Lair East Labs

is a startup accelerator for founders interested in launching businesses in the US with access to the Asian Market. At the heart of Lair East Labs lies the 10-week accelerator program, in which we help invest capital ($50K) and accelerate 10 -12 startups each year who are ready to explore and take on our program. Our 10-week program combines the best of both worlds- Learn from alumni founders of top Silicon Valley-style accelerators and gain access to a mentor and investor network with extensive experience navigating the Asian market. In the first year of operation, the companies have raised $27 million after completing the accelerator program.


What Founders Get

1:1 Coaching

Teams will get dedicated time with successful entrepreneurs, CEOs & founders of startup companies that are either still running them, have sold their company, or IPO’d from your vertical. 

Roundtable ‘Expert’ Dinners

Throughout the program, participants will have exclusive access to learn from speakers who have successfully founded, raised, and exited companies every Wednesday.

Access to US & Asia

Our 10-week program combines the best of both worlds. The founders learn from experienced serial entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors with extensive experience navigating both markets.

Legal Setup

Program participants will be offered legal assistance for company formation and IP Setup/ Protection.

Community & Alumni Network

Office hours, community and alumni events will be held regularly for current and past accelerator participants. We give continuous advice and support and have an active alumni network. 

Mentorship & Workshops

Lair East Labs Partnerships give lunch and learn workshops and mentors from our network do deep-dive into subject matters (i.e. growth hacking, storytelling, design) for our portfolio companies. 

Demo Day

Accelerator participants will demo their product and pitch to selected invite-only audience (i.e. Angel & Seed Investors, VC’s, etc.). In the past, we have held demo days in both NYC and Beijing. 

Fundraising & Growth

We invest $50K to each company. Venture Partners will help founders negotiate valuation and financing terms in subsequent round. 


The end result of the accelerator will be product market fit and a robust business model ready to raise a Seed or Series A round.

Founders' Stories

"Lair East Labs is a very professional, friendly ,and flexible accelerator. Mentors are very inspiring and resourceful. Jennifer and the team are super helpful. We had learned a lot during the accelerator program and we continue to keep a good relationship with our cohort startups even after the accelerator has ended. This is the most amazing life-changing experience for me and my team. Thank you Lair  East Labs!"


- Team Web2ship from Malaysia, W18 Batch 

 "Being in Lair East Labs was one of the most important periods for the company and ourselves. The resources and experiences from our mentors have brought us opportunities that accelerated the company's growth. We would not have gone this far without their help!"


- Team Goop from Hong Kong, S17 Batch


 "More than funding, more than access to a community of investors and mentees, more than a space to work, Lair East Labs understands the founder. Lair East Labs provides genuine support and real problem-solving that you can only find when you get startup. They're able to support and challenge the humans behind a company, to become a part of their growth. Our team has grown stronger because of it, and we couldn't recommend them more!" 


- Team Gatsby from NYC, W18 Batch 

Events Calendar

Growth Opportunities for Startups in Hong Kong and China's Greater Bay Area

Please join us for this special presentation and networking session with Stephen Phillips, Director-General at Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) to learn how US growth-stage companies can capitalize on opportunities that are available in Asia, using Hong Kong as a key business hub.

SPRING 2020 Program

Early Application Deadline:

January 31 11:59 EST, 2020.

Blog Feed

Stories by Lair East Labs Accelerator on Medium

How Not to Die (Tue, 11 Sep 2018)

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