Pear Launchpad 2017

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12 TEAMS. 10 WEEKS. UP TO $40K / TEAM. NOEQUITY. 

Our 2016 teams raised $10M+ from top-tier VCs

 

WHO WE ARE & HOW PEAR LAUNCHPAD WORKS

OVERVIEW

We’re an early stage venture capital fund, and helping really early stage companies succeed is our bread and butter.

Pear Launchpad is a structured full-time program designed to help you successfully launch your company. Over the course of 10 weeks, we’ll help you lay the foundations of a sustainable, category-defining company - between putting together a product roadmap, figuring out your go-to-market strategy, identifying early customers, developing organizational structures & processes that’ll scale, and more.

We’ll also network you into our broader community and help you start building your support team. We get that building a company is hard, and we’re here to make sure you have the right resources and support to succeed.

Launchpad culminates in a Demo Day with top venture capitalists and industry executives. Check out TechCrunch’s coverage of our 2016 Demo Day here.

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • We’re industry agnostic, and both solo founders and teams of up to four founders are welcome to apply.
 

TIMELINE

  • Applications close: March 24, 2017
  • In-person or Skype interviews: March 31st -April 4th , 2017
  • Final decisions: April 5th
  • Program Start Date: mid-to-late June*
  • Program End Date: late August

* Teams are welcome to start earlier


LAUNCHPAD DETAILS

Funding

$7,500 per individual and $5,000 per team + additional funding on a case-by-case basis up to a total of $40,000 / team, structured as an uncapped convertible note. We additionally ask for the option to invest up to $250,000 in your next round of funding. 

Mentorship

You’ll work with 2 dedicated mentors, and we host regular office hours with our extended network to support specific needs. Check out the full list of our operating partners here.

OFFICE SPACE

24/7 access to dedicated office space at our Palo Alto office, steps away from Caltrain. You’ll also have access to a host of services / discounts (AWS, legal, etc). Weekly events, speakers, and workshops designed to help you build your company.

EVENTS

Founders will also have the opportunity to attend exclusive events, including intimate fireside chats with iconic visionaries. Speakers we have hosted include John Doerr, Mark Pincus, Jerry Yang and more. Check out the full list of our events here

COMMUNITY

Community is the cornerstone of the culture at Pear. You will join the Pear family and interact with other founders in our portfolio on a regular basis. Check out our community here


David Marcus, Senior VP Facebook

Demo Day 2016

Founders Food Truck Event 2016

Office Space in DT Palo Alto

Office Space in DT Palo Alto

TESTIMONIALS


PREVIOUS COMPANIES

Pear Launchpad teams have included students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon, and have raised from top-tier VCs including Accel Partners, Canaan Partners, Data Collective, First Round Capital, Index Ventures, Innovation Endeavours and 8vc.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can a team be at Pear Launchpad and another program simultaneously?
Yes! We’ve had teams at Pear Launchpad and other programs at the same time. 

Are you looking for teams in a particular vertical?
Nope. We’re vertical agnostic. You’re the entrepreneurial visionaries; we’re here to help you realize your vision.

How big of a commitment is this?
We require that teams dedicate themselves full-time over the course of our 10-week program. That said, you’ll get as much as you put into the program.

Will you consider international applicants?
Yes, so long as you can legally work and reside in the US during the course of our program. We’ve had international students join us from schools around the country.

Questions? Email us at info@pear.vc.