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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. 
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Global IoT Spending was $742B in 2020
- IDC

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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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Founders Network Global Stats

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$1B+
Total capital raised
$1.1M
average funding
600+
Global FN Members
50%
Serial Founders
100+
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Hardware Founders Leadership Committee

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

Himanshu Shah
Himanshu Shah
Founder, Aethon Labs

Aethon Labs
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Jarie Bolander

Lab Sensor Solutions ($750M Exit)

Lab Sensor Solutions
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Ravi Kurani
Sutro ($10M Exit)
Sutro

Leadership Positions Available

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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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.

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Partners

Equinix

A Guide to Seed Fundraising

Coming up with a great idea for your startup is one thing, but it’s often what comes next that can make all the difference. Without a sustainable source of funding …

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Investor Syndicates: How Do They Work?

How to raise money is a crucial question for startup founders. Due to the newness and riskiness of many startup ventures, most founders can’t access capital through traditional means such …

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How to Use AngelList to Fund Your Startup

When it comes to raising funds for your startup, connecting with venture capitalists and angel investors is a top priority. In recent years, startup founders are increasingly turning to platforms …

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How to Build a Startup in the Real World with Tim Sylvester

According to a report released last year, San Francisco and New York are ranked as the top two startup ecosystems in the world, respectively. The cities were ranked according to …

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Advisor Startup Equity: What You Need to Know

Many founders in the growth stage focus on hiring for internal startup roles: technology, marketing, product management, business development, etc. However, it’s just as important to find a knowledgeable and …

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