What is it?

On Deck emerged out of a need for talented people to have a safe space to talk about their ideas and desire to start a company, freely and confidentially. So much goes into successfully launching a company, and we wanted to create a thoughtfully curated community that truly supports the growth of entrepreneurs and their startups.

The On Deck Fellowship is an 8-week program that brings together a group of founders from the broader On Deck community on a weekly basis to work alongside one another on their startup ideas. In addition we connect On Deck Fellows with mentors, experts, and investors in various industries via a series of 1:1 introductions, dinner events, hack days, and an exclusive online community with the current cohort and past alumni.

Program Outline

Full Group Events

Our full-cohort events exist to bring everyone together:

  • Dinners & Happy Hours – socialize, participate in small-group breakout discussions, and have interesting conversations with all of the other fellows.

  • Kick-off Retreat – escape the city life & get to know the cohort at an all-day event in a venue a few hours outside of San Francisco (optional overnight)

  • Alumni Mixers – opportunity for current cohort to get to know past cohorts of ODF alumni.

Themed Tracks

Smaller, themed dinners to make it easier to connect with like-minded founders. Tracks include:

  • Consumer

  • Enterprise

  • Biotechnology/Longevity

  • FinTech

  • Crypto


Meet 1:1 with fellows in the cohort & broader On Deck community

  • Fellowship Directory – access the ODF directory with all fellows+alumni and their info – request intros to anyone, and we’ll facilitate the double opt-in

  • “Top 10” – a personalized shortlist given to every fellow at the start of the program with the 10 people amongst the cohort that we think are most aligned with your objectives

  • Round-robin – optional intro every week for those looking for a higher volume of 1:1 conversations

Learning & Tactical Tips

Learn from, seek advice, or get feedback from experts

  • Office hours – opportunity to book 1:1 slots with a variety of VC/Angel investors, serial founders, executives, & other fellows in the cohort

  • Workshops / Fireside Chats – a series of exclusive programming with some of the highest profile founders & leaders in tech

Collaboration & Accountability

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Take advantage of being surrounded by resources & others at similar stages for mutual accountability and collaborating

  • Co-working space – access to flexible co-working space at least 1x/week to jam on ideas, strategize, and get feedback (option to pay small monthly fee for full-time access).

  • Hack Days – hackathon-style events to provide an environment to crank out new prototypes, team up with others, and rapidly bring an idea to life.

  • “Squads” - to help make a big group feel smaller, you’ll be assigned a small group of 8-12 people at the start of the fellowship based on whatever stage you’re at. Your squad will meet regularly, help each other with feedback/accountability, and become close friends.

  • Showcase Day – an opportunity to pitch your idea/MVP to the cohort & ODF Alumni for additional support and feedback.

Special Guests

We are excited to team up with some of the greatest experts & leaders of the tech world for this upcoming cohort.

Last Cohort – Summary

Skillset Distribution (%)

Stage of Fellows at Program Start

Previous Cohort – Alumni Spotlight