“Political technology determines political success.”Morton blackwell
Startup Caucus is an accelerator investing in seed and early stage companies that are building products to help Republicans win elections and whose founders will benefit from political education, training, and mentorship.
Elections are won at the margins but sustained success is built with an innovative, dynamic political movement. The circumstances of our nation’s current political climate and the consequences of our elections are too critical for conservatives to afford playing catch up with the Left on political technology. During the 2018 election cycle, the Left invested more than $5 million in venture capital to accelerate emerging technology. On the Right, there is no comparable, organized effort. Until now.
This gap in funding means that, increasingly, access to new political technology is being shut off to Republicans because founders are forced between taking funding from the Left or remaining a bi-partisan company. Additionally, the Right is missing out on a culture of technology innovation and investment.
It’s time for conservatives to practice the free market capitalism we preach when it comes to politics and invest in products and sustainable businesses.
Startup Caucus invests in companies that build products or platforms rather than agencies or consultancies. This is critical for achieving Startup Caucus’ goal of deploying innovative technology at scale up and down the ballot for candidates at every level and with every budget.
Our investments in seed stage companies are based on our assessment of a founder’s ability to execute. We evaluate their background, skill set, and organizational capacity to determine whether we can provide the right mix of investment and training to get them to the next stage.
Seed stage companies we invest in will have a clear business plan, market research, and specific domain expertise to execute on their plan and bring their product to market. These are founders who have experience in the political space and are eager to build a product to solve a problem they know, but need help getting capital and learning the mechanics of starting up a business.
Early stage companies should already have a product built and have clear traction with users. These are products that have a clear emphasis on the political space and need Startup Caucus’ help to scale. Similarly, we are interested in products with an application for campaigns and that need help entering the political market.
Startup Caucus believes that the best way to improve a product is with real user data so we invest in companies and products that will be in the field during the current election cycle.
Startup Caucus is different than a traditional accelerator because we provide portfolio companies with specific training, education, and mentorship to accelerate their success in the political market.
Startup Caucus invests in founders of any political persuasion as long as they are committed to making their company’s products available to Republican candidates.
Eric WilsonManaging Partner
Eric Wilson is a digital-first political strategist based in Washington, DC. He’s a veteran of numerous campaigns, having led Marco Rubio’s digital team during his 2016 campaign for president, served as digital director of Ed Gillespie’s campaign for Virginia Governor in 2017 and US Senate in 2014, and advised on digital strategy for the National Republican Senatorial Campaign in 2016 and the Liberal Party of Australia in 2016. In addition, Eric has held digital strategy roles at the American Action Network, Engage, and the House of Representatives.
Eric is the founder of LearnTestOptimize.com, a website for professionals working at the intersection of technology, marketing, and politics. He’s a proud graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas.