On Deck Founders

Meet other founders. Build great things.

Go from pre-idea to fundraise, supported by a community of founders who have launched over 1000 companies.

Working on a startup already? Apply to ODX →

Register for our upcoming Q&A on June 6th here
The next ODF cohort kicks off on September 27

In the past 2 years, we've helped 2,500+ founders explore and accelerate what's next

Max Greenwald
Max Greenwald ODF2
Co-founder & CEO, Warmly
Shiva Rajaraman
Shiva Rajaraman ODF3
VP Commerce at Facebook, Former CTO at WeWork
Gina Gotthilf
Gina Gotthilf ODF4
Co-founder at latitud, Former VP Marketing at Duolingo
Yair Livne
Yair Livne ODF5
Former VP Product at Quora
Sara Du
Sara Du ODF1
CEO and Co-founder, Alloy Automation
Andrew Conner
Andrew Conner
Co-founder, Levels
Matt Schulman
Matt Schulman ODF3
Founder and CEO, Pave
Hari Raghavan
Hari Raghavan ODF1
Former COO at Forge
Conner Sherline
Conner Sherline ODF1
Founder & CEO, co-op
1000+ of them built companies now worth over $9 billion
Hired employee #1, then raised $63M including a16z and YC Continuity.

On Deck helped us hire our first employee, raise $900k in pre-seed, and accelerate our GTM motion within the network. Our Series B wouldn’t have happened without On Deck.

Matt Schulman
Matt Schulman ODF3
Founder and CEO
Raised $51M from True Ventures and Village Global.
Viswa Colluru
Viswa Colluru ODF3
Founder and CEO
Found customers, recruited a team, and raised $21.5M.

On Deck helped me recruit our team, find our first beta customers, and build a community of support to get through the challenges of the founder to CEO transition.

Sasha Orloff
Sasha Orloff ODF8
Founder and CEO
Validated an idea and raised $118M from Paradigm, a16z, and Solana.

On Deck helped me get conviction on one of the four ideas I had when I joined. Those same fellows became our most valuable early users.

Francesco Agosti
Francesco Agosti ODF5
Co-founder & CTO
Raised $56M from Accomplice. Kleiner Perkins, Gradient Ventures and more.
Shrav Mehta
Shrav Mehta ODF2
Founder and CEO
Made 5 key hires, then raised $12M from Elevation Capital and General Catalyst.

The On Deck Community helped me make 5+ key early hires, and raise a $12 million seed round from great investors.

Amrit Singh
Amrit Singh ODF2
Co-founder and CRO
And raised over $900 million from top investors
Major VC firms investing in On Deck fellows

Start or build a company

The process

Start or build a company and leverage the On Deck community to go from "curious" to "cofounder".

If you decide not to start a company, let us know and we'll help you figure out your next step.

The next ODF cohort kicks off on September 27

Apply to the program

We review applications on a rolling basis. The next kickoff is September 27.

Experience our signature onboarding

Get access to the On Deck network and form meaningful connections with hundreds of curated builders from day 1. 

Weekly programming

Learn best practices, frameworks, and tactical skills with expert-led fireside chats and hands-on workshops.

Leverage the community

Build deep relationships through virtual and IRL networking events and masterminds. Leverage the community to help you on your founder journey.

Exploration (for up to 12 months)

Our year-long programming will help you explore markets, validate ideas, find a co-founder, build your MVP, and help you get ready to raise.

Draw up to $25,000 to cover living expenses

If you need to cover living expenses while you explore, you can draw up to $25,000 from our Access Initiative via ODF Advance. If you build conviction to start a company, the $25,000 converts to 1.4% equity, and we'll invest another $125,000 via ODX. If you don't, we only ask you to pay it forward to the next founder by contributing back to the Access Initiative.

Learn more about ODF Advance

Meet your community

Build relationships with other founders who share a strong spirit of service through IRL and virtual talks, co-working days and socials.

On Deck gave us the skills and support we needed to build our MVP as non-technical founders. 3 months later, we'd raised a €1.2 million pre-seed round on the strength of that MVP.
Rebecca Görres
Rebecca Görres, co-founder at Remi
Raised €1.2 million pre-seed led by btov partners
Jorge Richardson
We're putting together a media strategy for our public launch and looking for intros to a few tech & sustainability reporters. Any leads?
4 replies Last reply 2 hours ago
Deboshree Dutta
Anyone have experience bringing on an H1-B or H4 candidate on your founding team? Legal costs and other things I need to be mindful of?
3 replies Last reply 8 hours ago
Taylor Crane
Looking to make an offer to employee #1. Any frameworks, tools, resources or tips?
5 replies Last reply 1 hour ago
Havi Nguyen
Does anyone have recs of law firms well-versed on healthcare regulations and have worked with startups before?
4 replies Last reply 3 hours ago
Dan Stern
Anyone an expert on optimizing landing page copy for conversions? Would appreciate a 10 second glance at our page.
3 replies Last reply 7 hours ago
Mei Ling Ng
Any one open to review my pitch deck? Raising a seed round this fall for Hearth Display.
5 replies Last reply 1 hour ago
FIND AN IDEA worth building

Find and validate ideas 

Navigate the idea maze through market explorations led by top investors and industry experts and use the Slack community to get help and ask questions as you dive deeper into a particular problem space. 

Then validate your idea by presenting to the community at Memo Day.

On Deck helped us validate our idea, find our first users, and connect us with the fund who led our $1.85 million seed round.
Ferruccio Balestreri, CTO June
Raised $1.85 million from Point Nine and Speedinvest
Healthtech Network
Climate Tech Network
Fintech Network
EdTech Network
… and PropTech, Deep Tech, Longevity and more.

Shared interests:

Metabolic Health



Shared interests:

Creator Economy



Shared interests:

Sustainable Fashion


Shared interests:

Remote work



FIND the right partners

Find a cofounder or a team

Find the right partner through Cofounder Sprint. Meet founding team members and collaborators through the community, curated 1:1 introductions, and virtual and IRL social and networking events.

100+  CO-FOUNDERS Met through ON deck
BUILD YOUR MVP and raise

Build your next idea and get ready to raise

Build alongside founders in your space and learn tactical skills that are immediately applicable through hands-on workshops. Get traction by leveraging the community for feedback, customer intros, and early adopters.

Talk to angels and investors through Investor Index, perfect your pitch with fundraising bootcamp, present to the community at Pitch Day, and apply for access to Deal Drop to raise your next round.

Still surreal that we won #1 Global Build Weekend. Surreal because we all just met Wednesday and Sunday we have a company.
Quinta Caylor

Investor Index

Connect with over 3500 angels and investors.

If you’re ready to build, we’re ready to back you

We believe in you and your ideas. When you join ODF, we commit to this handshake deal: if you start a company within the next year, you'll join ODX, and we'll invest on our standard terms of $125,000 for 7%.

On Deck Fund

Access our playbooks right now

We invested hundreds of hours to co-develop On Deck playbooks with industry experts.

Problem validation

Validate ideas & markets with Asher King Abramson

Coming soon

Co-founder dating

Find the right co-founder with Erik Torenberg

Build a founding team

Hire your early team with Keith Rabois

Coming soon


Find the right co-founder with Erik Torenberg

Seed fundraising

Find the right co-founder with Erik Torenberg

Our Other Programs

Our 8 to 10-week-long virtual fellowships provide community, education, support, and momentum to supercharge your path forward.

Explore our programs to find your perfect fit.

On Deck Scale

For founders of high-growth, venture-scale companies looking to build authentic relationships with other growth-oriented founders to help scale themselves and their companies.

Next kickoff: Late September
Cost: $10,000

On Deck Angels

For operator angels who want to level up their investing through established frameworks, meeting with co-investors, launching syndicates, or starting funds.

Next kickoff: Early October
Cost: $5,000 donation to Access Fund

Execs On Deck

For experienced leaders looking for VP and C-Suite roles at high-growth startups.

Next kickoff: Early October
Cost: $5,000

Apply to ODF

If you’re thinking about starting a startup or are in the early stages of building one, apply today. Yearly membership for ODF is $2,990.
The next ODF cohort kicks off on September 27


How long is ODF?

When you join ODF, you get 12 months to use your All Access Pass to the On Deck network. After your time in ODF is up, you become a lifelong member of our alumni community.

What is the time commitment?

How much time you invest in ODF is largely up to you. For your first month, we recommend spending at least 4 hours per week attending onboarding sessions and getting to know your cohort. After that, ODF is flexible. Some weeks you may want to spend 20 hours taking calls with fellows or attending sessions. Other weeks you may choose not to do anything. Many ODF fellows are working around families and jobs, and we fully support and respect these commitments.

What does ODF cost?

Yearly membership for ODF is $2,990.

Will ODF be held virtually?

Because we recruit founders from all over the world, ODF is fully virtual. However, we have thriving alumni communities in many major metros, and will host periodic in-person events for founders to meet each other in person.

Can people from outside the US join ODF?

Absolutely! We believe that talent is distributed evenly around the world, and a big part our mission for ODF is to elevate and support founders outside of Silicon Valley. We accept applicants from anywhere in the world.

I have a company already. Can I still join?

If you’re not yet ready to work full-time on your startup, you should apply for ODF (even if your company is already incorporated). 

Will anyone else know that I joined?

Participation is held in strict confidence. Even if you’re happy to share, you are requested to respect the privacy of other members who aren’t ready to make their plans public.

How do rolling admissions work?

Rolling admissions means that you can apply to ODF anytime. There is no cutoff date, and if accepted, you will join the upcoming cohort. New cohorts kick off roughly every 2 months.

What are the guiding values for On Deck?

On Deck lives by four core guiding values, crucial to the culture we strive to foster in the community: Service, Confidentiality, Gratitude, Family.