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SOSventures

SOSventures is a venture capital firm that invests in startup companies primarily in the technology sector. With headquarters in Cork, Ireland and offices in the United States and China, SOSventures invests globally.

Since 2009, SOSventures has run multiple Accelerator programs in the United States, Asia and Europe, providing early stage companies access to market knowledge, funding and mentorship in concentrated bursts of time.

SOSventures was founded in 1993 by Sean O’Sullivan. Over the past 20 years the firm has invested in over one hundred companies, most of which are less than 4 years old. Of the 22 private companies over 6 years old, 6 became public companies or divisions of public companies listed on the Nasdaq or NYSE. Some continue to be privately held.

The SOSventures portfolio includes IT, Internet & Hardware startups. Some highlight companies: Harmonix (developers of the Guitar Hero series), Carma, net.Genesis, NetCentric, MapInfo, Leap Motion, Formlabs, Sobi, Global Protein Solutions, Mavenhut and Storyful.

In 2009, with a goal of providing start-up companies with immediate exposure and access to market knowledge, mentors and funding in a concentrated amount of time, SOSventures developed Accelerator programs across three continents (China Axlr8r, Haxlr8r, Selr8r, SynBio Axlr8r). The Accelerators focus on start-up development in the areas of hardware, software, sales and biotechnology. As of July 2013, a total of 63 companies worldwide have graduated from these programs.

Haxlr8r runs in the United States and China. It focuses on entrepreneurs building hardware devices. Its first batch graduated in June 2012 and was widely received as the start of a new hardware revolution (New York Times, Forbes, Financial Times, etc). It offers seed funding ($25,000), office space, access to factories, as well as mentorship along with other opportunities for 2-4 person startups to take an idea to a product. Teams also have access to the ‘Ignite Fund’ and can qualify for an extra $25,000 in the form of a convertible note, expanding to hundreds of thousands when financing production runs. Haxlr8r runs programs twice a year.

China Axlr8r was the first mentorship-driven seed-funding program in China, begun in 2009. The accelerator program is geared to Internet entrepreneurs, especially those who target the Chinese markets or come from Asia (although two-thirds of the companies include American or European founders).

Selr8r was the world’s first sales-focused accelerator, and generally is run in Ireland or the UK. Designed to help early-stage companies with market-disrupting products, it is a 50 day program requiring the senior management team to work on sales issues together with the mentors and a call center capability that delivers up to 2,000 calls over the course of the program as the message of the company is refined and discovered. Most of the products going through this program are B2B companies. Selr8r provides funding, technical back up (broadband/phone/fax), sales and (social) media training, telesales (up to 2000 outbound calls), marketing/design services on tap, peer networking, world class mentors, and shared workspace.

SynBio Axlr8r is an accelerator for entrepreneurs building technologies in or around the field of Synthetic Biology. It offers companies seed funding ($30,000) and lab space as well as mentorship to help take an idea to a product.

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Company Date Round Size Participants
Launchpilots 1/2014Seed1
Semantic Search Company 1/2014Seed1
Orbit Minder Limited 1/2014Seed1
PowerOne Media 1/2014Seed1
Tuicool 1/2014Seed1
Gamer Guides 1/2014Seed1
QPD 1/2014Seed1
Metabolomic Diagnostics 1/2014Venture Round€750k2
Future Fleet 12/2013Seed1
OrderWithMe 12/2013Series B$6M6
Skynet Labs 12/2013Seed$324k1
Social Bicycles 11/2013Series A1
Hackster.io 11/2013Seed1
Everpurse 11/2013Seed$25k2
Neo Networks 11/2013Seed1
Oomba 10/2013Debt$1.25M4
Formlabs 10/2013Series A$19M5
AngelList 9/2013Series B1
Eyebrid Blaze 9/2013Seed1
Cherry Blossom Bakery 9/2013Seed1
Siteskin Web Solution 9/2013Seed1
Quixhop 9/2013Seed1
Monitor Backlinks 9/2013Seed1
Makeblock 9/2013Seed1
Hex Labs, Inc. 9/2013Seed1
IG Guitars 9/2013Seed1
Incident Technologies 9/2013Series A1
Melon 9/2013Seed1
Yeelink 8/2013Seed1
Dustcloud 6/2013Seed1
Bombfell 2/2013Seed$730k12
Quotefish 2/2013Seed€6.8k1
Nomiku 12/2012Series A1
Barcoding 12/2012Seed1
Skynet Labs 12/2012Seed€283k2
MavenHut 11/2012Series B€562k1
Futurefleet 10/2012Series A$1.5M1
Getaround 8/2012Series A$13.9M7
Finco 6/2012Series A1
Glowbiotics 4/2012Seed1
Adore Me 4/2012Series A$2.5M4
Lennon Lines 3/2012Seed1
Breezy Gardens 2/2012Seed1
Kindara 2/2012Seed1
AJ Team Products 2/2012Seed1
FLIP4NEW 2/2012Seed1
Oomba 12/2011Seed1
Zartis 12/2011Angel1
OrderWithMe 12/2011Series A$3M2
ShotClip 12/2011Seed1
Powerhouse Dynamics 11/2011Series A$3M1
Silicon Republic 10/2011Seed1
SmarTots 10/2011Seed$750k1
Storyful 10/2011Seed1
Leap Motion 6/2011Seed$1.3M5
Verdex Technologies 5/2011Series B1
Southwest Nanotechnologies 5/2011Series B1
AYLIEN 4/2011Series A$500k2
Collaborate.com 3/2011Seed$1M6
Buz 2/2011Seed1
Carma 12/2010Series A$5.6M1
play140 10/2010Seed$500k1
ASYM III 10/2010Series A1
Marginize 8/2010Seed$650k11
SocialSci 7/2010Angel$500k6
GetO2 3/2010Seed1
Global Protein Solutions 11/2009Series A1
Green Earth Technologies 11/2009Seed1
Hunton Oil 9/2009Seed1
Carma 4/2009Seed$2.5M1
Mapflow 3/2007Venture Round$5.1M1
Carma 3/2007Seed$2M1

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