FAQ

How far along should I be with my startup before applying? What is “too early”?


We invest in startups at the earliest stages. As long as you have understood your value propositions, a customer segment and their willingness to pay, you are ready for us. We don’t need to see any product. In fact, we hope we are part of that journey. We sometimes call ourselves the day 0 fund.

Is there a size of a round too big for Unshackled VC to invest in?


Currently, we are focused on leading pre-seed rounds. We are designed to help founders from day 0, so if you are raising more than $500k you are probably not the right fit for us.

We are also big believers in capital efficiency. By raising a small amount of capital at pre-seed startups can validate key assumptions, take major risks off the table and continue to own more equity after the Seed and A rounds of financings. This also plays well as Seed and Series A investors become more focused on results & market traction.

When can I approach you for pre-seed funding?


As soon as you have a big vision you are ready to articulate it. It’s never too early to meet us. We like to hear raw stories and are not afraid in helping shaping them. Warm intros through someone we know and trust are great, but you can also share information about yourself and your startup through a short form here.

If you are a solo founder and would like to be considered for our innovator-in-residence program, send us a note here.

What does the investment process look like?


Each time it’s different. We try to become comfortable as an investor as fast as possible, but the bottom line is that it's all about moving at your speed, while generating high conviction on our end.

What are the requirements to apply for the Innovator-In-Residence Program?


ll applicants should be currently authorized or eligible to be authorized to work in the USA. This includes foreigners who are US citizens, permanent residents, and individuals on work-visas like H-1B, F1, TN, E3, H4, O1, etc. If you are uncertain of your work status, please apply with all details you know and we’ll see if we can consider your application. If you don’t have a work visa yet, but have a business you know we should support, apply anyways.

What do you look for in innovators?


We are looking for passionate technologists with a strong vision for the future of technology and relevant experience to make that vision a reality. 

What should I do if I want to work or intern for Unshackled VC?


We are always looking for talented people to join us in any meaningful capacity. Please email us at info@unshackledvc.com with your resume and an interesting cover letter.

What collaboration opportunities do you look for?


While we are a venture firm, focused on investment opportunities, we always look forward to collaborating with all kinds of organization including and not limited incubators, accelerators, universities and our colleagues in the venture capital industry.

What types of visas do you work with?


If you have work-authorization or can secure work-authorization in the U.S. we will work with you. If you are uncertain of your work status, please apply with all details you know and we’ll see if we can consider your application. If you don’t have a work visa yet, but have a business you know we should support, apply anyways.