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investing in founders first

Scale is a hybrid accelerator fund & venture studio imparting time, knowledge, and capital in startups at the earliest stages of development.

At Scale, we care less about ideas and invest in founders first: natural leaders with a deep passion for solving problems with technology. Our 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 with founders building in-person or virtually.

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PROGRAM DETAILS

$40K+ INVESTMENT VIA SAFE
HIRING SUPPORT
ACCOUNTING & LEGAL SUPPORT

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HANDS ON 24/7 SUPPORT FROM THE SCALE TEAM
100S OF INVESTOR, CUSTOMER, AND PARTNER INTROS
RESOURCES TO BUILD

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Investment Thesis

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

OPERATORS BETWEEN THE COASTS ARE BUILT DIFFERENT

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.