We provide access to seed funding, quality mentors, and services you need to start up in the United States.
IA is focused solely on investing in companies with foreign born founders.
We are more than an accelerator program; IA is a trusted co-founder for your stateside venture. We are dedicated to helping foreign born entrepreneurs set up their U.S. company, give it an “American look and feel,” and lay a sturdy foundation to build a global business.
Our experienced team leverages years of international business, design, and entrepreneurial expertise, as well as access to industry experts, active investors and potential customers.
At IA, our goal is to bring startups in and send them out with impressive products and the capability to stand on their own feet. Being entrepreneurs ourselves, we clearly know the hardships and worries all you have. We make small investments in return for small stakes. Apart from money, we are always here to give the help customized for you, so you can focus on your product and leave the rest to us.
Culture & Values
Identify, Engage, and Partner with non-US entrepreneurs to help them enter and succeed in the US commercial market.
Help the international community to benefit from the world’s brightest ideas and support talent without borders.
We face Challenges: Taking the most of each challenge for our growth.
We are Visionary: Where others see obstacles, we see opportunities.
We leave a Legacy: Successful IA graduates provide new opportunities for jobs and well-being, and are valuable additions to society in their home country, as well as the US.
Meet Our Founder
Angelos Angelou came to Texas from Greece as a university student in the late 70s. As a distinguished economic development leader for the Chamber of Commerce since the early 80s, he was “chief architect” of Austin’s rapid transformation into a global technology hub. Angelos led a team effort at the Chamber to recruit over 800 companies (many international like Samsung and Tokyo Electron) and helped bring 70,000 direct and 250,000 indirect jobs to Austin.
Angelos was struck by the number of successful companies that were founded by foreign-born entrepreneurs and soon began working with a Greek startup called Schoox as a mentor and investor in 2012. He saw firsthand the difficulties Schoox’s founder experienced in moving the company to the USA, and he wanted to pave an easier road to Austin for other foreign entrepreneurs.
He realized that all foreign born entrepreneurs need an American ally for their companies and products to have the opportunity to succeed here. Thus, he created the International Accelerator to act as that ally for a greater number of companies.
Coupled with his personal story of moving to the USA from Greece as a teenager, he wanted to pave an easier road to Austin for other foreign entrepreneurs.