NYC Startup Community, Mentorship and Events

Navigating the competitive startup scene in New York City can be daunting. Don’t face the challenges alone. Join Founders Network and surround yourself with a supportive community of seasoned NYC tech founders who understand the unique demands of the city’s entrepreneurial landscape.

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New York City is a thriving metropolis that has emerged as a prominent player in the global startup ecosystem thanks to its diverse talent pool, and robust financial industry. From disruptive companies like WeWork and Etsy to innovative fintech startups and digital media giants, NYC’s startup scene is a melting pot of innovation and opportunity.

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Founders Network is dedicated to supporting and connecting startup founders in this fast-paced entrepreneurial landscape. We understand that building a successful startup demands access to a strong network of mentors, investors, and fellow entrepreneurs. That’s why we provide a platform for founders to connect, collaborate, and learn from a global network of their peers through our curated events, mentorship program, and exclusive resources.

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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 NYC Startup Community's Local Leadership Team

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

Growth Chair
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Ford Seeman is a social good entrepreneur. He is the Founder and President of Forest Founders, a 501c3 whose mission is to create the tools to allow individuals and businesses to become carbon accountable. He is also the Cofounder of Righteous Causes, a benefit corporation dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs through an “Innovator Incubator.”

Doug Lessing

Chapter Director

Doug Lessing has made it his life’s work to evangelize the importance of using business as force for good in a fractured world. As the Founder of his latest venture, Phin®, a philanthropic tech platform and certified BCorp, he is an advocate for companies being great by doing good.

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Resources and Communities

New York City (NYC) is a bustling metropolis known for its vibrant startup ecosystem and entrepreneurial spirit. The city offers a wealth of resources and communities that support startups and foster innovation. 

Venture Capital Firms: NYC is home to a robust network of venture capital firms that provide essential funding and support to startups. Notable firms include Union Square Ventures, First Round Capital, and Bessemer Venture Partners. These firms offer financial backing, expertise, and valuable connections to help startups thrive.

Startup Incubators and Accelerators: NYC hosts a variety of renowned startup incubators and accelerators that provide comprehensive support and resources. Techstars NYC, ERA (Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator), and NYU Tandon Future Labs are prominent examples. These programs offer mentorship, funding, and access to a vast network of entrepreneurs and industry professionals.

Co-working Spaces: The city boasts numerous co-working spaces tailored to the needs of startups. Locations such as WeWork, Alley, and The Wing offer flexible office solutions, collaborative environments, and networking opportunities. These spaces provide a supportive community and access to amenities that foster growth and productivity.

Networking Events and Meetups: NYC is a hub for networking events and meetups that bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts. Events like TechCrunch Disrupt, NYC Tech Meetup, and Startup Grind NYC offer platforms for knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and valuable connections within the startup community.

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