Berkeley Founders, Welcome Home

Startups that join gain access to

Capital
$150,000 - $250,000 in funding for 7-10% equity
Customers
Business development support to find product-market fit, drive go-to-market, and acquire your first customers
Fundraising
Hands-on fundraising support to help you secure your next round of financing
Recruiting
Support from our network and in-house recruiter to build out your early team
Advisory
Access to our domain experts (product, engineering, GTM, hiring, PR, etc.), six of the top AI researchers in the world, and notable Cal alumni founders and executives
Community
Join our growing family of 175+ founders across various stages, learn and connect with others on your journey, and leverage the power of our Cal community
Perks
Up to $500K of free software and discounted services, curated events, and other useful perks to help you grow
We’re proud to have almost 200 amazing founders #inTheHouse across more than 50 companies, including SuperhumanFlexportRallyEkoOasis LabsAnyscaleQueenlyTBHSymbioIota Biosciences and more.
Why founders love us
Scott Shenker
Founder, Nefeli Networks & Nicira | Professor, EECS
The energy, network, and resources that The House Fund brings to Berkeley is changing the landscape of entrepreneurship at Cal. They are bringing together the best resources and building a pathway of support for founders at all stages. Berkeley has been waiting for this.
Vivek Sodera
Co-Founder, Superhuman
The House Fund was one of our earliest supporters. They were helpful with recruiting and investor intros in Series A, and evangelized Superhuman far and wide. They work relentlessly for their startups. This is THE fund that Berkeley has always needed.

50+

Startups

$2B+

Follow-on capital raised

10

Exits
Since inception in 2016, The House Fund has invested in 50+ startups, including 10 exits, backing companies like Flexport (valued at $3B+), Superhuman (the fastest email experience ever made), and founders like Ion Stoica (Co-Founder of Databricks & Anyscale) and Dawn Song (Founder of Oasis Labs). Over 100 firms have follow-on invested over $2 Billion in our startups.

Our Cal roots run deep. The House Fund’s Founding Partners have been building the Berkeley startup community since 2010. Our four Part-Time Alumni Partners have founded companies with combined exits over $1 Billion. Our six Faculty Partners are among the world's leading AI experts. Learn more about our team here.
Acquisitions
Follow-ons
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who is eligible to apply for the Accelerator program?
2. When is the deadline to apply?
3. When will I hear back from you on my application?
4. What are the terms of the funding?
5. How many startups will you be accepting?
6. How is this different from other accelerator programs?
7. What type of companies do you fund?
8. What stage of company will be accepted into the program?
9. Do you have to be a company (incorporated) before you apply?
10. If The House Fund has passed on my startup pitch before, can I still apply?
11. I still have questions about the program. How can I get in touch?