I  The Design Accelerator


     Office Locations:

1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Media & Digital Media
  • Software & Internet



    The Design Accelerator focuses on early stage design and technology businesses with opportunities to use great design as a critical disruption point. The Accelerator uses proven low-cost startup management techniques to spur growth. The Design Accelerator and its seed-stage investment fund are for-profit entities created by Art Center College of Design in partnership with Caltech. The Accelerator seated its first set of startup companies in June, 2013. The Design Accelerator is funded by private investors, venture capitalists and strategic partners.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Erik Hovanec Co-Founder
    Kenneth Kam Venture Partner
    Marcus Filipovich Venture Partner
    Mark Breitenberg Co-Founder


    Portfolio companies include:


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