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Austin, aka the Silicon Hills, combines the startup perks of Silicon Valley with a lower cost of living than most major metropolitan cities. Austin cracked the top 10 list in 2019 for US Cities in total venture dollars invested, totaling more than all other Texas cities combined at $1.8B, a 20% increase over the year prior.  The University of Texas's 50,000 students along with major tech corporates like Amazon, Apple, Dell, IBM, and Google employ thousands of would be angel investors and tech startup founders and early employees.  According to the Startup Genome Report (2020), the Austin startup ecosystem is strong in cleantech and security sectors.  Last but not least, Austin hosts the famous South by Southwest festival (SXSW), a mainstay of the tech startup industry conferences.

Founders Network’s new Austin Chapter connects Austin Founders and startups with a global support network over 600 founders, investors and partners. Based in Silicon Valley, Founders Network provides Austin the ability to access resources only available in the tech capital of the world. We’re a mentorship program that compliments local tech ecosystems and facilitates the growth of local Founders Network members.


Mentorship from select Austin founders

Request Invite to Join Our Month Cohort!
Gain Access To:
  • Peer mentorship program with fellow tech founders

  • Global, stage and local founder forums

  • Pitch practice with tier 1 VC's

  • Proactive support and introductions from staff

  • Biannual global conferences

  • Accelerator grade discounts

Request Invitation
Founders Network Global Stats

Connecting Austin Founders with each other and the Founders Network community.

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FN Global Events
You'll learn more from the threads seen here everyday than you did in most courses you've ever waded through. So dive in, everyone is here because this is exactly what we want to be doing.
Galen Buckwalter
Founder of eHarmony
I'm a very technical person. Not big on the business side of things. Thanks to Founders Network, I've received valuable, actionable business advice from both founders and investors alike.
Linden Tibbets
Founder of IFTTT
I would say it's a very reasonable cost to tap into a worldwide network of entrepreneurs who, as a group, have gone through just about everything you can imagine and have a world of experience they can offer to you.
Will Bunker
Founder of

Local Leadership Team

Each Founders Network Chapter has an appointed Chapter Leadership Team. Made up of founders who have chosen to volunteer their time, they are on deck to give advice, facilitate events, and lead the growth of the Chapter.

Jason Collier
Chapter Director
Scale Computing
Lisa Besserman
Membership Chair
Startup Buenos Aires

Leadership Positions Available

Join 600+ Founders Who Love FN

In Africa, there is a saying: 'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.' The great thing about the Founder's Network is that it's not an either/or! We go together farther AND faster, and actually it's way more fun ;)
Alexandra Greenhill
Founder of Careteam
The fn community has been along for my journey through four startups including one dissolution, one major restructure, a successful exit and now a high-growth, funded SaaS company. Being a Founder is sometimes overwhelming and lonely. This community provides guidance and the lift you need when facing your most excruciating obstacles. More importantly, it's a community that genuinely celebrates your successes along the way!
Neha Sampat
Founder of Contentstack
Founding a business can be a lonely pursuit, but being surrounded by a like-minded community enriches the experience. Founders Network is a cadre who provides concrete perspective and insights. In my experience, it's just as enriching to me as a serial entrepreneur to see what and who is coming next, as it would have been to me years ago as a first-time founder to avoid (some!) rookie errors.
Lisa Shields
Founder of Fi Span


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