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Headquarters Location

United States, Palo Alto


Accel was established in 1983, and is a well known VC. This investor is located in North America, United States. The primary office of this VC is located in Palo Alto.

The fund performance shows that this VC achieves 17 percentage points more exits in comparison to other VCs. The most exits for the fund occurred in 2014. Typical investments for this fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. In comparison with other funds, Accel makes 8 percentage points less than the average number of lead investments. In 2015, the fund's activity was at its peak. Besides, in 2019 the fund was active. The average start-up valuation at the time of investment from Accel is 500 millions - 1 billion dollars. The fund usually participates in more than 49 investment rounds per year.

The fund was established by Arthur Patterson, Jim Swartz. Besides the listed founders, we have found 25 key employees of this fund in our database.

The fund usually invests in rounds together with 4-5 others. Along with Accel, start-ups are often financed by monashees, Trinity Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures as well as 620 other investors. The fund often co-invests with Trinity Ventures, Pitango Venture Capital, Pelion Venture Partners, overall with 657 funds from our list. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually supported by, Venrock, Upfront Ventures, out of 523 investors from our database.

Facebook, Spotify, Slack Technologies are amongst the various portfolio companies of this fund. Among their most successful investment fields, we have identified Enterprise Software, E-Commerce. Also, because of its portfolio diversification tendency, we can highlight 221 more industries for this fund. The fund has no a preferred number of founders for start-ups that it invests in. If there are 5+ founders in the start-up, the probability of getting the investment is low. Also, a start-up has to be aged 4-5 years to expect investment from this fund. The country of its establishment and the country of its most frequent investments coincides - United States. However, start-ups from 25 other countries can be found in the fund's portfolio.

Year Founded


Fund Activity


Mail Rule [rules by which you can get an email of an interesting for you fund employee, knowing only the name and surname of this employee]

Domain name:; User name format in descending order of probability: first_initial last, first last, first, first last_initial, last

Group Appearance [how often fund is operating separately from groups with shared interest]

98.3% of cases

Investments per Year [average amount of rounds in which fund participates each year]


Follow-on Index [how often fund is ready to support its portfolio startup at next rounds]

39.6% of cases

Average Multiplicator [the average ratio of the last valuation of portfolio startups to their total amount of financing raised]


Average Portfolio Company
Exit Age [the average age of portfolio startups at which they go public or become acquired]

5 years

Decision Makers / Strategy
Similarity Index [see explanation at]

0.13 out of 1

Success / Strategy Similarity
Index [the matching between fund's investment strategy and its proved successes in the form of portfolio startups high valuations]

0.97 out of 1

Number of Unicorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $1B]


Number of Decacorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $10B]


Number of Hectocorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $100B]


Number of Minotaurs [amount of portfolio companies, which raised more then $1B in total]


Funds Investing in Previous

monashees, Trinity Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures

Funds Investing in Following
Rounds, Venrock, Upfront Ventures

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