Accel Partners

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Accel Partners
Private Ownership
Industry Venture capital
Founded 1983
Headquarters Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Products Venture capital, Growth capital

Accel Partners is a venture and growth equity firm. Accel funds companies from inception through the growth stage. The company manages over $8.8 billion from offices in Palo Alto, California, New York City, London, India and China (through a partnership with International Data Group (IDG-Accel)).[1]


In 1983, Accel Partners was founded by Arthur Patterson and Jim Swartz.[2]

In 2000, Accel entered into a joint-venture with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to form Accel-KKR a technology-focused private equity investment firm focused on control investments of middle-market companies.

In addition to Accel's continued investments in early-stage startups from the Accel X early stage fund, Accel announced its $480 million growth fund in December 2008. This fund has focused on growth equity opportunities across sectors including: information technology, internet, digital media, mobile, networking, software, and services.


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