ODF helps more people
start the best companies.

Go from idea to conviction — together.
ODF is an intense one-week in-person experience focused on meeting collaborators, exploring ideas, and gaining conviction.

  • 1 week IRL in San Francisco
  • 80-100 participants (>50% technical)
  • Non-Dilutive
  • Alumni (3k+) Community Platform
  • >$800k in perks (Mercury, AWS, Stripe Atlas, and more)
>1,000 ODF startups launched so far
*co-founders met via ODF
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>$2B raised from the best

Khosla, Sequoia, a16z, Founder’s Fund, General Catalyst, Benchmark, Index, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Bloomberg Beta, Sam Altman, Elad Gil + hundreds more

Impact

“Meeting (my co-founder) Akshay was literally a gift from god.

Mike Shebat, Traba CEO (ODF6)
backed by Founder’s Fund and Khosla

“ODF 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, Puzzle CEO (ODF8)
backed by General Catalyst and XYZ

“ODF has been transformational for finding my co-founder and meeting like-minded individuals. It brings together people who are exceptional, ready to start a company and the mentorship needed.”

Mohamed El Mahallawy, Shepherd Co-founder/CTO (ODF4)
backed by Spark Capital and Costanoa Ventures

FAQ

What is ODF?

ODF is a one-week, in-person sprint designed to help you figure out what company to build, and with whom. 

After the week we’ll onboard you to our online network of 2,000+ founders that combines community, software and IRL events to help you build early product momentum, get distribution, and raise capital.

Does On Deck charge equity for participation?

No, we’re a non-dilutive program.

Does it cost money to participate?

If accepted, the program fee is $1k which includes the weeklong intensive in San Francisco and ongoing access to the broader digital network.

How long is the program?

We strongly encourage everyone to attend the week-long event in San Francisco.

For the rest of the year, how much time you invest in ODF is largely up to you. You’ll continue to have access to a vibrant online community, regular programming and frequent IRL happenings.

What is the time commitment?

The first week is an intensive, in-person experience. You must commit to being in SF for the majority of the one week intensive.

For the rest of the year, how much time you invest in ODF is largely up to you. You’ll continue to have access to a vibrant online community.

Can people from outside the US join ODF?

We welcome global founders from all over the world to apply and join our community. We want founders to meet in person, then carry their relationships with them wherever they go. We encourage founders to try to spend as much time in SF as they can during the program. You will get the most value from participation if you take this as an opportunity to invest in building your Bay Area network.

Additionally, the community mainly consists 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 ODF.

Do I need to live in SF to join the cohort?

No, but you must commit to being in SF for the majority of the one week intensive. It’s important to have everyone present physically to make the most of the week. If you cannot make the dates work for IRL you can ask to defer your admission to a future cohort.

What's included in ODF?

When you join ODF, you get:

✅  One week of onboarding alongside 100+ high-momentum founders

✅  A year of access to the ODF community, including 2,500+ talented alumni and regular events

✅  Access to our Community Platform

✅ Thousands of hours of recorded workshops and how-tos

✅ >$800k in perks from companies like AWS, Brex, and Carta

Am I a good fit for ODF?

If you are anywhere from 50-100% sure you would like to start a company in the next 6 months ODF could be an excellent fit for you. We’ve been doing this for over 4 years and during that time we’ve seen how being part of a cohort can help someone build the conviction they need to go all-in. Applying is free and takes a few minutes so if you’d like to learn more feel free to submit something.

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 does the Admission process work? How do we assess candidates?

On Deck’s Admissions team accepts applications on a rolling basis. Check out ODF Admissions Process to learn more.

Here’s what we look for in candidates:

  • Raw entrepreneurial potential and network: Previously founded or was an early generalist employee of a notably successful company, and is now moving on to a 2nd/3rd/etc venture.
  • Technical excellence: Has advanced degree and/or recognized as a research leader within applicable technology fields (e.g. machine learning, STEM).
  • Product leadership: Held senior roles at notable companies, and can point to examples of products they’ve built/scaled to hundreds of thousands of people.
  • Industry experience: Worked in X industry for Y years, and has developed and can speak to unique insights or unfair advantages they possess vs. all others.
Will ODF be held virtually?

You must commit to being in SF for the majority of the one week intensive. It’s important to have everyone present physically to make the most of the week. If you cannot make the dates work for IRL you can ask to defer your admission to a future cohort.

When does the next cohort start?

The next cohort of ODF (ODF21) kicks off on Friday 5th of April and will wrap up on Friday 12th of April.

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.