Become a Startup Scout

Join us as a VC Startup Scout and tap into a unique opportunity. Develop a deeper understanding of startup dynamics and gain unparalleled exposure to industry leaders. A perfect complement to your role at SOSV.


SOSV is a multinational venture capital firm renowned for running accelerator programs across the globe. Initially started in 1994 by Sean O'Sullivan, the firm has since gained a reputation for its high-tech specialization, supporting startups within the fields of hardware, software, biology, food, robotics, medical devices, transportation, green energy, and more.

Three of SOSV's leading accelerator programs include HAX, IndieBio, and Chinaccelerator. HAX is the world's first and largest hardware accelerator, while IndieBio is regarded as the world’s largest seed biotech accelerator. Chinaccelerator, on the other hand, is China's first startup accelerator and the first accelerator in Asia to have a mentorship-driven program.

SOSV's unique accelerator model has led to numerous success stories. Notable among these is JUMP Bikes, a bike sharing company that was a part of HAX and later acquired by Uber for close to $200 million. Another significant example is Memphis Meats, a part of IndieBio which is a pioneer of 'clean meat' and has secured high-profile investors such as Bill Gates and Richard Branson.

Among the individual successes at SOSV, one of the notable is Benjamin Joffe. As a Partner at SOSV, he has brought his extensive knowledge with over a decade of experience in Asia and his understanding of hardware startups, contributing immensely to the success of the HAX program.

On the founder side, Ryan Bethencourt, a successful co-founder from IndieBio, serves as a significant example in SOSV's ecosystem. His work has led to groundbreaking developments within biotech startups.

In terms of notable initiatives, SOSV has launched the Climate Tech 100 initiative. This emphasizes the firm's commitment towards tackling global climatic challenges and reinforcing its focus on environmental sustainability. The list identifies and celebrates companies that make significant strides in environmental technology innovation.

A unique particularity of SOSV is its 'follow-on' funding approach for its startups. Post-accelerator, the firm continues to back their startups, leading to an intensely supportive relationship that fosters sustained growth and development of these early-stage companies.

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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Available Programs

Startup Investor?

SOSV (University) offers investors the opportunity to receive dealflow from individuals, startups and innovations. Get in touch now to find out more about how you can invest in high-growth, innovative projects.

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Event Organiser

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Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHD student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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