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San Francisco Startup Community, Mentorship and Events

San Francisco is consistently ranked as the top startup ecosystem in the world. But tech founders interested in getting involved in the San Francisco startup community often don’t know where to start.  Founders Network simplifies the process by connecting you with a high-value network of authentic tech founders that can help you solve problems and answer questions faster.

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Learn, Network, and Engage with entrepreneurs in San Francisco

San Francisco remains an unrivaled powerhouse in the global startup scene. With its proximity to top-tier venture capital firms, renowned universities, and a culture that celebrates risk-taking and disruption, San Francisco offers an unparalleled environment for startups to flourish. The city has been home to some of the most influential companies of our time, such as Apple, Google, and Uber, and continues to nurture a thriving ecosystem of groundbreaking startups across diverse sectors.

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Based in San Francisco, Founders Network understands the unique needs and challenges faced by startup founders in this vibrant city. We support the San Francisco startup scene by connecting tech founders with experienced mentors, hosting events and networking opportunities, and providing access to resources and tools. We believe that connecting with like-minded entrepreneurs and industry veterans is crucial for success, and we have built a robust global network to support our members every step of the way.

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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 San Francisco Startup Community's Local Leadership Team

Our local leadership team consists of a dedicated group of San Francisco-based founders who volunteer their time and expertise to support the growth and success of the chapter.
David Ordal

Chapter Director
ExaVault

David is passionate about building technology companies. He was the Founder and CEO at ExaVault, which was acquired by Files.com in late 2021. He maintains a bliki (blog+wiki) at www.startupcto.com, which contains a brain dump of the practical, hands-on lessons that he’s learned while developing tech startups.

Ravi Kurani

Growth Chair
Sutro

With over 10 years of experience in engineering, business, and entrepreneurship, Ravi leads the digital transformation of IOT and B2B software systems in the swimming pool and spa industry, under the brand of Sutro. He is passionate about leveraging technology and innovation to solve environmental and social challenges.

Founders Network Global Stats

$5B+

COLLECTIVELY RAISED

$1.1M

Average Funding

600+

Tech Founders

55%

SERIAL ENTREPRENEURS

4.6

STARTUPS PER MEMBER

100+

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San Francisco
Resources and Communities

San Francisco, located in the northern region of the San Francisco Bay Area, is a vibrant city known for its thriving startup ecosystem and innovative tech culture. The city offers a range of resources and communities that support entrepreneurs and startups.

Venture Capital Firms: San Francisco is home to numerous venture capital firms that provide crucial funding and support to startups. Prominent names include Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Founders Fund. These firms offer financial backing, strategic guidance, and valuable connections to help startups scale and succeed.

Startup Incubators and Accelerators: The city houses renowned startup incubators and accelerators that provide comprehensive support and resources to early-stage companies. Y Combinator, based in San Francisco, is one of the world’s leading startup accelerators, known for launching successful companies such as Airbnb, Dropbox, and Reddit. Other notable programs include 500 Startups, Techstars, and AngelPad.

Co-working Spaces: San Francisco offers a variety of co-working spaces that provide flexible work environments and foster collaboration among startups. Popular options include WeWork, Galvanize, and The Vault SF. These spaces not only provide affordable office solutions but also offer networking opportunities, workshops, and community events.

Networking Events and Meetups: The city hosts numerous networking events, meetups, and conferences that bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and industry professionals. These events offer a platform for knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and the formation of valuable connections. Notable events include TechCrunch Disrupt, SF New Tech, and Startup Grind.

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Our curated group of partners enables you to find the resources, vendors, and professionals you need fast. We offer personalized recommendations and connections that save you from having to do the legwork on your own.

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