Educate ~ Connect ~ Accelerate
unbank.ventures will be selecting 8 early stage FinTech companies to join its second class in the fall of 2016. This class will consist of a combination companies in San Francisco & companies that will attend virtually.
We are seeking companies who are focused on RegTech, InsuranceTech, Real EstateTech, Big Data Solutions and Blockchain Technology
Applications open on October 30 and will close on December 5. Selected companies will be notified by December 20th.
The program will run from January 15, 2017 through March 12, 2017.
The program is a 8 week program that focuses on 3 core pillars. These pillars are:
The goal of our program is to guide you to one of the following outcomes.
We are building a global community of FinTech Founders and supporters.
Our goal is to continue to support our founders in the next step in their entrepreneurial journey. This support will come in the form of continued advisory, introductions to investors and the community we are building.
In this 8 week program we will cover 3 core topics. These topics are marketing & sales traction, partnering with corporations and investment. Each week the cohort will meet in the San Francisco office or virtually for remote teams. A presenter will present a short presentation on the weekly topic followed by a facilitator led cohort discussion.
3 Metrics That Matter
At unbank.ventures we work with our companies to develop 3 key metrics that will drive the company to the next milestone. Each week the companies will present their traction to the cohort, receive feedback and request help.
Each week you will be given an assignment that corresponds with the weekly topic. These will be customized assignments that correspond to the company's 3 Key Metrics and program goals.
Unlike other programs we will not distract you with a parade of mentors. You will work with 1-3 mentors over the course of the program. The main goal of these mentors will be to ensure that you are staying on track with your 3 key metrics and weekly assignments. Supplemental mentors and resources will be brought in on a special case basis.
Collaboration & Partnership
Our program is built on core value of collaboration and partnership. unbank.ventures believes that these values will take our companies further than playing a zero sum game. unbank.ventures is looking for companies that embrace these values and are open to collaboration and partnership.
At our core we are community builders. We are looking to build a community of founders and partners that work together to further everyone interests. At unbank.ventures we believe that the sum of us is greater than our individual parts.
unbank.ventures embraces an acceptance of failure. We believe that failure and setbacks are part of the learning process and lead to future success when properly embraced. We are looking for companies that are willing to swing for the fences and take big risk.
"No Promise" Promise
Our "no promise" promise is that we do not make any guarantee that you will get into an accelerator, corporate partnership or investment. We will work hard to ensure that you reach your goals. unbank.ventures has been structured to align our goals with your goals.
Our goal is to build a world class accelerator program. The only way we can accomplish that goal is by selecting, educating and connecting our companies with the resources they need to be successful. Our goals are fully aligned with our companies and we seek to be authentic in everything we do. With that said the success of your company will be largely up to you and we will do everything we can to get you there.
Who Is This Program For
This program is for hustlers building innovative FinTech companies and products. . We are looking to work with founders and companies that are willing to put in the work and take big risks. We provide access, advisory and connections. The rest is up to you.
Companies have a choice of paying a $500 program or giving .5% equity in our company. We believe this is a very low cost for the advisory, education and connections we provide for our companies.
Does unbank.ventures Provide Funding?
The company currently has not raised a fund or put together a dedicated fund.. This is a future goal. At this time unbank.ventures serves as a connector to accelerators, corporate partners and investors.
What Stage Should My Company Be At?
unbnank.ventures works with early stage companies that are either at the pre-seed or seed stage. Your company will need to have a MVP or working prototype to be considered for this program. To make the most of this program your goal should be to get into an accelerator, corporate partnership or early stage investment.
While building the Draper FinTech Incubator program I had the pleasure of working with some great entrepreneurs. I am looking to take my experience at Draper FinTech to my next venture unbank.ventures. Here is what some of them had to say about their experience working with me.
“Brett was instrumental in helping us kick off our sales efforts. He helped us build out a metrics-driven strategy during the launch of the product and attract our first customers. We benefited from introductions Brett made for us during our fundraising round.” Olga Koroleva founder of Monetarex
“”I worked with Brett Noyes at Draper Fintech accelerator and he was instrumental in helping us navigate our fundraising efforts for our seed round. Specifically Brett made multiple introductions — sought out and coordinated meetings with Investors in his Rolodex and was just a good sounding board for us whenever we needed him” PJ Gupta founder of Checkbook.io
“Working with Brett Noyes was a great experience. His straightforward approach and honest feedback helped us create and present a great investor pitch with an amazing deck. With his help, we were able to create a great company brand and become recognized as one of the top companies in the emerging blockchain industry.” Nathalie Salami co-founder HitFin
Brett's genuine passion for startups and helping founders is what makes working with him so enjoyable. Since being introduced to Brett, my co-founder and I have been instilled with a more focused mindset and strategic plan, as we launch our beta and begin fundraising. I would highly recommend Brett to any of my colleagues who are entrepreneurs. His kindness, connections, and industry insight speak volumes. -Preston Ramirez founder of Revive
I wanted to write this email to express my thanks for your guidance. I always came out from out Friday chats feeling better and with a clearer idea of what to do that week. I do think if we had gone thru your incubator earlier, not only would I have learned a lot (process, thinking) but also saved a lot of time by prioritizing our KPIs. -Apoorv co-founder- Happybot.ai