Peer Mentorship for Hardware Founders

Hardware Founders Initiative

Whether you’re in consumer tech or industrial IoT, the Gaming Founders Initiative brings together founders building the future of hardware and IoT. We provide full-lifecycle support to gaming founders, from design and prototyping to supply chain and patents. 

Global IoT Spending was $742B in 2020

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  • Peer network of 600+ founders

  • Pitch practice with Tier 1 VCs

  • Global and local founders-only forums

  • Trusted Partner Directory

  • Exclusive Founders Network events

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Hardware Founders Leadership Committee

Meet experienced and knowledgeable startup leaders driving innovation in hardware and IoT

Jarie Bolander
Jarie Bolander

Lab Sensor Solutions ($750M Exit)

Lab Sensor Solutions
Ravi Kurani
Sutro ($10M Exit)
Garrett Temple
James Aein

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Founders Network helped me take my startup from the idea phase to a fully operationalized, profitable business. Members are generous in sharing lessons learned, which is so helpful for hardware founders.
David Cramer
Founder of Sentry
Building hardware isn’t easy, and there’s little room for error in the process. Founders Network helped me to avoid rookie mistakes in building my first hardware product, and made the journey more enriching and fun.
Neha Sampat
Founder of Contentstack
Founders Network has become an integral part of my routine. In addition to all the material benefits (which saved me thousands of dollars in startup costs), the consistent feedback from the community made me more confident in my decisions.
Charity Majors
Founder of Honeycomb

Upcoming Events

During COVID, we’re making our virtual events available to healthtech founders everywhere. Register for a complimentary ticket to learn from fellow founders, investors and partners. Already used your free guest pass? Request an invite to see if you qualify for membership.

Past events



Equity Refresh: A Powerful Tool for Startup Talent Retention

Attracting and retaining top talent is crucial for startup success. With a constant battle for skilled employees, founders need to get creative with their compensation packages. Stock options and equity …

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Bootstrapping vs. Fundraising: The Ultimate Guide to Financing Your Startup

The vast majority of startups rely on internal funding sources to get off the ground.  According to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s report, personal savings, loans, and revenue are the …

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Startup Compensation and Hiring Get a Reality Check in 2024

Remember the days of hyper-growth, seemingly endless funding rounds, and throwing fistfuls of equity at every talented recruit who walked through the door?  Those days are on hold.  According to …

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Startup Funding for Black Founders Plummets in 2023

The year 2023 witnessed a stark reversal of progress for Black entrepreneurs in the venture capital landscape. After a period of heightened awareness and pledges of increased support following the …

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Business Model Canvas for Tech Startups: From Idea to Scalable Success

As a tech startup founder, navigating the whirlwind of innovation, competition, and market shifts can be daunting. But what if there was a powerful tool to help you visualize, refine, …

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