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Accelerator NFX Guild unveiled its second startup batch today: Here’s who just graduated

The year-old Bay Area accelerator NFX Guild presented 16 companies to a crowded room of 200 investors down on Sand Hill Road today, and the room was reportedly very energized.

Little wonder. NFX was founded by seasoned entrepreneurs and operators James Currier, Stan Chudnovsky and Gigi Levy Weiss. Its companies are referred to the outfit by a network of 42 scouts — some of them investors, many of them entrepreneurs, and a fair number who work double-time as angel investors. (No company can enter into the program without being routed through them.)

Even more attractive to investors, presumably: These startups are centered around fully formed ideas by the time they hit NFX. Indeed, fully 13 of the 16 companies that presented today had already raised funding, and some were started by pretty big wheels. Wheelwell, for example, a Houzz-like platform automotive parts, accessories and services, was cofounded by the person who established Apple’s Mac Genius service in Apple’s retail stores. Meanwhile, the CEO of Outdoorsy has already led two public companies.

Companies admitted by NFX are given $120,000, along with 30 hours of programming, mentoring, and introductions to investors. NFX in turn gets 7 percent of their company. (If they’ve already raised more than $750,000, NFX asks for 5 percent.)

Today’s batch represents NFX’s second class, and the companies are still meeting with VCs, so it’s probably not too late to kick the tires if you’re an investor — or check out your newest peers if you’re a founder. You can check them out in this slideshow.

 

To view the companies who participated in this batch, click here

 

iAngels Partners With NFX Guild to Fund Top Startups

iAngels, the angel investing network that grants private investors access to exclusive early-stage Israeli technology companies alongside leading angels and venture funds, announced today that it will invest in NFX Guild’s Winter 2016 class of handpicked companies.  With this announcement, iAngels’ investment community members can each participate by investing a minimum of $50,000 into this unique portfolio of companies through http://www.iangels.co .
Choosing iAngels as its co-investor was an easy choice for NFX. “iAngels has a network of investors who appreciate early-stage deals and quickly close funding rounds,” said Gigi Levy-Weiss, one of Israel’s most successful angel investors. “Our accelerator prepares entrepreneurs to make the most of this funding opportunity so that once they graduate from the accelerator they are better positioned for a more significant round at iAngels and other VC groups.”
“One of iAngels unique differentiators is the ability to provide our investor community worldwide unparalleled access to some of the most exclusive investment opportunities in the world” said Mor Assia, Founding Partners at iAngels. “Investing with the NFX Guild in the stellar class of winter 2016 is a prime example”.
NFX Guild, founded by American and Israeli industry veterans James Currier, Stan Chudnovsky, and Gigi Levy-Weiss, is a by-invitation-only accelerator for digital networks and marketplaces focused on building the next generation of unicorns. NFX Guild runs a prestigious three-month program in the Bay Area twice per year for 15-20 companies, with Silicon Valley and Israeli entrepreneurs working side-by-side.
“After two years of bringing Israel’s exclusive early-stage deal flow to our global investment community, our investors will now gain access to a diversified and prestigious portfolio of Israeli and US early-stage technology companies that have passed through a rigorous screening process and received mentorship from some of the most respected entrepreneurs and investors in the world,” added Shelly Hod Moyal, Founding Partner at iAngels.
iAngels continues to expand as it approaches its second year anniversary with 15 employees and 25 investments in its portfolio. The company has enjoyed two exits to date, and has recently announced a $15 million strategic alliance with The Thorney Group in Australia.

This article originally appeared on PR Newswire