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Our programs give you access to a vetted network of founders and supporters so you can build great things.

On Deck Founders

For early-stage founders who are anywhere from pre-idea through pre-seed.

Execs On Deck

For leaders with 12+ years of experience who want to build successful careers in the startup ecosystem.


Our rigorous selection process ensures that the On Deck network is made up of ambitious people with shared guiding values and valuable experience as a builder.


We review applications on a rolling basis.


Chat with someone in the community to understand if you're a fit.


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We've helped 2500+ founders find early hires, first customers, and raise capital.

1000+ Companies

Founded by On Deck fellows

$ 1B+ Raised

From top global investors

$ 9B+ Combined value

Companies founded over two years


What is ODF?

ODF is a community for founders who’re exploring starting something soon, have taken the leap to start, or are an early-stage founder looking to accelerate with the support of a community.

How long is the program?

ODF is a 12-month program. It kicks off with a two-day in-person summit in San Francisco on Friday June 23rd. After the retreat, you’ll have 4 weeks of IRL and virtual programming designed to meet your goals. Afterwards, you'll continue to have access to the community for another 12 months.

What is the time commitment?

The first few weeks are a structured onboarding into the community. We strongly encourage everyone to attend the 2-day kickoff summit in San Francisco. 

Post-summit, the 4-week programming will offer a combination of networking, building, and actively learning from structured sessions. 

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, as well as a community hub in SF.

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 ODFs.

What's included in ODF?

When you join ODF, you get:

✅  Four weeks of onboarding alongside 100+ high-momentum founders

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

✅  Access to our legendary Slack and Community Platform

✅ Thousands of hours of recorded workshops and how-tos

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

I have a company already. Can I still join?

Absolutely. ODF is for all early-stage founders, anywhere from pre-idea through pre-seed stage.

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 Admissions process work?

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

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.

When does the next cohort start?

The next cohort of ODF (ODF18) kicks off in June with an in-person kickoff summit in San Francisco.

What does ODF cost?

Yearly membership for ODF is $2,990. This includes the 2-day kickoff summit, access to the San Francisco community space, 4 weeks of programming and our virtual community.

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.

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