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we have a deep appreciation for the struggle founders go through on their company building journey

investing in founders first

Scale is an accelerator fund and venture studio investing monetary and social capital in early-stage tech founders. Founded in 2021 by Willy & Jabbok Schlacks and Jai Malik to help founders who are strengthened by struggle create generational wealth. 

Scale focuses on the founder’s characteristics, skills and habits — rather than ideas. Scale’s goal is not to eliminate struggle but to help cultivate the required skills and mindset to prepare for it.

HOme to the midwest

Scale is headquartered in Columbia, MO, but is investing in founders across North America. Scale is at the center of creating a Silicon Valley effect in the Midwest

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BOOTCAMP DETAILS

SCALE OFFERS AN INTIMATE LEVEL OF SUPPORT FROM SUCCESSFUL OPERATORS

$75K-$100k+ INVESTMENT VIA SAFE
HIRING, OPERATION, & PRODUCT SUPPORT
MENTORSHIP FROM SUCCESSFUL OPERATORS

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SCALE DOES WORK WITH YOU & FOR YOU
INVESTOR, CUSTOMER, AND PARTNER INTROS
RESOURCES TO BUILD (E.g., Office, AWS credits, etc.)

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Investment Thesis

THE GREATEST DRIVER OF VENTURE RETURNS IS THE SELECTION OF FOUNDERS STRENGTHENED BY STRUGGLE

INVESTING IN FEARLESS FOUNDERS THAT DISPLAY OUTLIER TRAITS

struggle

Above all, we seek founders who display extraordinary levels of perseverance in the face of adversity.

Customers First

The best companies are intentionally built with customer discovery prioritized over investor or press interest.

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Capital Constrained

Low access to capital is an advantage. We seek founders motivated to build from first principles. 

Entrepreneurial

Great founders are often not well-known engineers; they are intense entrepreneurs at heart, constantly tinkering with ideas.

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