AngelPad is a seed-stage accelerator program based in NYC and San Francisco. In the past 8 years we have launched more than 150 companies in 12 cohorts. Every 6 months we select about 20 teams from a huge pool of applicants (usually around 4000) to work with us.
What’s different about AngelPad?
While others have decided to “scale” and take on more companies or launch more cities, we have stayed true to our original goal: Find a bunch of awesome companies with founders we would like to work with and spend three very intense months with them. This focus has paid off, AngelPad has risen to be the #1 Accelerator in the U.S. (at least that’s what a real study from MIT/Brown University says) and Strictly VC called us the “Anti-Y Combinator”.
During the program, we work on everything, really, everything. From finding product market fit, defining a target market to getting first validation for the company.
We are also instrumental in helping companies prepare for fundraising and of course for our investor demo day.
Who is behind AngelPad?
AngelPad is Thomas Korte and Carine Magescas, a husband-and-wife founder team, who met working at – what else – a Startup back in 2001 in San Francisco. Business Insider profiled them in this article: “Meet Carine Magescas & Thomas Korte, the husband-and-wife team whose early bet on Postmates just led to a $2.65 billion Uber acquisition”
Carine founded an e-commerce Startup in 2003 after working in Engineering, Strategic Alliances and Marketing at several pre-IPO startups. In 2017 she was nominated “Angel Investor of the Year” at TechCrunch’s 10th Annual Crunchies Awards. Apart from tech, Carine also managed to find time to become an accomplished fine art photographer, with gallery representation in the US and Europe. She has multiple solo and group exhibitions under her belt – in New York, London and San Francisco.
Thomas was Google’s first International Product Manager, responsible for all the Google Product Launches in Europe dating back to 2002. He spent 7 years at Headquarters and was at the origin of Adwords, Google Maps and Google Shopping. He is the author of two patents which are still a crucial part of Google search ranking and ads monetization products. Thomas is known for his vision and creative ideas.
Who are the mentors at AngelPad?
AngelPad does not have “mentors” – well, we do, but in a different way. We don’t believe in the “one-size-fits-all” advices that founders only get when they meet with mentors once and even find damaging contradictory advices founders often get from different mentors. A startup, especially through the intense three months of an accelerator, moves very quickly – things are tried, changed, modified, tried again every day and a mentor has to be part of that daily journey to be valuable. At AngelPad Carine and Thomas work alongside the startup founders every day. We roll up our sleeves and figure stuff out – everything – together with the founders.
There are a lot of “Friends of AngelPad” who come spend time with us during each session. Really, really smart people who we have known for a long time and trust to provide valuable insights.