Build your next company with Antler US

Antler is building a better on ramp to venture capital. We provide founders with a structured process to successfully launch a new venture, a community for support throughout the experience, and a clear pathway to funding. Starting March 2022, we'll work exclusively in person with founders based in both Austin and New York. Apply now.

Removing the barriers to entrepreneurship

If you woke up tomorrow and decided to start a new venture, where would you start? Launching a new venture and raising capital is no small feat, and can be a lonely journey. Antler is here to support founders from day zero.

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Looking Ahead: Antler in 2022
  • What does Antler look for in founders?

    We're looking for hungry, driven, gritty founders who are beginning the journey of starting a new venture that can change the world. Maybe you've just started building, but haven't yet raised capital; or maybe you've got an idea and are thinking about getting started, but haven't quite made the leap. Either way, if you're in the earliest days of launching a startup, Antler is the right place for you to bring your idea to life.

  • Are you still working with founders remotely? Or are you back in person?

    After almost two years of working with founders remotely, we are officially headed back into the office. We believe in the magic and serendipity of working together in person and are committed to continuing to launch new Antler locations across the U.S.

    Starting in March 2022, we will begin working with founders exclusively in person. We'll have concurrent programs running in two US cities: Austin and New York (with more locations coming soon). Apply here now.

  • Do I need to be full time?

    Yes. Building a new venture is a full time job and we only want to work with founders who are fully committed to the process.

  • Where are you based?

    Currently we are in New York City and Austin with plans on launching more locations across the U.S. very soon. Our offices are in Hudson Yards in NYC and North Congress (downtown) in Austin.

  • Do I need to be a US citizen or US greencard holder to work with you in the US?

    Yes. Our U.S. fund works exclusively with U.S. founders - if that's not you, we fortunately have other programs across the globe.

  • What stage do you invest in?

    We are focused on providing founders better access to capital at the very beginning of their journey, so we back founders where we can be the first investor in. We'll invest as early as a clearly defined product statement and roadmap to your MVP, we'll even help you incorporate your new venture if necessary.

  • Which industries do you invest in?

    We are industry agnostic and invest across all technology sectors.

  • When will I hear back from you about my application?

    Founders will hear back from us for our March 2022 cohorts starting in January 2022.

  • If I'm accepted to Antler, what comes next?

    Antler's 2022 cohort will launch on March 7th, with pre-program events kicking off on February 28th. Here is an overview of what you can expect during your time at Antler:

    • Phase 1 (March 7 - April 15): In Phase 1, founders will have 6 weeks to develop an idea and plan of action. There's no coursework here: your entire focus will be on turning your ideas into investable businesses. The Antler team will provide guidance and coaching as you work to identify areas of opportunity, iterate on your ideas, conduct customer discovery and research, beta test as quickly as possible, and build your product roadmap and GTM strategy. During this time, we'll also host weekly town hall meetings, social sessions, office hours, and speaker series with industry experts and Antler advisors.

      Most importantly you'll be surrounded by 30 hand selected founders to work beside, brainstorming ideas, testing assumptions, sharing expertise and building close bonds.
    • Pitch Week (April 18 - April 22): Founders have the opportunity to pitch Antler's Investment Team for 200k SAFE with a $2m post-cap money valuation with $50k program fee.
    • Phase 2 (April 22 - May 27): From here on, it's an all out sprint on execution. You'll work with your dedicated Antler coach to build a clear plan, setting key objectives and KPIs that you and your team will need to hit to ensure your business finds product market fit and continues scaling. You'll keep iterating on your business model, build your MVP, create a hiring plan, devise a killer GTM strategy, and map out plans for your seed fundraise alongside our team.

  • Why do you charge founders a program fee?

    Great question, and one we want to take head on. If (and only if) you receive funding, a $50,000 service fee will be collected in order to allow us to provide you with long term, sustainable support.

    One of the key things we saw when looking at the current ecosystem for early stage founders is early stage funds just didn't have the capacity to provide real, tactical support to their investments. Our program fee is a structure that allows us to support a team that can provide real support beyond what a typical pre-seed investor would be able to (more on our portfolio support below).

  • How does Antler support its portfolio companies?

    Antler provides ongoing support for our portfolio companies as they grow and scale in the following ways:

    • 1. Monthly Check Ins: You will have a monthly call with your coach to discuss and track KPIs and goals, brainstorm ideas, solve problems, and ask for any support you need. Your coach will be your dedicated guide to take full advantage of Antler's platform.
    • 2. Office Hours: You will have access to the calendars of our full team to book as you need for specific sessions on any topic you feel you need a little extra help. We have team members and advisors with many years of real world experience in product, marketing, operations, finance, growth and many other topics.
    • 3. Marketing & PR: Our marketing and PR team will be available to help share and boost great news about your company through our global distribution channels, including fundraising announcements, big milestones and positive media coverage.
    • 4. Recruitment & Hiring: You will have access to our global job portal, where you can post new positions online. You will also have access to our incoming cohorts, full of exceptional talent to recruit from. We are always happy when new cohort founders decide to join one of our portfolio companies!
    • 5. Fundraising: For companies that are meeting and exceeding their first year goals and KPIs set in Phase 2, Antler provides dedicated support to raising your next round, including additional investment from us, building and refining your materials, tracking and organizing your process and providing warm intros to downstream funds we work closely with.
    • 6. Discounts from Vendors: We work hard to build relationship with vendors like Google, AWS, Stripe and hundreds more to provide our teams with credits, discounts and support for the tools you will use to build you company.
    • 7. Community: Once an Antler founders, always an Antler founder. All of our founders will have ongoing access to our growing community of entrepreneurs around the world.
  • How much ownership does Antler US take?

    Antler initially invests $200K on a $2m post money cap in the form of a SAFE in the companies we back, and aims to preserve a 6-10% stake in our companies through seed with additional follow on capital. We believe that founders should be able to raise early stage capital without giving away a substantial portion of their ownership.

  • Why are you doing this?

    Our team shares a deep conviction that entrepreneurship is the career path of the future and we believe that every hungry, driven, gritty person who wants to build a startup should be able to do exactly that. After working for years in venture backed companies and seeing our exceptional friends and colleagues struggle to find early support for their own new ventures, we decided to build a better on ramp to venture capital. Our mission is to provide founders with a structured and transparent process to successfully launch a new venture, a community for support throughout the experience, and a clear pathway to venture funding.

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  • Applications are open for March 2022

    You will hear back from us on the status of your application starting in January 2022.

    Apply now!

Alumni Testimonials

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Building a startup with Antler allows you the room to develop, grow or even pivot your business idea, providing you with the guidance you need along the way.

Manuel Schönfeld

Founder & CEO, PowerX

US 2019

Antler US Portfolio Companies

  • Kitch (2019)

    Marketplace for Commercial Kitchens.

  • Marco Financial (2019)

    A revolutionary trade finance platform that provides financing to small- and medium-sized exporters from Latin America.

  • PowerX (2019)

    PowerX’s suite of smart home solutions provides a unified view of all energy, devices, and water outlets running in your home through one, easy-to-use app. Gain insight into the appliances in your home and take actionable steps to reducing your carbon foot print.

  • Stairs Financial (2019)

    Makes employer-sponsored investment accounts to help employees save up to buy a home.

  • Watson (2019)

    Makes renting rewarding by enabling landlords to offer their residents cash back on rent, along with deals for local and online merchants.

  • SecondBody (2019)

    Helps you to communicate better with the people you're closest with through the use of live, human proxies.

  • Dots (2019)

    A command center for community managers, helping them automate manual tasks and understand member insights across platforms.

  • Sleuth (2019)

    Provides parents with crowdsourced and highly precise directions for the care of their children with developmental delays.

  • Within Health (2019)

    Telehealth platform focused on radiology patient journey.

  • Bitewell (2020)

    A platform that ties data-driven dietician recommendations with last-mile food delivery.

  • Caria (2020)

    The first comprehensive digital health platform for women in perimenopause, menopause, and beyond that helps them connect with experts, a community, and evidence-based support.

  • My Home Pathway (2020)

    Platform that helps low-credit borrowers to secure mortgages.

  • Break the Love (2020)

    A marketplace that digitizes the tennis club.

  • Likewise (2020)

    An end-to-end platform that connects high-growth, digital-first brands with top tier freelance creative talent on demand.

  • April Labs (2020)

    An AI-powered platform that enables frictionless renting by quickly matching apartment listings and rental services with tenants.

  • Werkit (2020)

    Helps companies build agile AI operations that scale. By assembling remote teams trained in data processing and AI automation, Werkit provides on-demand digital jobs for individuals looking to earn money, up-skill, and attain financial stability.

  • Casting Depot (2020)

    Professional network platform for media and entertainment encompassing all facets of talent-booking.

  • A tech platform empowering Immigrants to manage their remittances transparently.

  • Lantern (2020)

    Provides retail traders deep insight into smart money options plays.

  • Doctu (2020)

    A telehealth platform that connects patients with healthcare providers in Latin America.

  • Growsquares (2020)

    Leverages remote climate assessment to optimize user understanding of their environments in order to grow successful gardens.

  • A marketplace for custom investment strategies that connects asset managers and owners to improve investment decisions.

  • Tailored (2020)

    Improves the customer acquisition process by turning demonstrations into customized experiences for prospective clients.

  • A direct-to-consumer meal delivery platform that offers a offering a varied line of ready to cook, pre-seasoned meats.

  • Jam (2021)

    A recommendation engine for coworker connections that schedules virtual conversations and encourages knowledge sharing across departments, offices, and tenure.

  • (2021)

    Leverages ML/AI to automatically distill information from tools, communication channels, and meetings to improve team communication and alignment.

  • Vero Technologies (2021)

    An inventory finance lending platform for independent auto dealerships that provides proactive risk mitigation leveraging alternative data sources and real-time collateral and loan lifecycle management.

  • Boober (2021)

    A marketplace that connects expectant and new parents to qualified, expert care providers (virtual & in-person) and educational content to to transform healthcare outcomes.

  • Metabob (2021)

    Provides a static code analysis tool that specializes in programming

  • Academlo (2021)

    Provides high-quality technology education for Latin American students, made radically affordable via Income Share Agreements.

  • Evee (2021)

    Makes stronger teams and fosters inclusiveness at the workplace with software that enables corporate planners to seamlessly book and customize experiences.

  • PlaneAhead (2021)

    A revolutionary AI tool that introduces a new way to travel economically by reducing personal or company travel expenses by tracking itineraries and fluctuating airline prices, and accumulating travel credits for future bookings.

  • Vocal Clarity (2021)

    Uses AI-driven, neural vocoders to resynthesize the elements of human voice overwhelmed by background noise and reduces the need for additional dialog recording (ADR) sessions.

  • JinxDrinx (2021)

    The DTC alcoholic mixed drink in a pouch, designed to mitigate the risk of drink & drug-facilitated sexual assault (reported by 1 in 6 women) on college campuses and beyond.

  • Fanfix (2021)

    A clean, premium content subscription platform for Gen Z creators to monetize their fanbase.

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