JFE Accelerator Program

JFE Accelerator is the first seed accelerator for tech startups supported by a non-profit dedicated to entrepreneurship in the Jewish community.

In Spring 2013, JFE launched a new accelerator program with the goal to help the most talented and creative Jewish entrepreneurs realize the most pioneering ideas  and help their companies skyrocket in the competitive and challenging market. 
An outstanding team of the most successful entrepreneurs and investors helped these startups to transform their companies in a very speedy and transformative way.

You can now apply to join our program for this Fall, September 2013, in San Francisco or New York City. San Francisco class will start on September 8 and New York City class will start on September 16th.

Application deadline is August 25 for San Francisco and September 20th for NYC.

Follow on answers for both programs will go out the 2nd week of August. We may ask you some preliminary questions or interviews before accepting you to the program.

Program includes:

Top tier, unparalleled, participation and involvement from Silicon Valley’s and Silicon Alley’s leading entrepreneurs & investors.

Mentorship and training from relevant experts to guide you in every aspect of starting a company

Legal and advisory speaker sessions with framework and legal pitfalls for startup companies.

Access to Capital- Connections to leading  investment firms and angel groups.

Program Overview

The JFE Accelerator program will provide an education program in business and product development, legal and infrastructure support, and a strong mentorship network.

The program will also include guest speakers, special events, practice pitch sessions, and will finalize with one on one presentations with investors.

The program will be a 2 month program, with 5-7 startup participants in each.

You need to be in the San Francisco Bay Area or New York City, but can choose where you work. There will be  weekly lectures, mentor office hours, networking events, practice pitch sessions, and a demo day for a select group of investors from our network.

Applicant Criteria

We accept applications teams of typically between two and three founders. From our experience with single founders, it’s been hard to build a strong company with a single founder team.

We accept early stage startups with a basic or developed product. We are open to later stage companies as well, i.e companies looking to raise series A.

We accept tech startup applications, typically these are web-based or other software companies. Enterprise, big data, cloud, mobile enterprise apps, industry disruptive startups (food, travel, health, finance, education) are highly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should be able to show that their startups:
Can scale
Have significant innovative technology
Aim to solve a problem or inefficiency in their market
Have gained initial traction
Plan to fundraise after the completion of the program

At least one founder must be able to attend the program full time in San Francisco.

Upon acceptance to the program, you will have to sign a founder agreement that will go over the terms and conditions for this program.

While we cannot guarantee that participation in the accelerator program will lead to funding, we can certainly say that you will meet and work with  Silicon Valley’s leading entrepreneurs and investors.

We accept all applicantions regardless of gender, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation.

Fee- We know it’s tough being a startup founder so we ask for an equity donation to our non profit organization to help more future founders like you become successful. Your success is our future.