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Clearbanc Launches ClearAngel to Automate Growth & Mentorship for Early Stage Founders

Clearbanc has invested more than $1.6B in over 4,000 companies to date, launches ClearAngel to automate support for the 99% of founders who don’t have access to wealthy angels or an experienced board or advisor network, will invest $100M across 5,000 companies in the next two years


Clearbanc, the company changing the way founders grow their business and the world’s largest eCommerce investor, today announced the public beta of ClearAngel. For the first time, founders at the earliest stage can get automated guidance and equity-free capital through an extensive data platform to accelerate their first years of business, helping answer the questions and avoid the pitfalls many founders face. 

An Angel Investor for Every Founder 

More than 50% of businesses fail in their first 5 years, but the 4,000 companies Clearbanc has backed grow 2x faster than those who don’t take Clearbanc capital. ClearAngel opens that growth advantage to a new group of founders with revenues as low as $1,000/month who are too “small” for more traditional routes like small business funding or don’t have the network for a mentor or angel investor. 

“We’ve invested $1.6 billion in more than 4,000 companies, but had to turn down ten times more founders than we funded because they didn’t meet our revenue threshold,” said Andrew D’Souza, co-founder and CEO of Clearbanc. “It’s never been easier to start a business but it’s still insanely hard to build a successful one, and so many founders need someone they can lean on for advice. ClearAngel is our first product for early-stage founders from all walks of life who are seeing initial traction, but don’t have the experience or network to raise an angel round or get into Y Combinator.” 

Using AI to Support Small Businesses 

ClearAngel uses AI to answer the most common questions that early-stage founders ask: How is my business doing? How am I doing compared to others in my space? How do I fix my supply chain? What’s broken in my checkout process? What’s the one thing I need to do this week to improve my margins and move my business forward? 

With ClearAngel, founders get custom data insights and advice on how their business is doing and how to reach new milestones in revenues and customer acquisition, automating the 3 things founders need most:

  • Advice: Early-stage founders don’t know what they don’t know. ClearAngel acts as an automated angel investor, analyzing a business’s daily data and comparing performance to tens of thousands of other companies to tell founders how they size up to their peers, and give specific “to do’s” to reach new customers and grow revenues. 

  • Capital: Clearbanc will invest $10,000-50,000 for 2% of a company’s revenue for 4 years. Businesses need to be generating at least $1,000/month and be willing to take the business full time. This is the first investment to come with a 30-day “money-back guarantee” where founders can return the capital with no obligation if they don’t find value in the first month. 

  • Network: ClearAngel companies have access to Clearbanc’s extensive network of partners, VCs, and vendors to help accelerate their business. 

Clearbanc AV has invested in 20 online companies like I Am Nurtured and Zafira, and offers a range of investments from $10,000 - $50,000 and founders pay up to 2% of their revenue over four years. Customers will also be eligible for top-ups where more capital can be injected into their business without their revenue share increasing. 

“I am a registered dietitian by trade, so my area of expertise with I Am Nurtured is building out incredible products to make happy moms,” said Jeanne Reilly, Co-founder of I Am Nurtured. ClearAngel takes the guesswork out of building a business, giving us the additional knowledge and insights we need to take our business to the next level. Having exclusive data on our industry, and being shown key benchmarks gives us the confidence we can get there.” 

Founders can visit  to join the waitlist to be part of the public beta and learn more. 

About Clearbanc

Co-founded in 2015 by Michele Romanow from Canada’s Shark Tank (Dragons’ Den), Andrew D’Souza, Ivan Gritsiniak, Charlie Feng, and Tanay Delima, Clearbanc offers the most founder-friendly capital solutions for e-commerce, mobile apps, and SaaS founders. For more information visit and @clearbanc.


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