On Deck angel fellowship (ODA)

Level up your angel investing while growing your network

The Angel Fellowship is an eight-week remote program for angel investors who want to build deal flow, develop their investing approach and build lasting relationships. We combine a solid curriculum, exclusive access to the On Deck network and an incredible community to help you discover and get into great deals.

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Application deadline: February 15, 2021
Kick-off: February 21, 2021
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Everything you need to become a prolific angel

Get access to exclusive deal flow and a navigate the overwhelming landscape of angel investing – surrounded by incredible peers.

Discover new deals by meeting founders early

As a part of the On Deck Community, you get unique access to meet with fellows in the Founder Fellowship before they formally begin their fundraise. On Deck Angels regularly share and discuss deals to gain conviction.

Expand your network with world-class fellows

Community is magic when people are everything-- we carefully curate each cohort to have a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and deep expertise. Tap experts in ODA to round out your diligence process.

Develop your investment acumen

How do you evaluate a deal? What questions matter most at what stages? Learn from established investors and your peers on how to put together your own diligence framework

ODA in numbers

150 fellows, 250+ introductions, 35+ investments into companies from ODA deal flow.
150 fellows
Over 150 world-class fellows participated in the first 2 cohorts.
250 introductions
Over 250 introductions have been made between On Deck Founders and On Deck Angels.
100 top deals shared
Over 100 deals shared in the Angels community, with opportunities to participate in competitive rounds.

Join a world-class community of angels

Community is the core of the Angel Fellowship. Here are just a few of the phenomenal Fellows who participated in our first and second cohort.
Michael Vaughan
Former COO, Venmo
Morgan Beller
Co-creator, Facebook Libra
Deon Nicholas
Founder/CEO, Forethought
Nick Caldwell
VP Engineering, Twitter
Soona Amhaz
Co-founder, Token Daily
Neeraj Berry
Cofounder, Sprig
Phin Barnes
Sneakerhead, VC
Celine Halioua
Co-founder and CEO, Loyal
Brad Delson
Co-founder, Linkin Park
Jonathan Swanson
Co-founder, Thumbtack
Dan Romero
VP, Coinbase
Afton Vechery
Founder/CEO, Modern Fertility
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Apply for the Angel Fellowship

The third cohort kicks off February 21. In lieu of a program fee, we ask for a $5,000 donation to the On Deck Access Fund.
Apply Now
Application deadline: February 15, 2021
Kick-off: February 21, 2021

Testimonials

Our Fellows are the heartbeat of our community. Here's what they have to say.

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Matias Sanchez

Couldn't recommend this enough. If you're writing for the internet or writing in general, this is the community you never knew you needed.

Madison Campbell

So far I’ve been in @beondeck slack for two days and raised $20,000. The program doesn’t even kick-off until tomorrow. If this doesn’t convince you to join, idk what will. #beondeck #odf6

Coco Liu

The word “community” didn’t have a meaning to me until I joined @beondeck.

Chris Horne

Just over halfway through my @beondeck fellowship experience and might as well say: joining is one of the best decisions I've ever made. Everyone is AMAZING, friendly, and EXTREMELY helpful. The talks are tactical and directly applicable. Nothing but ❤️

Van Nguyen

Life after @beondeck is crazy good! The network is so powerful. @Auroreserete’s ODF cohort hasn’t even started yet and despite that she has helped me connect with 4 potential customers in completely new/different markets in record time. Thank you!

Griff Foxley

Said it before, will say it again. On Deck Writers Fellowship continues to be a profound learning community of electric content and collaboration. Can't recommend enough.

Matt Alston

The two best decisions I made in 2020 were leaving my job to start a company with @MelissaZhang13, and joining @beondeck.

Pretty wild how much On Deck has grown and evolved in just the last 6 months. Can’t event imagine what it’ll look like a year from now 🚀

David Hoang

I’m so glad I decided to do @beondeck’s writing fellowship. The weekly writing workshops are so helpful. In addition to the writing, it’s great connecting with other writers and brainstorming.

One idea is called “Design Management: Year One.”

#ODW1

Wallace Torres

My On Deck journey:

- A community of incredible entrepreneurs all who can switch between emotional support and strategic guidance depending on what you need that moment

- What LinkedIn is supposed to be

- Exposure to lots of company building perspectives

Can’t recommend enough.

Terry Xu

Joining On Deck is like getting 1000+ mentors, 1000+ thought partners, 1000+ accountability partners, and 1000+ followers instantly.

It's too good to be true, but it's true.

2021 will be the year where On Deck becomes known to all new entrepreneurs.

Luba Yudasina

One of the best decisions of the last 2 years was joining @beondeck. So grateful to witness their growth first hand ❤️

Thank you @eriktorenberg and @david__booth for building something this special!

Max Greenwald

Masterclass in launching & iterating: @eriktorenberg, @david__booth, @btaleisnik and the @beondeck crew.

Something wild being announced every week it seems. Incredibly hard to launch & iterate on community too. By doing it with humbleness and transparency they are crushing it.

Celine Halioua

So thankful for the personal and strategic support (not to mention emotional!) On Deck provided for the last 2 months. Love the team & couldn’t recommend them more.

Happy to chat about my experience + refer.

Everett Berry

When fundraising stopped cold and enterprise budgets froze in March 2020 i freaked tf out.

Luckily, as one of my favorite founders @mishkaorakzai said, "Silicon Valley moved to the cloud".

Forever grateful to the OD team and community for helping me meet the moment. #ODF3

Katherine Lynn

I continue to be impressed with the overall program, caliber of fellows, and the ODF employees! (Plus some sweet music playlists during events and I got to practice rap w/ @eriktorenberg during kickoff.)

Happy to be in ODF5!

Speakers & Curriculum

Some of these world-class speakers joined us for our first cohorts:
Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman

Partner, Greylock
Sarah Tavel

Sarah Tavel

Partner, Benchmark
Anne Dwane

Anne Dwane

Partner, Village Global
Keith Rabois

Keith Rabois

Partner, Founders Fund
Mike Maples

Mike Maples

Cofounding Partner, Floodgate
Ann Miura-Ko

Ann Miura-Ko

Cofounding Partner, Floodgate
Elad Gil

Elad Gil

Entrepreneur, Investor
Scott Belsky

Scott Belsky

CPO, Adobe; Investor
Getting Started

Get to know your cohort

Curated introductions and icebreaker-style sessions so you can determine with whom you want to go deeper.

Get plugged into the On Deck Universe

From community-wide events to ODF deal flow and our First Look pitch feedback program, get acquainted with all ODA has to offer
Foundations

Developing your Angel brand

How you position yourself as an investor to entrepreneur can be the difference in winning or losing allocation in a competitive deal

Developing exclusive deal flow

Who should you choose to share deals with, and how do you become an ideal co-investor?
Deal Making

Deal reviews and benchmarking

In small groups, evaluate early stage deals and benchmark against potential competitors.

Deal diligence

Drawing from best practices, develop your own framework for evaluating deals and tapping your network.

Competitive rounds

How do you secure allocation in a competitive round? How do you punch above your check-size?
After the Deal

Providing Value

How should you think about allocating your time amongst your portfolio, supporting with strategy, hiring, and any unique value that earned your place on their cap table.
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Exclusive deal flow
Get early access to pre-seed deals coming out of the On Deck Founder Fellowship
Group deal review
Discuss pitches and active deals with other Angel Fellows to gain from their perspective
Social events
Social events with other Angel Fellows, and topic-driven social events with Founders, Writers and VCs

The On Deck Method

We're building a modern educational institution that redefines how community and learning come together. Being part of any On Deck program means you’ll have access to a community of world-class professionals. With every new program we launch and cohort we start, your network gets stronger.

Here are the cornerstones of the On Deck experience:

Deep Friendships

Our 8- to 10-week-long virtual fellowships provide members with community, education, and support. This is a place for cohort-style learning, but also deep personal connections.

Unparalleled Knowledge

There are limitless opportunities for learning and sharing here. You’ll get access to expert speakers, office hours, build weekends, and our session library full of curated content. Dig in!

Community Diversity

We’re proud to have a community diverse in culture, thought, and life experiences. This enables revolutionary ideas, inclusive solutions, and boundless growth opportunities.

Scaled With Software

We’re building in-house tools to improve how we share community knowledge, aligned opportunities, and helpful connections.

Engineered Serendipity

When everyone is going through a shared experience and seeking similar goals, incredible things happen. It’s like walking into a party where everyone is single—FUN.

Spirit of Service

One of the things we love most about our community is how willing and excited members are to support one another. This spirit is the strong heartbeat of the On Deck community.

Apply for the Angel Fellowship

The third cohort kicks off February 21. In lieu of a program fee, we ask for a $5,000 donation to the On Deck Access Fund.
Apply Now
Application deadline: February 15, 2021
Kick-off: February 21, 2021

FAQ

Who should apply?

To be a good fit for ODW, you are probably:

* A strong and enthusiastic writer with some form of past work to point to, whether that’s a published piece, an existing newsletter or blog, some copywriting you did for a job, or even just a short story you wrote when you were fourteen.
* At least a little bit entrepreneurial, with an independent spirit.
* Eager to be an active participant in a growing community, as much of the value of On Deck comes from the network and peer-to-peer connections.

You do not need to have an existing blog or newsletter to apply to the Fellowship. ODW is for writers who want to start building an audience as well as grow an existing one.

What does it cost?

Joining the On Deck Writer Fellowship is $1,990.

We're currently offering this as special early-bird pricing—it'll rise in the coming months, so apply now!

Are there scholarships or financing options available?

Our goal is to make the Fellowship accessible to the absolute best talent, no matter their financial situation.

All Fellows have the option to pay in four monthly installments (with no interest or additional charges). We also have a limited number of scholarships available thanks to our Access Fund. Information about scholarship applications will be provided to accepted Fellows closer to the kickoff date.

What is the time commitment?

Between attending your workshops and giving peer feedback, you should expect your writing workshop to take up around three to four hours a week.

Beyond workshops, ODW is a choose-your-own-adventure buffet. You get out what you put in: often, the biggest contributors are also the biggest beneficiaries.

Depending on your schedule and interests, you could choose to:

* Attend everything and “gorge” yourself on knowledge until you explode
* Tune in at your leisure to attend sessions that interest you
* Or just search the directory and connect with interesting people one-on-one

Most ODW Fellows have full-time jobs, so our programming is designed with that in mind.

Do I have to write about tech, business, or any other specific topic?

Absolutely not! Our Fellows write about a diverse list of topics. ODW1 features writers focused on technology, history, philosophy, science, international relations, arts and literature, religion, personal stories, and even fiction.

Is this a fully remote program?

Yes: ODW will be run entirely remotely. This enables participation from all corners of the world. We’ve spent the past two ODF cohorts mastering the playbook for building remote communities and relationship building online, and will apply the same approach here.

Post-COVID, we’ll return to organizing offline programming like dinners, small gatherings, and retreats, but the core Fellowship will remain a remote-first experience.

Can I participate from anywhere in the world?

You can! The sun never sets on ODW1: roughly 30% of current Fellows are from countries other than the U.S.

We offer a wide range of scheduling options for writing workshops so that you can find a time that works for you, wherever you are. Our other live programming mostly happens on U.S. Eastern hours, but is all recorded and made available later in case you can’t attend live.

There are also many opportunities for asynchronous editing, learning, and socializing through our Slack community.

What are the Guiding Values of On Deck?

You can view our values here, but to summarize: Service, Sacredness, Respect, and Gratitude.

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