Leading Angel Investor Group Hosting 10th HyperAccelerator Program, Targeting Impact Companies

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Rockies Venture Club’s one-week Impact HyperAccelerator serves social and environmental impact companies solving big problems.

While the program will be open to a variety of impact ventures, RVC is encouraging entrepreneurs to apply that are developing technologies that can aid in the COVID-19 response effort or that could be viable detection or mitigation solutions for future pandemics.

What if venture capitalists had identified and invested in novel solutions to pandemics ten years ago? We would all be in a better place.

Rockies Venture Club (RVC), the largest angel investor group in Colorado, is hosting their next Impact HyperAccelerator program on June 22nd through June 29th, 2020. The program is designed to help seed-stage startups prepare to raise money from venture capital and angel investors. The accelerator consists of a series of intense sessions, following the “Learn - Do - Present and Defend” model in which companies work closely with mentors to develop defensible valuations, venture capital term sheets, capital stack strategies, financial proformas, hypergrowth marketing, due diligence readiness and pitch training. The program’s capstone is a virtual investor Demo Day with 100+ accredited investors and startup supporters in attendance. This Demo Day is followed by RVC’s syndication investment process for those companies that garnered the greatest interest from RVC’s angel investor network.

This iteration of the HyperAccelerator centers on for-profit social or environmental impact companies in sectors such as healthcare, cleantech, education tech, agriculture tech, climate, water, energy and materials science. This summer’s accelerator will be the 10th cohort of the program created by RVC. This HyperAccelerator, however, will be the first to be offered in a completely virtual environment using a variety of collaborative technologies to engage 10 companies and over 50 investor mentors set to take part.

While the program will be open to a variety of impact ventures, RVC is encouraging entrepreneurs to apply that are developing technologies that can aid in the COVID-19 response effort or that could be viable detection or mitigation solutions for future pandemics. Peter Adams, RVC’s Executive Director and Managing Partner at the new Pandemic Impact Fund, added, “It’s clear that the world is at least a decade behind in pandemic preparedness. We have an opportunity now to identify, support, and fund companies that are innovating in pandemic preparation and response with solutions bridging public and private entities.”

While many venture capital funds and private investors are choosing to constrain capital during this period of economic uncertainty, RVC and its network are opting to support early-stage entrepreneurs and startups by remaining active and deploying investments.

Founders or prospective mentors interested in applying to participate or learning more about the RVC Impact HyperAccelerator can visit http://www.hyperaccelerator.org. The deadline for applications is May 15th, 2020.

About the Rockies Venture Club: Rockies Venture Club is the longest-running and one of the largest Angel Groups in the U.S.A., founded in 1985, whose mission is to advance economic development by actively connecting the most promising entrepreneurial companies with Angel investors, venture capitalists, and other community members. Every year Rockies Venture Club offers over 140 educational programs, mastermind groups, Angel forums, and two major conferences for both investors and entrepreneurs.

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