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Startup Trends and Patterns

An unprecedented 842 applications arrived to Fledge at the start of 2020. We unfortunately can’t provide our investment and training to everyone who applies, but we can at least provide some insights that we see from our view reviewing all these startup applications. Trend 1: Traction When Fledge began in 2012, applicants for accelerators were nearly all idea-stage companies. Maybe a rough...

The Origin of Fledge

Twelve years ago TechStars was born. Eight years ago, we discovered Bainbridge Graduate Institute. A few months later, we were introduced to the co-founder of what today is Impact Hub Seattle. Without the existence of these three organizations, Fledge never have been founded. The mashup in hindsight is obvious. TechStars taught us how to efficiently help startups. BGI taught us that it is...

Incredibly Global

Conscious (a.k.a. impact) entrepreneurship is not unique to any one country. It is a global phenomenon. The same is true for impact investing. And yet, the global reach of Fledge continues to amaze us and our followers. For example: Top 14 countries watching videos on youtube.com/fledgellc Only 15% of the Fledge videos are watched by Americans. Peru is #2, which is not surprising as the first...

Dear Silicon Valley: America’s fallen out of love with you [Guest post]

My friend Ross Baird over at Village Capital posted a great bit of advice for the “tech” crowd in TechCrunch today: Dear Silicon Valley,  You used to be the envy of the world. Over the last decade I’ve seen countless cities try to become you, from the Silicon Savannah to the Silicon Bayou. At last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit on Stanford’s campus, hundreds of entrepreneurs...

The Global Impact Accelerator Program, powered by Fledge

The Global Impact Accelerator Program is the first accelerator helping global impact businesses move to Canada under its Startup-Visa Program. This is a comprehensive, 4-month program powered by Fledge, operated by Spring.is targeting companies in healthcare, progressive food, sustainability, creative economy, and cleantech. Based in Vancouver, the Canadian leader for impact entrepreneurship, and...

Five Years of Impact… Measured

Fledge is over five years old, and for that half decade and more the industry has been debating how to measure the impact of a company and a portfolio.  Using the Pinchot Impact Index, Fledge is able to not only do that, but also to show how that measure changes from session to session. More specifically, we measure three levels of impact for our portfolio of fledglings: the potential of the idea...

Why Fledge Works [TL;DR]

Do accelerators really help is the second most asked question in the industry after how do I apply? That would seem an odd question almost twelve years after the birth of the modern business accelerator, except for the fact that there were hundreds of useless business incubators back in the dot com boom.  This is an industry with a multi-decade history of big promises.  And industry with...

Fledge11 in Barcelona

Fledge is excited to announce its third city: Barcelona, Spain. For 2017, Fledge9 is in Seattle April-June, Fledge10 back in Lima July-September, and Fledge11 in Barcelona September-November. Applications for Fledge Peru are due April 15st and as soon as we’re done reviewing those, we’ll open application for Fledge Barcelona. €15,000 per team, hundreds of mentors, and the same...

Why Seattle?

Why would an entrepreneur drop everything to be in Seattle for two months?  How can that be best for a young company? Simple, success for startups lies beyond the founding team.  Success lies in finding customers, investors, and partners.  More often than not, finding such people is a serendipitous process centered around networking.  To build a bigger network, you need to get out of your circle...

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...

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