Additionally Upstart has a partnership with Rocketfuel, a web design and marketing company which is which is led by their President Lori Brunson who provides mentorship, technical assistance, and access to tech talent, is ranked as one of the nation’s leading accelerators for women-led tech startups.

These resources provided by JumpFund and Rocketfuel are in addition to the resources provided by Start Co. equipping female founders with the skills, confidence, and network to level the entrepreneurial playing field.It emphasizes idea validation, iteration and building an investable story. The program offers mentorship, weekly training sessions, business development, cohort reporting and actionable milestones.

Technical Partners: IBM, Amazon Web Services, PayPal, Twilio, SendGrid
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Success isn't gender specific -- and opportunity shouldn't be either. Upstart, powered by JumpFund, an angel fund based in Chattanooga who provide seed investment, mentorship, and connection to resources. Additionally Upstart has a partnership with Rocketfuel, a web design and marketing company which is which is led by their President Lori Brunson who provides mentorship, technical assistance, and access to tech talent, is ranked as one of the nation’s leading accelerators for women-led tech startups.

These resources provided by JumpFund and Rocketfuel are in addition to the resources provided by Start Co. equipping female founders with the skills, confidence, and network to level the entrepreneurial playing field.It emphasizes idea validation, iteration and building an investable story. The program offers mentorship, weekly training sessions, business development, cohort reporting and actionable milestones.

Technical Partners: IBM, Amazon Web Services, PayPal, Twilio, SendGrid
Business Partners: American Airlines, Baker Donelson (legal), Archer Malmo (brand/marketing), The Marston Group (accounting)
Investment Partners: Jumpfund, Wolf River Angels, Innova, RightSide Capital, Growth X, Lighter Capital, e.ventures

Additionally, startups are introduced to a network of prospective angel investors, service providers, potential first customers and influencers in respective industries. Start Co. graduates have received follow-on financing of $16M since 2011.

Who do we invest in?
- Teams led by women, but may have men as co-founders.
- Founders who are passionate, flexible, coachable, and execution oriented.
- Ideas with high-growth potential, and national or global reach.
- Websites, mobile apps, software, hardware and tech-driven solutions.
- Specifically, we don’t fund brick-and-mortar shops, non-profits, companies that require laboratories and FDA approval, restaurants, consultancies, or small service oriented companies.

Post-Acceleration: Incubation + Support:
Upstart culminates with a Demo Day during which all Start Co. accelerators across various verticals showcase their businesses to hundreds of investors. Graduated startups join our strong network of alumni and continue to set milestones while receiving post-acceleration support for at least another 3 month
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Recommendations

Lexi Sprague CEO at ZoomThru

Mara and Upstart are amazing. When we first entered the program, we had an idea and no real plan for implementation or go to market. We worked hard, broke down every assumption that we had, pivoting many times before demo day. Upstart is the best program for the current investment environment because they will push you to have an investible story, the 6 month implementation and the larger vision of the technology for scale. The 2 other companies in the program with us were led by other strong entrepreneurial women who frankly kick ass. Mara is our fearless leader, she will push you and challenge you and always support you. The best type of mentor that you can ask for being the ones who will believe in you, but challenge you and she certainly fits that profile. We worked on challenging my people pleasing habits and our weekly upstart your morning sessions were very helpful. My confidence as an entrepreneur grew because of this program and I couldn't have asked for anything more

Jessica Graham-Realtor Co-Founder at MLS My Nest

Focus, persistence, creativity and determination is what my company left with going through the 2015 Upstart Accelerator. Not only did we learn how to accelerate and execute our idea, we built valuable relationships along the way. If you are thinking about going through an accelerator I highly recommend Upstart.

Casey Casterline CEO/Co-Founder at eDivv.com

Upstart was a fantastic experience for my company eDivv. You spend 90 days of intense learning, iterating, testing and launching your company. Upstart has a focus on female founders helping them find opportunities and obtain the same resources that their male counterparts often have easier access to. I would highly recommend for anyone who has considered an accelerator and the passion for launching their startup!