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We back founders who break the traditional Silicon Valley mold.

Beta Boom is a hands-on startup academy and fund focused on pre-seed software startups in rising tech regions in the U.S. We invest inclusively in founders that have been overlooked due to geography, gender, race, and background.

Our Investments

We invest human capital + money

In the earliest stages of a startup, founders are in a race against time with a crumbling runway nipping at their heels. Any misstep or stagnation brings even the most promising startup ever closer to failure. Why leave execution risk on the table?

Beta Boom equips founders with critical and practical skills through an apprenticeship model similar to how new doctors learn by doing alongside experienced colleagues in their residency program. 

Beta Boom Academy focuses on teaching founders how to measure product-market fit and run iterative experiments to improve it as well as fine-tune growth marketing efforts. We go far beyond advice and mentorship, and teach founders how to do everything from measuring product-market fit to finding the right keywords for social media campaigns.

Incremental Investment

Beta Boom invests incrementally through a two-stage competitive model:

  • Academy – $50K investment and intensive hands-on learning over 6 months with a laser focus on nailing product-market fit and go-to-market marketing. 
  • Post-Academy – $150-200K investment in the top Academy teams with additional hands-on support from our product and growth gurus.

Beyond working with our teams on their businesses, we 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. 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:

Creativity

We look for teams of entrepreneurs with exceptional imagination that have a product, prototype, and vision of their product that addresses a real, pressing challenge.

Grit

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.

Expertise

We want to see that you have extreme market knowledge, direct experience and a reasonable plan for developing a product and building your business. 

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