Who is an "underrepresented" founder?
We encourage all founders who identify as a Woman, Person of Color, LGBTQ+, and other underestimated groups to apply.
I've applied to Backstage Capital before. Can I apply to Backstage Accelerator?
Yes. All prior applications were reviewed for funding that was available at that time. If you'd like to be considered for Backstage Accelerator, we encourage you to apply.
Will Backstage invest in companies that participate in the program?
Yes! $100k USD capital in exchange for 5% equity.
What stage company is a good fit for Backstage Accelerator?
Early-stage (pre-seed to seed) companies are a good fit, though we welcome you to apply regardless of your stage if you believe the program can impact your business.
How far along do we have to be progress-wise?
Due to the quality and quantity of applicants we're anticipating, we encourage you to apply if you've already done some work to validate your concept.
Is any industry or business model welcome?
Any type of for-profit business is welcome to apply.
Do we have to be incorporated to apply?
Is it a full-time program?
Yes. The program will be based on a full-time schedule, so we require at least 1 co-founder on your team able to to be able to work from the program's co-work space full-time to leverage the focus and information made possible by Accelerator.
How many companies will be in the program in each city?
6 companies will be selected to participate in each city.
Can I apply to multiple locations?
Yes, you'll be able to choose one or more locations in the application form, including the 4th city location, still to be announced.
I am interested in the 4th city, when do I find out where it is?
We'll be announcing the 4th city later this fall. We want to give everyone a way to share where they think the next location should be, so make sure you vote. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay tuned for announcement about where this next location will be.