Silicon Valley Startup Community, Mentorship and Events

As a startup founder in the nation’s most prominent tech hub, it’s easy to feel like you’re drowning in the sea of Silicon Valley startups. Founders Network helps you keep your head above water with a high-value network of authentic tech founders that enables you to avoid failure and experience success.

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Learn, Network, and Engage with entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is the top destination in the world for tech startups. As the rest of the world races to catch up, the Silicon Valley startup scene continues to set the tone for the larger startup ecosystem. Silicon Valley is home to the world’s top venture capital firms and top startups like Facebook, Netflix, and Slack. But while competition in the area is high, so are the opportunities.

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Founders Network is based in San Francisco, just 45 minutes north of the valley and was built with the Silicon Valley startup founder in mind. At Founders Network, we know that a robust network of other founders is an essential part of any successful tech founder’s startup playbook. Our mentorship program is designed to support our members throughout their startup journey and accelerate their success.

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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 Silicon Valley Startup Community's Local Leadership Team

Our local leadership team consists of a dedicated group of Silicon Valley-based founders who volunteer their time and expertise to support the growth and success of the chapter.
Marjan Panic

Chapter Director
Zucchabar, Inc

Engineer by training, entrepreneur by life experience, Marjan is a Silicon Valley  veteran with multiple startup exits (5 out of last 6).  In the past decade, Marjan has helped build and scale products to millions of users at MyFitnessPal, Bleacher Report, and Momondo. He’s passionate about education and startups.

Sophie Alcorn

Membership Chair
Alcorn Immigration Law

Sophie Alcorn is a top 10 California immigration attorney, entrepreneur, and thought leader. She is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. She founded Alcorn Immigration Law, lauded the Top Immigration Law Firm For Startups In California.

Pruthav Joshi

Growth Chair
SimplrOps Inc.

Pruthav Joshi Is the founder and CEO of SimplrOps, an enterprise SaaS technology company committed to delivering innovative, simple solutions to customers to support their business growth and get the most out of their SaaS investments.

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Silicon Valley
Resources and Communities

Silicon Valley is widely recognized as the birthplace of the modern technology industry and remains one of the most prominent and influential tech hubs in the world. It is home to numerous successful tech companies, venture capital firms, and a thriving startup ecosystem.

Venture Capital Firms: Silicon Valley is renowned for its numerous venture capital firms, which play a crucial role in funding and supporting startups. Prominent names include Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins, and Accel Partners, among many others. These firms provide financial backing, mentorship, and connections to help startups grow and scale.

Startup Incubators and Accelerators: There are several renowned incubators and accelerators in Silicon Valley that offer valuable support and resources to early-stage startups. Y Combinator, one of the world’s most prestigious startup accelerators, has helped launch successful companies like Airbnb, Dropbox, and Reddit. Other notable programs include 500 Startups, Techstars, and Plug and Play.

Co-working Spaces: Silicon Valley is home to a multitude of co-working spaces that provide affordable office spaces and a collaborative environment for startups. Places like WeWork, RocketSpace, and The Vault offer flexible workspace solutions, networking opportunities, and access to events and workshops.

Networking Events and Meetups: The region hosts a wide array of networking events, meetups, and conferences where entrepreneurs, investors, and industry professionals gather to exchange ideas, form partnerships, and stay updated on the latest trends. Some popular events include TechCrunch Disrupt, Silicon Valley Innovation Summit, and Startup Grind.

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