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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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  • 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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Founders Network Global Stats

Connect with one of the world’s largest invitation-only founder communities

$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

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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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The Secrets to SaaS Startup Success with Dave Lambert

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Wattpad’s Allen Lau on Founding a Company with Global Ambitions

Wattpad was started by two immigrants, Ivan Yuen and Allen Lau, in Toronto, which is known to be the most diverse city in the world. As CEO & co-founder Allen …

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How to Turn a Sales Presentation into a Conversation

“My belief is a presentation should be a conversation, and the dominant force in that conversation is not what to say — it’s what to ask.”  This is Greg Winston’s strategy …

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Should You Outsource Your Product Development?

According to Alvaro Chacon, founder and CEO of the creative and technical digital agency Stateside, developing a long-term product development plan is important from the start. He recommends founders ask …

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