What would win nearly every time? What if you knew in advance which growth strategies would succeed, and which would fail?
Clayton Christensen, Disruptive Innovation


The Southern California Accelerator at Co-Merge combines elements of an accelerator, an incubator, and a early stage venture fund.  Accelerator is not, however, a venture capital fund, not in the traditional sense of the term.

“What has made possible the emergence of the entrepreneurial economy in America is new applications of management … to new enterprises; … to small enterprises; … and above all to systematic innovation”.
Peter Drucker, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Accelerator identifies early stage investment opportunities, as young as the concept stage of development, and develops a fund to invest in those opportunities.  Opportunities originate with entrepreneurs or with university scholars who develop practical solutions to pressing problems.

“If I’d asked customers what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.”
Attributed to Henry Ford

SoCal Accelerator and Accelerator Partners rigorously assesses early-stage opportunities to understand the appropriate business model, market positioning, nature of the innovation within the marketplace, appropriate strategy for success, financial needs, and return on investment.  Opportunities that pass the assessment proceed to a management and leadership assessment, and, clearing that hurdle, are eligible for early-stage funding subject to agreement on terms.

SoCal Accelerator is operated by Accelerator Partners, a California benefit corporation, under its bylaws designed to perform some public benefit. A portion of whatever profit Accelerator Partners earns will be donated to benefit the community.
Portfolio Profile


  • Small, med & large enterprise potential
  • Low, medium or high growth potential
  • Nano – to micro-cap companies


  • Concept-to-Commercialization
  • Development-to-Commercialization

SoCal Accelerator identifies early stage opportunities across a variety of industries using a rigorous set of analytical tools and will invest in selected ventures.  Beyond the analytics, a crucial criteria is entrepreneur coachability; Accelerator Partners is a hands-on investor.