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San Francisco Startup Mentor Programs

Post 2008, San Francisco has eclipsed Silicon Valley proper to become the new epicenter of tech startup activity. San Francisco is everything you’d expect from the tech capital of the world. Office rent and housing costs are sky-high, the city is bustling, and there are more startup events on any given evening than you could possibly attend. Because San Francisco is so startup focused, it is one of the best places to meet co-founders, investors, hire talent, and learn how to run an effective high-growth company.

Founders Network, headquartered in San Francisco, sits in the heart of it all. Serving as a connection within the city and to the rest of the world, Founders Network provides a mentorship program that removes geographical limits for its founders. San Francisco members can operate with a network of global support behind them.

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Mentorship from select San Francisco founders

Request Invite to Join Our Month Cohort!
Gain Access To:
London Founders Network
San Francisco
  • 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

  • Exclusive local Founders Network events

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Founders Network Global Stats

Connecting San Francisco Founders with each other and the Founders Network community.

$1B+
Collective Capital Raised
$1.1M
Avg Funding
600+
Global FN Network
55%
Serial Entrepreneurs
100+
FN Global Events

FN’s most valuable asset is the community‚ All the founders on the network are always willing to schedule time to help a fellow founder out or make a quick introduction to their own network.

Mark Oden
Founder of Taskware

The thing that I value the most about Founders Network is that I can get advice from a vetted group of entrepreneurs who have faced or are facing the same challenges as me. With the ability to follow specific threads, mute others, and post/reply directly from my email inbox, my questions get answered fast by founders who know what they’re talking about.

Justin Hefter
Founder of Bandura Games

The staff of founders network have a sincere desire to help startup founders. I really appreciate the open, transparent philosophy that Founders Network expects from its members.

Michael Maners
Founder of Yoodelit

Local Leadership

Each Founders Network Chapter has an appointed Regional 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.
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Ben Simon-Thomas

Growth Chair

ODMS, LLC
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Peter Imburg

Membership Chair

Elfster
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Joshua Krammes

Ecosystem Advisor

StackPath
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Vishal Singh

Regional Partner

Morrison Foerster

Leadership Positions Available

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Events

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Local Events
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Types of Events
  • Peer Advisory Roundtables

  • Thought Leadership Keynotes

  • Happy Hours

  • Virtual Pitch Practice Ft. Tier 1 VC’s

  • Virtual Office Hours Ft. Tier 1 VC’s

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Global Conferences

Upcoming events

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Past events

Sponsors

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6 Startup Founders Share their Hiring Mistakes

Today’s most successful startups thrive with the help and insight of eager, dedicated employees. But hiring the right talent isn’t always easy. We asked 6 Founders Network members with experience …

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5 Lessons from The Founder of Siri

There’s nothing like creating your own company. I believe, as many do, that a startup is the biggest change agent in the world. Why is it then, that so many …

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Founder and Author Ellie Rubin Talks Entrepreneurship Lessons and Conquering Fear at 16,000 Feet

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The Real Way to Approach a VC (And Be Successful)

Recently, Founders Edge had the pleasure of speaking with Nick Desai, the CEO and Co-founder of Los Angeles-based startup Heal. Heal specializes in primary care doctor house calls. Heal´s model …

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Announcing our New London Leadership Team

In our ever-increasing desire to collaborate with and unite global leaders in paving the way for startup success, Founders Network is proud to introduce our new London Leadership Team. We believe …

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Fundraising Strategies that Make Investors Love You

Silicon Valley startup investor SC Moatti is a product powerhouse. As managing partner at Mighty Capital, Moatti guides founders in AI, big data, analytics and personalized medicine towards successful exits. …

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Why Chicago Startups Should Stay in Chicago

When many people think of hotbeds for startup activity, their minds instinctively drift toward places like Silicon Valley and San Francisco. But on the other side of the country, Chicago …

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