Accelerating the best Web3 founders

Alliance is the leading Web3 accelerator and founder community.

Apply for our next cohort by Nov 30.
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What is Alliance?

Since early 2020, we've helped the top 1% of Web3 founders start and grow their companies.

We do so through an intense 3-month program led by leading Web3 experts.

Our community includes fellow founders, lawyers, auditors, liquidity providers, market makers and more.

Accelerator
Web3 Accelerator

116

Startups

204

Founders
DAO Community
Web3 Founder Community

13

Core Team Mentors

490

Network Members
Alliance alumni have founded some of the most impactful Web3 startups.
TokenSets
Acala
Opyn
0x
Synthetix
Kyber Network
dYdX
IDEX
TokenSets
Acala
Opyn
0x
Synthetix
Kyber Network
dYdX
IDEX
imToken
MCDEX
DerivaDEX
Loopring
notional
pods
Vega Protocol
Perpetual Protocol
ParaSwap
DeversiFi
imToken
MCDEX
DerivaDEX
Loopring
notional
pods
Vega Protocol
Perpetual Protocol
ParaSwap
DeversiFi
Swivel Finance
Primitive
DODO DEX
SZNS
Alpha Finance Lab
DFX Finance
Zerion
Ribbon Finance
Injective Protocol
BarnBridge
Saddle Finance
Harvest Finance
Swivel Finance
Primitive
DODO DEX
SZNS
Alpha Finance Lab
DFX Finance
Zerion
Ribbon Finance
Injective Protocol
BarnBridge
Saddle Finance
Harvest Finance
TokenSets
Acala
Opyn
0x
Synthetix
Kyber Network
dYdX
IDEX
imToken
MCDEX
DerivaDEX
Loopring
notional
pods
Vega Protocol
Perpetual Protocol
ParaSwap
DeversiFi
Swivel Finance
Primitive
DODO DEX
SZNS
Alpha Finance Lab
DFX Finance
Zerion
Ribbon Finance
Injective Protocol
BarnBridge
Saddle Finance
Harvest Finance
Pendle
Bancor
Chainflip
Clipper
dTrade
Sherlock
Solrise
Sushiswap
Ubeswap
Hxro
Naos
moola
dTrade
Olympus DAO
AP Wine

Our Mentors

We have assembled a stellar team of mentors. They're here to support and help you build the future of Web3.

Roham Gharegozlou
Co-founder and CEO
Roham Gharegozlou
Kain Warwick
Founder
Kain Warwick
Jeffrey “Jihoz” Zirlin
Co-Founder
Jeffrey “Jihoz” Zirlin
Sandeep Nailwal
Chief Operations Officer
Sandeep Nailwal
Meltem Demirors
Strategy Officer
Meltem Demirors
Peter Johnson
Partner
Peter Johnson
Santiago Santos
Web3 Investor
Santiago Santos
Stani Kulechov
Founder and CEO
Stani Kulechov
Daniel Robinson
Head of Research
Daniel Robinson
Jake Chervinsky
General Counsel
Jake Chervinsky
Bored Elon
Investor, Game Designer
Bored Elon
Gabby Dizon
Co-Founder
Gabby Dizon
Tushar Jain
Managing Partner
Tushar Jain
Anatoly Yakovenko
Founder and CEO
Anatoly  Yakovenko
Colleen Sullivan
Crypto Lead
Colleen Sullivan
Leading crypto ecosystems have partnered with Alliance to help founders build on their protocols.

Why Join our Accelerator?

Domain Expertise

Our network of mentors, market makers, game guilds, legal experts and other service providers will help you navigate the main challenges you'll face building for Web3.

Community

Get instant access to a tight-knit community of exceptional peers. Our founders support each other, share advice, form partnerships and build together.

Investment

Our accelerator program and demo days allow startups to access smart capital from the most value-add investors in Web3.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?
Any Web3 startup at any stage will benefit from the program.

However, your accelerator & mentorship experience might vary slightly depending on whether you're an early stage or later stage team.

For early stage teams, we tend to help navigate customer development and figure out the right product to build. Often times, admitted early stage Web3 teams are working on large markets but need to refine how to best capture the opportunity.

For later stage teams, who already have a strong product thesis, a significant part of our value-add comes from deep domain expertise in Web3-native areas such as token economics, regulations and go-to-market.

Additionally, all founders typically tells us how beneficial our program was to expand their crypto network and connect with fellow top-tier Web3 builders. This often has direct impact on their sales, user testing, partnership & fundraising efforts.
When should I apply?
We run 2 cohorts a year. For each cohort, have both an “Early Admission” and “Regular” deadline.

We strongly encourage teams to submit applications as early as possible, as it maximizes your chances of selection.

Since most teams apply close to the deadline, applying early gives us much more time to review your application.
How much does the program cost?
Nothing. The acceleration program is 100% free. Unlike other accelerators, we do not force investment or equity allocation.

Founders' only obligation is to ensure they have the time and energy to attend sessions and work with mentors. We expect full commitment during the program's 3 months.
I don't understand how the program can be free. What's the catch?
There's no catch.

We are a team of crypto veterans who want to give back to the community.

Our goals are (1) to sprout innovation in Web 3 and (2) build the most founder-friendly network within the space.
Does the program provide funding?
The program is free and does not require any investment.

However, we do offer optional $250k investment for companies looking for funding. There are 2 investment tracks:

→ Early Stage (Standard Deal): For companies early in their journey – for example, that haven't launched yet or that have been working on their current idea for less than 6 months –, we invest at a $7M post-money valuation.

→ Later Stage (Flexible Terms): For companies with strong traction or that are currently raising a multi-million dollar round, we hear from teams which valuation they're raising at and will typically follow the same terms as other investors.

Most teams going through the program choose to take advantage of our Standard Deal.
I need funding now, I can't wait for next cohort. What should I do?
If you'd like to take advantage of Alliance's optional funding but your fundraise timeline doesn't match the next cohort, don't worry. We've often supported startups by funding them before they're accelerated.

Just submit your application as you normally would. We review applications all year long and will invite you to an early interview if your startup meets Alliance's criteria.
Is the program remote?
Yes. The program is entirely remote.

We often host in-person social events during prominent crypto conferences – where our founders have the opportunity to meet and connect with their peers –, but these are entirely optional. All lectures and mentorship sessions happen online.
Do I need to be in a specific location to apply?
No. Alliance startups have historically come from all over the world.

Our sessions are typically 11 am Eastern to best serve global participants.

If timing is a concern, we've got you covered. Recordings are available after each session. And your mentor will work with you to find convenient times for 1:1's.
How long is the program?
The program lasts 3 months.

Teams must dedicate at least 10 hours per week between sessions and mentorship.

Historically, however, our most successful founders go much further and strive to maximize the time spent on lectures, with mentors, and – in the latter half of the program – preparing for Demo Day.
How is the program structured?
The program relies on 4 activities: sessions, 1:1 mentorship, group mentorship and Demo Day.

→ Educational Sessions: We run multiple lectures per week with leading Web3 experts. Details below.

→ 1:1 Mentorship: Startups receive 1:1 mentorship from Alliance partners and our extended network.

→ Group Mentorship: Founders meet weekly to share progress and challenges. Founders help each other identify solutions to blockers with support from Alliance partners.

→ Demo Day: 6 weeks into the program companies start working on their narrative and pitch. Then, on week 12, startups present to our network and graduate from the program.

Each ALL9 startup received an average of 46 intro requests after Demo Day from Web3's most value-add angels or funds, such as Paradigm, Multicoin or Initialized Capital. Most startups also receive significant interest from clients or potential partners.
How are educational sessions structured?
Our domain experts dive deep into specific topics and answer questions from founders.

Examples of sessions we've run include:

DeFi
- Tokenomics by Santiago Roel Santos
- Designing a Liquidity Mining Program by Multicoin
- How to Engage with Market Makers by Jump Captial
- Governance Tokens and Distribution by Larry Sukernik‍

Gaming
- NFTs and In-Game Assets by Gabby (YGG)
- Axie and its Tokenomics by Jihoz (Axie Infinity)
- Web 3 Community Management on Twitter and Discord by James Ross Treacher
- Finding Your First 100 Players by Jason Chapman & Bored Elon

We also hold sessions with ecosystem partners like Solana, Polygon and Uniswap. These provide “state of the union” overviews and technical resources for founders building on these protocols. They're an opportunity for you to meet the teams behind protocols and receive support.
What are my chances of being selected?
Our last cohort (ALL9) had a 1.8% acceptance rate.

59% of accepted teams had received a formal referral from an existing Alliance alum or DAO member.

Founders are sometimes selected on their 2nd or 3rd application so we encourage you to apply again if you're not selected. We often make mistakes. Plus, resilience is a key trait we're screening for.
How can I improve my odds of being selected?
Alliance’s acceptance rate was 1.8% for ALL9; you compete with many hundreds of highly qualified teams. Here are our recommendations for standing out.

1. When writing your application, what's crucial is to take your time and think deeply. We can identify when an application is completed quickly and without care rather than well thought out and structured.

2. Help us quickly understand what you do. You'd be surprised at how often, after minutes of reading an application, we're still scrambling to understand what exactly the company does. Typically that happens when founders avoid direct comparisons (e.g. X for Y) or try to paint too grandiose of a vision for what exactly they're building.

3. We select and invest in founders first. One pattern we've observed in great founders is the ability to express ideas with a high ratio of signal-to-noise. Strive to communicate a lot with as little words as possible. After finishing your first draft, we recommend cutting aggressively. Try to communicate the same information with 50% of the words. Look out for places you may have used jargon and unnecessary adjectives. This will make your application much easier to review and thus increases your odds of getting an interview.

4. In the same vein, avoid using generalities. Weak applicants typically have a lot of “fluff” in their application. Strong founders use precise numbers and facts. All Web3 startups will say, for example, that they're building great products or “giving back” ownership to users. If a statement can be said by any Web3 startup in the world it typically won't help you stand out. Focus on statements that differentiate your application and back them up with facts.

5. Try to teach us something new. When reading applications, we get excited when we learn something new. It could be a new problem we hadn't thought about. Or maybe an interesting customer behavior. You might have figured out a new way to solve a problem that we feel is unique and innovative. Whatever that is, typically founders we accept into the program are able to change our view of the space or of what's possible.

6. Get a referral (as mentioned in the previous answer). We trust the judgement of our alumns and DAO members. If you can convince them that you will succeed & get them to formally refer you through our community platform, your odds of admissions will increase.

7. If you do get an interview, come prepared. Read the “Alliance Interview Guidelines”. Arrive on time. Avoid long tangents. Make it conversational. Have answers ready for questions you'd expect us to ask. The interview won't go according to your plan – but we can see the teams that actually put in the effort beforehand vs. the teams that are winging it.

Apply by Nov 30

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