FUSION is a venture-backed accelerator for Israeli
start-ups in the US.

We work with early-stage founders in the trenches, providing the first institutional capital and a support system to scale their company in the US. We help with first hires, product, customers and fundraising.

We invest $110K in each company and selectively accept 6-9 teams every 6 months to go through our intensive go-to-market and mentorship-driven program. During the program, we facilitate meetings between our Israeli founders and Venture Capitalists, angels, tech executives & like-minded entrepreneurs in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.

Since 2017, a total of 65 companies have gone through the Fusion accelerator. Collectively, they have gone on raise +$200 million and have a combined market cap of +$600 million.

The Process
We invest $150,000 in your startup and help you hit the ground running with the Fusion Platform - providing knowledge, tools, connections, and funding for pre-seed Israeli startups.
Apply
We review applications on a rolling basis. Over 1,200 companies apply every year, competing for less than 20 slots in the Fusion program.
Get Funded
We'll wire you $150,000 as soon as you’re accepted to our accelerator. Simple as that. If you haven't incorporated your business yet, we'll help you do it. The capital comes from our investors: top-tier VCs and 50+ serial founders, all committed to helping the next generation of founders succeed.
Build Your Company
You’ll join our 10-week intensive bootcamp in Tel Aviv, Silicon Valley, New York, and Los Angeles. You'll participate in 150+ sessions presented by serial founders, investors, and mentors to set your company on a strong foundation. You’ll be introduced to potential advisors, investors, and customers. You’ll engage with the market and crystallize your story.
Find Your North Star
The partners at Fusion will help you strategize and build a business plan, and hone in on the right metrics to validate your idea and value proposition with real users.
Raise Your Next Round (At Your Pace)
We’ll help you raise your next round whenever you’re ready (not just during demo day), by facilitating dozens of intros to angel investors and VC firms in Israel and the US. We’re often still making intros even years after a program has ended!
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Next Batch: Spring 2022
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FAQs

Applications

What kind of start-ups are you looking for?

We’re looking to work with Israel-led, pre-seed start-ups from all industries that want to grow their company in the US market. We invest in first-time teams that operate in non-traditional markets, and help them find their first customers, hires and investors. Fusion is often the first check, with incorporation, and earlier than anyone else.

Our companies operate in big markets that are usually underserved by the Israeli VC market. We love vertical SaaS and consumer, and have backed teams across the board in a variety of industries: Enterprise Software, Gaming, Wellness, Education, Insurance, Clean Energy, Future of Work, Real Estate & Mobility to name a few.

How can I apply?

Founders can APPLY HERE for a $150,000 investment as part of the Fusion Accelerator program. We review applications on a rolling basis. Over 1,200 companies apply every year, competing for less than 20 slots in the Fusion program. Our screening process is entirely virtual & remote. All founders receive feedback and know their status through every step.

What does the application process look like?

We run a quick investment process. We invest $150,000 in each company that is accepted to go through our accelerator program.  It takes us up to 2 weeks from the first meeting to decide whether we'll make an offer (send a Term Sheet). 

We don't like to waste founders' time. Our screening process is entirely virtual & remote. All founders receive feedback and know their status through every step. We look forward to reviewing it and we appreciate your time & effort in our process.

Can I apply as a single founder?

Yes.

Are we eligible to apply if we outsource the software development?

Yes, as long as one of the founders has technical capabilities.

Do we need to write a business plan?

No. We don’t ask for business plans and/or budgets. We make our decisions based on the application form and our personal meetings with you.

Do we need a one-pager or a presentation?

Preferably yes. It helps us get a sense of how you pitch, think and value your start-up.

Will our application form and info be kept confidential? (or: Do you sign an NDA?)

We keep your info confidential - only our advisors and investment team will have access to it. Nevertheless, we do not sign an NDA agreement (almost no VC or accelerator would do so with an early-stage start-up).

Our Program & Deal

What is the Fusion Accelerator?

We produce twice a year a 10-week intensive bootcamp in Tel Aviv, Silicon Valley, New York and Los Angeles. You’ll learn from industry veterans in 150+ valuable classes.

You'll participate in 150+ sessions presented by serial founders, investors, and mentors to set your company on a strong foundation. You’ll be introduced to potential advisors, investors, and customers. You’ll engage with the market and crystallize your story.

We believe that to scale quickly and most effectively, founders need to “engage” with their market as soon as possible. It is the fastest and most efficient way to gain valuable feedback, and create relationships with potential customers, partners and investors.

‍We invite our founders (typically the CEO) to participate in our structured curriculum. The accelerator sessions and professional workshops take place in-person and remote over zoom. We produce bootcamp days in Tel Aviv and a roadshow in the US. Due to COVID-19, we reserve the right to adjust programming accordingly to keep everyone safe & healthy.

What are the deal terms?

We invest $150,000 in exchange for 7.5%. The investment is structured as a convertible note (SAFE), based on Silicon Valley industry standards.

We'll wire you $150,000 as soon as you’re accepted to our accelerator. Simple as that. If you haven't incorporated your business yet, we'll help you do it. The capital comes from our investors: top-tier VCs and 50+ serial founders, all committed to helping the next generation of founders succeed.

Do you provide additional benefits?

All Fusion portfolio companies enjoy free programs & perks from AWS, Azure, GCP, Hubspot, Notion, Monday, Stripe and many more. We work with the best legal & financial service providers in Israel as partners.

Our benefits are valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars.

We've already got some funding / have been working on our start-up for a while. Can we still apply?

Sure. We backed Israeli start-ups that have raised initial capital from private investors & VCs and/or have been “on the road” for a while.

Is the valuation negotiable?

No. We offer the same terms for all participating companies.

Many of our startups have already raised capital at a higher valuation, and they don’t come to Fusion for the money – they do it because they are interested in scaling their business in the US and be part of our leading pre-seed platform.

We work closely with you to build your advisory, hire talent, get customers and find your North Star. The program is just the beginning of a journey: As strategic partners and stakeholders, we help our portfolio companies raise their next round, facilitating dozens of intros to angels and VCs in Israel and the US. We often do this with portfolio companies years after they’ve graduated from our accelerator.

US Go-To-Market & Road-Show

Why the US?

Nearly all Israeli founders focus their ambitions on the US market from day-one. And for good reason – the overwhelming majority of Israeli exits are in cooperation with American entities:

  • 80% of acquisitions of Israeli tech companies are by US corporations.
  • More than 70 Israeli unicorns were listed on NASDAQ/NYSE over the last two years.

Fusion is on a mission to empower the innovative Israeli tech sector with the contacts and know-how it needs to scale in the United States. We provide a bridge between early-stage Israeli startups and the US market.

Do we have to set up a US company to get accepted?

We encourage all of our portfolio companies to set up a Delaware C-Corp as soon as possible. If you intend to grow your business in the US, you will eventually do it. Many investors in the US (including VCs & Angels) will never invest in Israeli LTDs because of tax & legal issues. It's not pre-condition to set up a US company to participate in Fusion.

Can you provide us with US visas?

During our US roadshow & accelerator program, a tourist visa should be enough.

While we don’t get directly involved with visas, we do:

1.Connect you with founders and alumni that have relocated to the US who will be happy to give you advice.

2.Introduce you to experienced immigration lawyers & partners to set up your US operation.

Israeli citizens require a visa to enter the US – we recommend scheduling an appointment with the US Embassy to get a B1/B2 visa, if you don’t have one already. EU passport holders should be eligible for the ESTA Visa Waiver program.

‍PLEASE NOTE: The purpose of your trip is to attend business-related meetings and activities that advance your company, such as meetings with prospective investors and clients.

Do you provide a business address in the US?

Portfolio companies use Fusion’s office as a business address for their US operations. Address: 730 Arizona Ave, Suite 206, Santa Monica, CA 90401 | Fusion

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We don't want to participate in the program / your funding, but will you consider working with us in a different model?

No. We focus all our efforts in giving value to the Fusion portfolio companies. We’re not “finders” and won’t accept other compensation offers.

I'm starting a start-up. Can I meet with you?

Applying to the program would be the best way to engage with us. We review applications on a rolling basis. Over 1,200 companies apply every year, competing for less than 20 slots in the Fusion program. Our screening process is entirely virtual & remote. All founders receive feedback and know their status through every step.

It’s never too early to apply, and our partners meet with every founder that is relevant to Fusion. Unfortunately, we can’t meet for coffee with every start-up that wants our general advice.

If you have a different question and/or a special inquiry (that we didn’t cover in our FAQ), feel free to drop us a line at guy@fusion-vc.com. We appreciate accuracy combined with relevancy. Please communicate relevant information for your request and make a clear and concrete ask.

Can you recommend other investors who might be interested in our start-up? Can you make intros for us?

When we refer start-up founders to investors, it means we are recommending them – hence, we know them well and preferably have worked with them. If we don’t know you well, we can’t recommend you.

We are not “finders” - we don’t make intros for commissions and/or other compensation offers.

If you’re looking for investors, your best alternative is to find people within your network (or sometimes, beyond it) who are involved within the tech industry and know you well, and ask them for their assistance.

Next Batch: Fall 2022
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