Best Startup Resources in California


California is the hot bed of innovation in the US, and perhaps the world. It attracts high quality talent, entrepreneurs, investors, and companies from all over the world. It is home to Hollywood, Los Angeles; it is home to the Silicon Valley; it is home to San Diego, a major foreign trade center in the US. Not to mention the talent powerhouse that is Berkeley, and its world-famous university. The entire state of California is where the American Dream comes true. So, if you are a startup and have a dream of your own, then here are some of the best resources that can help you realize your dreams.

 

Y Combinator

Y Combinator is located in Mountainview, California. It is, arguably, the most popular accelerator program in the entire world. Y Combinator has a unique strategy. It invests a small amount of money on a large number of startups. Any startup that qualifies for their accelerator program are shipped to the Silicon Valley, where they undergo a 3-month acceleration program, which culminates in the Demo Day. The Demo Day is when the startups will present their pitches to a large audience of investors. Y Combinator has an immense network of investors, entrepreneurs, and companies, which makes it a go-to resources for many startups.

 

The Founder Institute

The Founder Institute is an accelerator, which lays a high emphasis on mentorship. It offers mentorship and coaching for early stage startups to help them become a sustainable business. They offer a full range of services from building highly talented teams to developing products and then raising the funds. The Founder Institute is not an investor, but its large network of investors is highly resourceful.

 

Plug and Play

They are among the most active startup incubator and accelerator in the Silicon Valley. In fact, they have operations worldwide, and provide funding to 100 companies every year. They have an in-house accelerator program that offers everything from co-working spaces to paperwork assistance to entrepreneurial training. Some of the success stories to come out of Plug and Play crucible include PayPal, Dropbox, SoundHound, and many more.

 

AngelPad

AngelPad offers a highly personalized accelerator program for each of the 24 startups that it accepts in 2 batches per year. Its programs are designed to get startups up and running. They offer co-working spaces, funding, and the necessary resources to create a viable process, product, or service, which can then be pitched to the investors for more rounds of funding.