The help and feedback that founders need

The help and feedback
that founders need

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As a founder, you know that
you need to move fast.

As a founder, you know that you need to move fast.

When you're a founder, there isn't much time to think about anything but your business.

And you're wearing all the hats -- setting the vision, building the team, managing the product, selling, and maybe even fundraising. No one starts out great at all of those different skillsets.

It's hard and lonely work being a founder. There aren't a lot of people who can understand what you're going through, and you don't always want to talk about it either.

It's not a surprise that most founders find a ton of benefit in being around other founders. Other people who have been there, done that, and can help you navigate the questions.

The Unreal Collective accelerator creates a place for founders and freelancers to help each other move faster. The accelerator is intentionally light on "curriculum" and heavy on structure. We meet once per week for an hour on a video call, in addition to a kickoff, mid-point, and finale call with the whole cohort.

Our goal is not to give you more to do, our goal is to help you identify the things that are truly important, but not urgent. We help you find answers and focus on the things that will truly move the needle in your business.

We provide the structure to identify those activities and the support to get them done. And you don't have to take our word for it!

When you're a founder, there isn't much time to think about anything but your business.

And you're wearing all the hats -- setting the vision, building the team, managing the product, selling, and maybe even fundraising. No one starts out great at all of those different skillsets.

It's hard and lonely work being a founder. There aren't a lot of people who can understand what you're going through, and you don't always want to talk about it either.

It's not a surprise that most founders find a ton of benefit in being around other founders. Other people who have been there, done that, and can help you navigate the questions.

The Unreal Collective accelerator creates a place for founders and freelancers to help each other move faster. The accelerator is intentionally light on "curriculum" and heavy on structure. We meet once per week for an hour on a video call, in addition to a kickoff, mid-point, and finale call with the whole cohort.

Our goal is not to give you more to do, our goal is to help you identify the things that are truly important, but not urgent. We help you find answers and focus on the things that will truly move the needle in your business.

We provide the structure to identify those activities and the support to get them done. And you don't have to take our word for it!

Travis launched his beta product and kicked off his fundraise

Travis launched his beta product and kicked off his fundraise

Travis is the founder and CEO of TribeVest, a platform for small-group investing.

When Travis joined Unreal, he was just getting started full time building TribeVest. Through the accelerator, Travis refined his pitch deck, began building his MVP, building his team, and even kicked off his fundraise.

Shortly after the accelerator, Travis used his deck to win a local pitch competition!

Learn more about Tribevest here

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"It has led to valuable networking. In fact, I've partnered with Unreal members, past members, and hired some folks to help me at TribeVest."
Travis Smith, founder and CEO of TribeVest

Lindsey launched her rebrand and
new subscription service

Lindsey launched her rebrand and new subscription service

Lindsey is the founder and CEO of CONCUR.

When Lindsey joined Unreal, she was in need of a rebrand for her already successful product, Balm Skincare. Not only that, but she needed to find a packaging partner, prepare a fundraising deck, and more.

Through the accelerator, Lindsey found a packaging partner, launched a successful rebrand from Balm to CONCUR, and began selling a new subscription product.

Learn more about CONCUR here

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"Jay was able to connect me with the right people even outside of my group to really handle some of the bigger problems that I had."
Lindsey Moeller, founder and CEO of CONCUR
 

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Hey, my name is Jay Clouse.

I'm the founder of Unreal Collective, host of the upside podcast, and author for Linkedin Learning / Lynda.com teaching product management and freelancing.

I've been both a founder and a freelancer. Previously, I was the Chief Operating Officer of Tixers, which was acquired in 2015. Then I spent time as a product manager at a venture-backed startup, and left that to freelance.

Through Unreal, I've worked with 55 incredible individuals who have had multi-million dollar exits, six-figure crowdfunding campaigns, left their jobs to go full-time freelance, and bootstrapped technology companies.

I'm here to help you identify the important work and get it done. And not only am I here to lead the accelerator and facilitate our discussions, but I participate along side you with my own projects. I will be working through the same exact process that you are.

You can learn more about me here. I'm excited to work with you.

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Hey, I'm Jay Clouse -- founder of Unreal Collective and co-host of the upside podcast.

I've started several companies and creative projects, with varying degrees of success.  Previously, I was the Chief Operating Officer of Tixers, which was acquired in 2015. After spending some time in product at a venture-backed startup, I started Unreal Collective to help people like you elevate your project or business.

Through Unreal, I've worked with 35 incredible individuals who have had multi-million dollar exits, six-figure crowdfunding campaigns, served as a lead engineer of SpaceX, left their jobs to go full-time freelance, and bootstrapped technology companies.

I'm here to help you identify the important work and get it done.

You can learn more about me here. I'm excited to work with you.

 

How it works

How it works


 
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It all starts with a 12-week planning roadmap with your facilitator.

Before you are matched or meet with your group, we work together to outline a detailed 12-week roadmap for your Unreal experience. 

We cover goals, current state, milestones, and anticipate any challenges.

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You are carefully matched with four other individuals based on your goals and background.

You will meet on a 60-minute Zoom video call every week for 12 weeks with your group and facilitator. We share perspective, feedback, ideas, and advice to help you break through roadblocks.

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Outside of the calls, we leverage Slack for communication.

Your group has its own private channel, and public channels connect the whole Collective. We've been a part of over-grown Slack communities that become too crowded to be effective or helpful. So we keep our group small and focused, staying under 100 members at a time.

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Outside of the calls, we leverage Slack for communication. Your group has its own private channel, and public channels connect the whole Collective.

At the end of each call, members self-declare action items.

At the beginning of the next call, we check against them and share progress. Together, we work towards your 12-week goals.

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  • Monthly community video calls
  • Access to our members-only resource center
  • Access to our Guide library (coming soon)

Pricing

Accelerator Base

$699

  • Group matching
  • 12-week goal setting exercise
  • 12 weeks of facilitated calls
  • One year of community membership
  • Members-only resource center
  • Guide Library (coming soon)
  • Monthly community video hangout
  • Dedicated 1-on-1 coaching
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Accelerator Premium

$1499

  • Group matching
  • 12-week goal setting exercise
  • 12 weeks of facilitated calls
  • One year of community membership
  • Members-only resource center
  • Guide Library (coming soon)
  • Monthly community video hangout
  • Weekly 1-on-1 coaching
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Hear what other members have to say

Hear what other
members have to say

 
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“At the beginning of Unreal Collective, Exploring With Words had 8 listings on Etsy...now we have almost 200. I went from making about $200 per month in revenue to $1,100.”
Clayton Fuller, founder of Exploring With Words
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“Jay created a diverse group of individuals in age, thinking styles, and career paths, who bring different skills and experiences. That is difficult to do on your own.”

Helayne Angelus, Principle at Kalypso
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"12 weeks after starting Unreal Collective, we have an amazing team...a really solid foundation...and we have prospective clients."
Andy Curran, founder and CEO of WeVote
 

Ready to write your own story?

Ready to write your own story?

Join our accelerator