How Beta Boom supports startups
Beta Boom makes equity-based investments in the most promising early-stage software startups based in emerging tech hubs i.e. outside of Silicon Valley, New York and Boston.
Our focus is on helping portfolio companies hone in on product-market fit and grow their customer base– two critical challenges that pre-seed startups must overcome. We do so by pairing each portfolio startup with dedicated UX and growth experts to work with your team in a weekly sprint format.
Beta Boom invests incrementally through a two-stage competitive model:
- Stage 1 – $20K investment and a one-month acceleration program.
- Stage 2 – $100K investment in the top one-third of the teams coupled with a three-month growth program that occurs mostly virtually.
Acceleration with dedicated growth and UX experts
Advice is nice, but we have found that the most impactful support comes from founders getting their hands dirty with experts by their side to help iterate on product and implement an effective go-to-market strategy.
Each startup that we invest in gets a dedicated UX expert to help hone in on product-market fit. Teams work in weekly sprints to implement and test iterative enhancements.
Similarly, our portfolio startups are paired with a dedicated growth marketer that also works with each startup in a weekly sprint format to implement and test various growth tactics.
We choose the most promising startups to join us for a month-long acceleration program in Chicago, Atlanta or Salt Lake City. Each startup receives a $20K investment in exchange for 3% of their company. The program provides a UX expert, growth marketer, and managing partner to work closely and intensively with the startup on strategy, product-market fit, and growth. At the end of the initial program, we make an additional investment in the most promising one-third of the teams.
The top third receives an additional $100K in exchange for 7% and teams continue to work with a dedicated UX expert, growth marketer and managing partner even more intensively to improve their product and grow their business. We also help each startup develop their pitch to seed-stage investors and make tailored introductions to hand-picked venture capital firms and angels in Silicon Valley and beyond.
Who we’re looking for
Our startups are chosen from an open application process. Our focus is on for-profit startups that are building a high-growth, software business. Many already have a prototype or product in the market, but it is not a requirement. Above all, we seek to support deeply committed founders that are solving a massive problem.
There are three critical characteristics that we seek out in our teams:
We look for teams of entrepreneurs with exceptional imagination that have a product, prototype, or vision of their product that addresses a real, pressing challenge.
The startup journey is not for the faint of heart. You need incredible grit and cleverness to both weather challenges and find imaginative solutions to overcome them.
We want to see that you have extreme market knowledge, direct experience and a reasonable plan for developing a product and building your business.