On Deck Founders

Meet great founders. Build great things.

Surround yourself with a community of top early-stage founders who've launched 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 in January 2023.

Join 2,500+ founders who are helping each other grow faster

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, Disco
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
ODF4
Founder and CEO
Raised $51M from True Ventures and Village Global.
Viswa Colluru
Viswa Colluru ODF3
ODF4
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
ODF4
Founder and CEO
Raised $100M from Elad Gil and General Catalyst.
Harshita Arora
Harshita Arora ODF3
ODF4
Co-founder
Raised $56M from Accomplice. Kleiner Perkins, Gradient Ventures and more.
Shrav Mehta
Shrav Mehta ODF2
ODF4
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
ODF4
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 "co-founder".

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 in January 2023.

Apply to the program

We review applications on a rolling basis. The next kickoff is January 2023.

Get onboard

In your first month at On Deck, you’ll meet your cohort over IRL and virtual events, and find your crew of supporters within the community.

Pursue your goals

Whether you’re validating an idea, seeking a co-founder, raising money, or just looking for people to build with — you’ll find bootcamps, workshops, and events to help you along the way.

Build with community

Build your company faster, surrounded by peers. Find answers, intros, advisors, angels, and beta-testers 10x more easily than on your own.

Give back

The Spirit of Service is at the core of what we do. Whether your startup fails or you IPO, On Deck Founders pay it forward by advising and investing in the community.

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
COMMUNITY SUPPORT

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
#asks
Jorge Richardson
ODF6
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
#immigration
Deboshree Dutta
ODF10
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
#hiring
Maryam Nabavi
ODF11
We’re looking to make our first Growth hire at Babbly, ideally with digital health and B2C experience. If you know anyone who may be interested, please share the role with them.
5 replies Last reply 1 hour ago
#legal
Havi Nguyen
ODH2
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
#resources
Tom Elliot
ODF11
Has anyone brought in a fractional Product person, an agency, or outsourced user research? I’d like to talk to folks that paid for help working out how to reduce churn, find PMF, and develop a roadmap.
3 replies Last reply 7 hours ago
#pitch-feedback
Mei Ling Ng
ODF6
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

Get inspired with Request for Startups sessions and industry-focused Slack channels. Navigate the idea maze with structure and accountability through Ideation Bootcamp.

Stress-test your idea and get feedback from the community at Memo Day, our idea-stage pitch 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
+100s
Climate Tech Network
+100s
Fintech Network
+100s
EdTech Network
+100s
… and PropTech, Deep Tech, Longevity and more.

Shared interests:

Metabolic Health

Sleep

Wearables

Shared interests:

Creator Economy

Tools

Culture

Shared interests:

Sustainable Fashion

Community

Shared interests:

Remote work

Marketplaces

Freelancers

FIND the right partners

Find a co-founder or a team

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

Read about how 50+ co-founders met and started venture-backed companies HERE.
BUILD YOUR MVP and raise

Get ready to raise

Craft your narrative, build your deck, and assemble your investor CRM with Fundraising Bootcamp.

Kick off your fundraise in front on an audience of angels during First Look week.

Once you’re actively fundraising, join a mastermind group to share real-time learnings and tactics with a group of your peers.

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.
LEARNING FROM OTHER FOUNDERS

Stories from our community

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
Community
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

Go-to-market

Find the right co-founder with Erik Torenberg

Seed fundraising

Find the right co-founder with Erik Torenberg

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 in January 2023.

FAQ

How long is ODF?

Your On Deck membership lasts for 12 months. At the end of this time, you will have the option to renew your membership.

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?

You can participate in ODF fully virtually. However, we have thriving alumni communities in many major metros, and host regular IRL events in startup-centric metros like San Francisco, New York, and London.

Can people from outside the US join ODF?

Yes, with caveats. The community is comprised mainly of founders whose companies are selling to US/EU/LATAM-based customers. Our programming is also mostly geared towards US-based startups, and happens mostly on US-friendly hours. If you are not planning to sell to US/EU/LATAM customers, you may find less utility from On Deck Founders.

I have a company already. Can I still join?

Absolutely. ODF is for all early-stage founders, anywhere from pre-idea through seed stage. (Note: if you’re a seed-stage company with meaningful traction, On Deck Scale may be a better fit for you)

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.