From the CEO

The Next Chapter of On Deck's Founder-Focused Communities

Announcing the launch of On Deck Founders, On Deck Scale, and Sectors, starting with On Deck Climate Tech.

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May 26, 2022
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In the beginning, On Deck started as a dinner series for people looking to start their next company. 6 years later, we’ve helped 2,500+ builders explore what's next and start over 800 companies that have raised $1 billion from top investors and are now worth over $9 billion.

During that time, we’ve also experimented with different ways to unlock talent and help people start companies with funding, convertible ISAs, advances, and more. After all, On Deck is — and always will be — a company committed to finding ways to support startups and founders.

Ever  since the early days of the original dinner series, our mission has always been the same: to become the place where ambitious and talented people in tech go to build startups and careers.  

The On Deck community now spans 40 countries and 10,000 fellows from all the top functional areas in tech, bringing together entrepreneurs, designers, product managers, engineers, investors, and other key parts of the startup ecosystem all in one place.

As our community has grown, we continue to evolve. Today, we're excited to share the next chapter of On Deck’s founder-focused communities: 

  1. Explore with Sector programs like On Deck Climate Tech
  2. Decide an idea, find a co-founder, or start a company with On Deck Founders
  3. Scale your business with On Deck Scale

In other words, we’re going back to our origins by rebooting and revitalizing 3 of our most successful programs.

On Deck Founders

First, we’re rebooting On Deck Founders (ODF) and bringing it back to its origins as a founder-friendly community designed to help you explore starting a company. ODF blends virtual and IRL experiences with high-leverage programming and world-class support to take you from navigating the idea maze to raising your next round. 

On Deck Scale

Next, we're doubling down on On Deck Scale (ODS), one of our most popular programs. 

ODS is a place for founders leading high-growth companies to become better leaders. The community currently includes over 200 founders of venture-scale companies, including 9 unicorns. 

In addition to reopening access, we're also revamping ODS programming with new high-quality offerings like Scale Summits to help Fellows forge IRL connections and Keynotes with world-class experts, emphasizing leadership development. 

Sectors and On Deck Climate Tech

Finally, we're scaling our Sector programs, starting with On Deck Climate Tech (ODCT). On Deck Sector programs are networks of founders, operators, investors, and experts that help you explore, go deeper, and build connections in a specific sector like climate tech, ed tech, and health. 

Whether you're an aspiring founder exploring starting a company, a venture-scale leaders who wants to find people with similar sets of challenges, or are passionate about solving the hardest climate challenges with technology, come build with us.  

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