Less than 5% acceptance rate: we carefully select startups from thousands of applications.
“A much higher screening process.”— Jason Calacanis about Republic
The selection and review process:
We first look for strong positive signals using the FPTM model:
Founders — Product — Traction — Mission
Does this founder have the skills and vision to succeed? We look for dedication, diversity, location, charisma, experience, vision, track record, network, competence, long-term partner, and ability to execute, among other things.
Is the idea (the problem and solution) compelling? What does the execution, quality, attention to detail, and technology look like?
Has there been measurable progress, growth, and social proof? Is the company backed by other notable investors? Did they manage to get good press?
How is this startup going to make an impact on the world?
After we determine that a startup is a good fit, we kick-off the formal due diligence process. We review each startup’s pitch deck, conduct screening calls, and complete independent research to better understand the startup’s business and, if necessary, tap into our networks to help us evaluate the following factors:
Business modelHow does the startup make or intend to make money? How much can it make?
Social impactHow big is their impact and how will they fulfill their mission?
MarketHow large or disruptive can this business be? What advantages do they have over their competitors?
TechnologyHow is technology used to solve the problem? Is it unique or difficult to replicate?
TeamBeyond the founders, does the team have the right people in the appropriate roles—including experienced advisors?
Fact checkingIs the information presented in the pitch true? We verify key facts, contracts, and investments.
TermsIs the valuation cap and other terms appropriate given the startup’s current stage and traction?
RunwayDoes the startup have enough runway to survive without the Republic campaign? Are the funding goals reasonable for the startup’s runway?
EligibilityDoes the startup meet the legal criteria for a regulated crowdfunding offering? We do a thorough financial and legal review, and run background checks on founders and officers. All companies must be U.S.-based.
See also: how we select and screen crypto projects.
After completing our due diligence, we will decide whether to offer the company the opportunity to raise on Republic.
Once the proper documentation is prepared, the startup will go live on Republic, where we will continue to monitor the campaign and help educate and protect investors.
We have deep knowledge and roots in the venture world and the startup ecosystem. Republic spun out of AngelList—the world’s #1 platform for accredited private company investing—and has since attracted the top talent from companies like NASA, Merrill Lynch, Facebook, Google, Blackrock, CoinList, Goldman Sachs, and others.
Our team’s educational background features some of the world’s best schools, including Harvard Business School, Stanford, Duke, Berkeley, Oxford and Cambridge, and others.
Much of our deal flow comes recommended by our vast network of partners:
venture funds, accelerators, incubators, advisors, angel investors and founders networks.
Republic is an investor in each startup on our platform—we stand behind our companies and consider them partners. We rep them post-fundraise and help with follow-on rounds.
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Republic curates startups based on the above methods and in line with applicable Regulation Crowdfunding Rules (Title III — Reg CF). Crowd SAFE investments, are subject to the same risks of all investments, meaning there can be a total loss of principal. Republic makes no assurance as to the completeness or accuracy of any information posted by companies, please conduct your own diligence before investing on Republic.