Apply to Matter.
Matter supports early-stage entrepreneurs building start-ups that make society more informed, connected, and empowered.
Our target ventures are existing teams of 2-4 co-founders with skill sets covering technology, business, design, and storytelling. They are pursuing a sustainable, scalable, for-profit business strategy and have built an early stage prototype of their product or service. However, entrepreneurs at all stages who fit our mission are encouraged to apply.
The program requires that all co-founders work full-time out of the Matter space in San Francisco for the full four months of the program. We provide dedicated support services, community, space, and $50K to our accelerator companies. Our investment stake will depend on the stage and structure of your company and will be in the typical accelerator range.
Applications are now closed.
Sign up for our mailing list to learn when applications for our August 2013 class open.
In the meantime, we always love to hear from entrepreneurs who fit our mission. Introduce yourself to us by sending a pitch deck or executive summary to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You may use an existing pitch deck or executive summary.
- Visuals help. A lot.
- Show your team. Matter invests in people first, ideas second.
- Consider submitting a video introducing your team and product.
- Suggested length is a 1-2 page executive summary or 6-9 page pitch deck.
Information you may want to address:
What is your 1-sentence elevator pitch?
What is your mission?
What is motivating you to build this company? How does your company make society more informed, connected, and/or empowered? Why does your company matter?
Who is your customer?
Vividly describe the person (audience/user/customer) who will use your product/service and the context in which they will use it.
What problem are you solving?
What is the specific need you are meeting for your end user? (i.e. ___ needs a way to ___.)
What is your current solution?
What is the current way you are trying to solve this problem? (Your latest prototype solution.)
Why is this a big opportunity ripe to be solved now?
What big technological or societal trends make this the right time to tackle this opportunity? Where are you betting the world is heading? How big is this opportunity?
What is your business model?
How do you plan to be financially sustainable? How do you plan to generate revenue? Who ultimately pays for your product/service?
Why bet on your team?
Why is your team uniquely qualified to execute on solving this problem with this solution? How did you meet and how long have you been working together?
Why Matter? Why now?
What do you hope to accomplish in the 4 months of the program? What are your key next steps?