Peer Mentorship for Marketplace Founders

Marketplace Founders Initiative

Whether you’re selling consumer products or B2B services, the Marketplace Founders Initiative brings together founders driving microentrepreneurship and the new economy. We provide full-lifecycle support to emerging marketplace startups, from user acquisition to fundraising.

Consumers ppent $2T on online marketplaces in 2019
- Digital Commerce 360

Request Invite for Our Next Marketplace Founders Cohort. Get Access to:
Black Founders
  • Personalized onboarding with Lead Mentor

  • 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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Marketplace Founders Leadership Committee

Meet experienced and knowledgeable startup leaders driving marketplace innovation

Rakesh Routhu
Co-Founder & COO at Aerologix
Montana Butsch
Montana Butsch
Founder, Spotivity

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Founders Network has been a tremendous resource. We benefited from deals, pitch help and other content, personalized mentoring, and introductions to potential investors. Great investment!
David Cramer
Founder of Sentry
Founders Network provides flexible benefits that were a perfect for me as an early-stage founder. I highly recommend this community to any entrepreneur looking for long-term support, concrete help and a place to feel at home.
Neha Sampat
Founder of Contentstack
Great opportunity to focus, hone in on your business plan and go-to-market strategy, and to meet, collaborate and network with folks also in the midst of launching a startup. I’m very grateful to this community.
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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