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Entrepreneurs Roundtable

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Entrepreneurs Roundtable (ER) is an accelerator based in New York, USA that focuses primarily on helping early-stage startups transform their ideas into viable businesses. Typically, it provides these startups with small amounts of seed money, usually in the range of $100,000 for 8% equity, along with a work space, and a three month program providing intensive mentorship in areas such as product development, marketing strategy, and legal advice.

Since its inception in 2007, ER has run 16 batches and has so far invested in more than 160 companies. These companies have gone on to raise over $350M in subsequent rounds of financing from top VC firms. Companies accelerated by ER operate in a spectrum of industries including but not limited to Fintech, Healthcare, E-commerce and media.

One successful example of a startup accelerated by ER is In 2018, it announced a seed round of $2.8M, following its acceptance into ER’s sixth accelerator batch. Another example is Summer, a startup designed to assist student loan borrowers which graduated from ER in 2019 and has since raised a Series A round of $10M.

ER also hosts a series of free monthly events, Entrepreneurs Roundtable events, where founders can pitch to an investor who provides feedback. These events have garnered popularity and offer networking opportunities to entrepreneurs outside the accelerator program.

A particular initiative of note from ER is the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Japan. This is a bi-annual, one day event designed to help Japanese entrepreneurs and startups learn from successful US entrepreneurs and connect with US investors.

One of the key people associated with ER is Murat Aktihanoglu, a successful entrepreneur, author, and investor who is the managing director of the accelerator. He is known for his active contributions to the NY startup ecosystem and is a mentor at many organisations including Techstars and ERA.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Startup Investor?

Connect with entrepreneurs from Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator and take advantage of dealflow opportunities from individual startups and innovations.

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