3 steps every applicant should follow

After receiving (and reviewing) almost 2,000 applications, it seems long overdue to provide some guidance to the applicants on how to best apply to Fledge. 1. Do some homework Read the about page, the details, and the FAQ.  Watch the video explaining What Happens at Fledge. For even more homework, pick up a copy of The Next Step, which is the core of the classroom material taught within Fledge. 2...

Mentor Whiplash

A new online magazine, Rank & File has a nice article on the power of mentorship.
Read it at

Download the Rank & File App for Apple and for Android.

What is Impact?

Fledge is an impact accelerator, working with mission-driven for-profit startups from around the world, helping them achieve their impacts by teaching them how to succeed in their businesses. But what do we mean by impact? “What is impact?” is a question asked each year at SOCAP, at every Big Path Capital event, every Toniic gathering and Investors Circle national meeting.  This...

Measuring Impact, four years later

One of the biggest challenges of impact investing is in measuring the impact of the investments.  One would think that this would be an easy, solved problem, but it is far from simple.  The impact ecosystem is still working through multiple methods of measurements, few of which provide a single value which can be summed, compared, and tracked over time. The Pinchot Impact Index is one proposed...

Life of a Kenyan small business in 12 charts

An excerpt from the LelapaFund Blog: After a hectic six months discovering Kenya’s small business scene, LelapaFund is happy to share some insights from the ground with our community. Over 300 companies have joined our pipeline, learnt about a new form of raising equity capital – crowdinvesting – and are actively structuring their companies to benefit from it. Thanks to the countless meetings...

A short history of accelerators

From the mouth of one of the inventors of the modern accelerator, Brad Feld, how accelerators came to be and why they work. Given Fledge is based on the program and learnings of TechStars, this is highly relevant to our program too, despite Fledge being focused on impact vs. technology.

Thank you Fred Wilson for pointing out the video.

The Law of Startups #11 — Fledge

 Joe Wallin and Michael Schneider, two inquisitive Seattle startup lawyers interview
Fledge founder and Managing Director Luni Libes on “The Law of Startups“.
What is Fledge?  What do the fledglings do?
How is Fledge different than the typical accelerators?

Listen here

What doesn’t make it into Fledge?

After hundreds upon hundreds of applications reviewed by Fledge, there are a series of common patterns that lead to rejections, no doubt frustrating the applicants, and similarly frustrating the screeners. 1. Team, lack thereof The number one criteria that Fledge seeks out is a strong team.  If you’ve can’t even convince a friend to call themselves a member of your team, then you are...

Too many good ideas (for boiling the ocean)

It is application season here again at Fledge, and with it, dozens of repeats of a very common first-time entrepreneurial mistake. A grand vision with multiple components, which as a whole, all implemented, all popular, would solve some problem or simply make people’s lives better. To the ears of the entrepreneur, it sounds wonderful. To anyone who doesn’t review hundreds of business plans each...

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