Investment banking for the
brands of tomorrow

Led by industry veterans. Committed to founders building what’s next.


We provide mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and strategic advisory services to leading brands.

We are seasoned investment bankers with a long track record of partnering with entrepreneurs and management teams. We are at the forefront of growth consumer and have been privileged to represent some of the most recognized brands in the space.

We created Axcelerate to provide trusted advice and experienced counsel to the most promising up-and-coming companies – because emerging brands and pioneering founders shouldn’t have to wait to work with a world-class investment banking team.


Axcelerate is powered by Consensus

Developed out of Consensus, a leading investment bank, Axcelerate combines the power of traditional investment banking with deep experience in emerging consumer and a culture steeped in startups and venture.

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Patrick O’Quinn

Patrick leads Axcelerate, after founding and leading the emerging brands practice at Consensus. His work is centered on capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic advisory. As an attorney and investment banker, he has represented a wide range of public and private companies with a focus on high-growth brands in emerging consumer.

Patrick earned a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship from Babson College, an MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business, and a law degree from Suffolk University.

Abigail Hitchcock

Abigail is a Vice President at Axcelerate and works across the platform from deal origination to execution. Based in San Francisco, she heads the firm’s West Coast presence.

Previously, Abigail worked for Silicon Valley Bank, where she advised technology companies and consumer brands. Before that, she worked in finance at LiveRamp, a Silicon Valley-based technology company, during its IPO. Abigail earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Santa Clara University.



Good people. Great work. Big ideas.


We’re passionate about emerging consumer.
We live it, we breathe it. Want a group that dabbles in it? That’s not us.

We respect the creators and builders.
We understand how difficult the journey is. We recognize the sacrifice.

We appreciate the road less traveled.
We realize that great concepts, sound execution, and ambitious entrepreneurs don’t share a profile or fit in a box.
We value differences and seek out the bold.

We love this space. We feel fortunate to be in it.
We’re driven, spirited, and unapologetically committed to growing brands.
If you’re a founder defying the odds, we’re the partner for you.