Accel Partners

Accel is a leading early and growth-stage venture capital fund. They back tech-based startups with the potential to become world-class and category-defining businesses. Accel is a global investment firm, focusing on Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Type VC

Investment info

Invests in
Go to market
Growth and expansion
Investment range
€ 0,5 - 1M
€ 1 - 5M
€ > 5M
Primary markets
Consumer, Companies, Marketplace
Investing in countries
Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden

Focus areas

Consumer Goods
Consumer Goods
Energy & Greentech
Energy & Greentech
Media & Entertainment
Media & Entertainment
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Key people

General Partner & Co-Founder

Dr. Jim R. Swartz

General Partner and Co-Founder

Arthur C. Patterson

Invests in SDGs


More about Accel Partners

Accel invests in technology-driven companies in the fields of Software, Mobile, Enterprise Software, Financial Technology, Design, Big Data, Internet of Things, Security, and Media. Their investments range over a broad spectrum of stages, funding companies from incubation to growth-stage.



The fund was founded in 1983 by Arthur Patterson and Jim Swartz. With headquarters in Palo Alto, Accel has been an integral part of the international startup scene for more than three decades. They have currently made over 900 investments in more than 500 companies and raised funds amounting to $19.56 billion.


How much do they invest?

The investments made by Accel vary drastically depending on the company. Previous Series A investments have ranged between  $4,4 - 25 million. Accel takes minority stakes in its portfolio companies and seeks investments with a minimum sales value of $5 million.


How do they work?

To seek investments from Accel, you should approach them with a brief description of your project. If your project is found to suit the portfolio of Accel, you will be contacted for further discussion. 


This makes a difference to them

Accel’s investment approach is broad and they support many different types of startups in all phases of development. They value strong teams with sound business plans and disruptive ideas.

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