At UpWest, we believe that to scale quickly and most effectively, founders need to immerse themselves in their market as soon as possible. It is the fastest way to gain valuable customer insights, create partnerships, and build the momentum needed to grow your business rapidly. That is why we invest in companies of a variety of stages and domains that desire to set up their business operations in the US and hit the ground running.
To get a better sense of who we invest in, feel free to check out our portfolio.
We aim to invest a few hundred thousand dollars per startup over the course of the company’s lifetime. Following the initial investment, our entrepreneurs jump-start their journey with an intensive first few months in Silicon Valley. The most effective months for arrival to the Silicon Valley are either February (after the winter holidays) or September (after the summer) to allow for a stretch of uninterrupted work and effective access to the local ecosystem. However, in the past we have brought startups to the US throughout the year.
We invest year-round, targeting no more than 10-12 startups each year. By investing in a limited number of companies each year, we can continue to spend significant time with our US-headquartered startups in the years that follow. Our support is further augmented by our strong community of dedicated mentors.
No matter what stage you are at, if you are looking to build an impactful global company, we would love to hear from you. Our Partners are based in Silicon Valley, though spend significant time in Israel throughout the year. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to set up time to chat.
We are in Israel from early November ’16 until January ’17, please email us to set up time to meet.