Austin Startup Community, Mentorship and Events

As an ambitious tech founder in Austin, you understand the importance of making the right connections. Join Founders Network and become part of a carefully curated community of experienced Austin tech founders who can offer mentorship, collaborate on ideas, and provide the guidance you need to thrive in the vibrant startup ecosystem of Austin.

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Nicknamed the “Silicon Hills”, Austin has rapidly emerged as a hotbed for startups and innovation. Home to unicorn status startups like SparkCognition, ICON, and the Zebra, Austin offers a fertile ground for innovation and a nurturing environment for entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into reality. The city boasts a flourishing startup ecosystem, supported by a strong network of investors, mentors, and tech talent.

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Founders Network understands the unique dynamics and opportunities Austin presents to startup founders. That’s why we provide a platform for Austin’s startup founders to connect, collaborate, and learn from a global community of their peers. Through our carefully curated events, mentorship program, and exclusive resources, we empower founders to navigate the challenges of entrepreneurship and tap into the limitless opportunities that the Austin startup community has to offer.

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Peer mentorship program with fellow tech

Instantly connect with peers in Silicon Valley who can help you solve problems and reduce trial and error.

Global, stage and local founder forums

Answer your questions quickly with experience-based insights from founders who have been there.

Pitch practice with tier 1 VCs

Hone your pitch with top-tier VC feedback and increase your chances of securing funding.

Proactive support and introductions from staff

Make meaningful connections with partners and investors via warm intros from our staff.

Biannual global conferences

Come together with startup founders, investors, and industry experts for in-person networking and insights on the latest trends.

Accelerator grade discounts

Access discounts on essential services for startups, including accounting and software tools, to save money and accelerate growth.

Exclusive local Founders Network events

Attend exclusive events with authentic founders who understand what you're going through.

Our Austin Startup Community's Local Leadership Team

Our local leadership team consists of a dedicated group of Austin-based founders who volunteer their time and expertise to support the growth and success of the chapter.
Jason Collier

Chapter Director
Scale Computing

As a market maker and thought leader in the edge computing and the hyperconvergence market, Jason drives industry-impacting results through a solution oriented approach.

Lisa Besserman

Growth Chair
Startup Buenos Aires

Lisa currently serves as the Head of Innovation and Product Strategy across JP Morgan Chase operations. Prior to her current role, she served as the Managing Director at Expa VC, a $350M venture fund and startup studio investing in pre-seed to series A startups. Lisa was the Founder and CEO of Startup Buenos Aires (acquired).

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Resources and Communities

Austin, Texas, is a vibrant city known for its thriving tech and startup ecosystem. The city offers a range of resources and communities that support entrepreneurs and foster innovation. 

Venture Capital Firms: Austin is home to notable venture capital firms that provide funding and support to startups. Firms such as Austin Ventures, Silverton Partners, and LiveOak Venture Partners actively invest in local startups and offer valuable mentorship and guidance.

Startup Incubators and Accelerators: Austin hosts several renowned startup incubators and accelerators that provide comprehensive support and resources. Capital Factory, Techstars Austin, and Austin Technology Incubator are prominent examples. These programs offer mentorship, funding opportunities, and access to a strong network of investors and industry experts.

Co-working Spaces: The city offers a variety of co-working spaces that cater to the needs of startups. Locations like WeWork, Capital Factory, and TechSpace provide flexible workspace solutions, networking opportunities, and access to a vibrant community of entrepreneurs.

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