Level up, connect, and invest with top operator angels

On Deck Angels (ODA) is a continuous community for operator angels. We combine an incredible network of peers, world-class curriculum and exclusive deal flow to help you refine your investing craft and build lasting relationships.
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Apply by October 10th to join the next onboarding kicking off on October 24th.
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Join a community obsessed with funding the future, together

Angel investing can be solitary and lonely. Our members are founders and operators at companies like Amazon, Uber, Stripe, Tesla, and Coinbase, and embrace network driven investing.
Paige Doherty
Paige Doherty
General Partner, Behind Genius Ventures
Jonathan Hillis
Jonathan Hillis
Founder, Creator Cabins
Leigh Marie Braswell
Leigh Marie Braswell
Investor, Founders Fund
Casey Caruso
Casey Caruso
Partner, Paradigm
Brian Rumao
Brian Rumao
Chief of Staff, LinkedIn
Utsav Somani
Utsav Somani
Partner, AngelList India
Anne Ferracane
Anne Ferracane
Managing Partner, Patch Ventures
Kiel Berry
Kiel Berry
Investor, Mission One
Jonathan Wasserstrum
Jonathan Wasserstrum
CEO and Co-Founder, SquareFoot
Sam Hodges
Sam Hodges
CEO and Co-Founder, Vouch
Martin Tobias
Martin Tobias
Founder, Incisive Ventures
Ian Logan
Ian Logan
VP Engineering, Rose Rocket

Supportive community

Get support from a network of peers committed to pursuing excellence in the craft of angel investing.

Opportunity and access

Find co-investors, mentors and friends for life. ODA members regularly share deal flow and collaborate on diligence.

Sterling credential

Get a credential that’s increasingly recognized by the most ambitious founders and discerning investors in the world.
Levels

Raised $12 million led by a16z with participation from ODA fellows.

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Motion

Raised $150k from YC with participation from ODA fellows.

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Overflow

Raised $10 million from Village Global & Craft Ventures with participation from ODA fellows.

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Get access to deal flow from the On Deck and ODA partner ecosystems

Fellows get founder intros and access to deal flow from On Deck and ODA’s partner networks.

Get introductions to fast-growing companies

Over 400 introductions have been made between On Deck Founders and On Deck Angels.

Get exclusive access to top deals

Hundreds of hot deals shared in the Angels community, with opportunities to participate in competitive rounds.

Meaningful connections

Develop deep relationships with talented peers from around the world that will last for years

20 funds & syndicates

In 14 months, over 20 ODA members have launched funds or syndicates

400+ direct intros

Hundreds of deals, and intros between founders and angels

24 countries

Funding and opportunities from Silicon Valley to India to the Philippines.

Get support to launch a fund or syndicate

Growing alone can be tough. The ODA community is a place for confidential, meaningful conversations and support from capable peers who understand the challenges you face and want to see you succeed.

Level up investing knowledge

Programming and strategy to refine your thesis and build your LP base

Launch a fund or syndicate

Launch a fund or syndicate with the support of people who have been there, done that

Learn from a world-class community

Connect and learn from talented emerging managers, syndicate leads, and experienced angels from around the world
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Continuously level up and gain confidence with weekly Learning Sessions

Acquire specialized frameworks, knowledge and skills to become a confident angel via live sessions and fireside chats with incredible guests and an extensive library of content.

Practical learning opportunities

Regularly expand and refresh your knowledge on a variety of in-demand and relevant industry topics that you can apply immediately

High-signal sessions with industry’s best

Join intimate deep dives and fireside sessions with top guests like James Beshara, Shaan Pari, and Anna Dwane

Ever-growing library of content

Enjoy ongoing access to a database of recorded sessions so you can learn on your own schedule
AngelList Syndicates 101
Paige Doherty, ODA3
Paige Doherty, ODA3
Founder and General Partner
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Deep Dive: Investing in India
Gautam Shewakramani
Gautam Shewakramani
Head of APAC + India
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Emerging Manager Social
Mike Suprovici
Mike Suprovici
Head of Acceleration
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Bi-Weekly Mastermind Group
Join a mastermind group of trusted peers
Join a mastermind group of trusted peers
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Diligence Debrief: KTD, Inc. (seed round)
Anne Dwane
Anne Dwane
Co-founder and Partner
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Accelerate your journey towards becoming a world-class angel

On Deck Angels is a life-long, invite-only community with a 5-week immersive onboarding to help you build lasting relationships from Day 1.
Application Process
Fill out the application form to be considered for the ODA Membership
We review each application, putting special emphasis on our core values
Successful candidates will be invited to an interview with the Program Director
5-Week Onboarding
Welcome aboard! The next 5 weeks are an opportunity to get immersed into the community and learn how to navigate On Deck to achieve your goals for the years ahead!
Attend kick-off and orientation sessions
Meet up with your curated connections
Share your first deals with the community

Life-long Community

The onboarding was just the beginning! Once complete, you can officially start benefiting from access to everything your yearly ODA membership has to offer
Exclusive access to top deals
Signature sessions with world-class speakers
Access to the On Deck Directory
Social and networking events
Small groups and 1:1 coaching
Curated Connections with other members
Mastermind sessions with trusted peers
Opportunity to explore the On Deck Ecosystem

Apply to On Deck Angels

In lieu of a program fee, we ask you to contribute $5000 to the On Deck Access Fund, that'll enable underrepresented founders to partake in the On Deck Founder Fellowship.

Rising Stars

Experienced operators & founders with expertise moving into angel investing.
  • Level-up with fundamentals workshops
  • Define your focus and build a platform
  • Invest alongside seasoned angels
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Operator Angels

Individuals investing today, looking for structure and strategy as they accelerate pace.
  • Develop your own pipeline of direct deals
  • Leverage the network to increase value-add
  • Join a mastermind group of trusted peers
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Emerging Managers

Investors in the process or early stages of raising institutional capital.
  • Refine & validate your thesis
  • Build your fundraising plan
  • Mastermind groups for new managers
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FAQ

What’s the goal of the On Deck Angel Fellowship?

On Deck is on a mission to 10x the number of founders building world changing companies.

To accomplish this goal, we also want to help increase the number of experienced operators-turned-investors backing these founders and companies.

When startups raise capital, who they choose to raise from can have a critical impact on their trajectory.

World-class founders love raising from other established founders and experienced operators who have been there before, can provide relevant advice, and open up their networks to find new customers, potential hires, and more.

But just like starting a company, getting started as an angel investor is fraught with risk and uncertainty.

  • How much capital should I allocate?
  • What is the right valuation, and do the terms make sense?
  • How do I evaluate opportunities in this industry, or find experts to help me evaluate?
  • How should I reference this founder, or understand if this team’s experience fits the problem they’re trying to solve?
  • How much do I weigh traction against other positive signals?

The goal of ODA is to build an amazing community and peer learning environment around cohorts of established founders and operators, experienced angel investors, and emerging managers; helping them accelerate their journeys to becoming world-class angel investors.

What does it cost? What do I get as a participant?

In lieu of a program fee, for all investor fellowships we ask you to contribute to the On Deck Access Fund. For the Angel Fellowship, we ask for a $5,000 donation that enables two fellows to partake in the On Deck Founder Fellowship.

As a participant in On Deck Angels, you get: 
1) A 5-week immersive onboarding, including hours of live programming, breakout sessions and masterclasses.

2) Access to the online community and On Deck Directory. You’ll have visibility into the various projects and ideas fellows are working on, opportunity to engage in online forums, and host discussion groups/workshops with our founders.

3) The opportunity to participate in official On Deck investor programming, including office hours, our “first look” investor program, founder pitch days, and to request introductions directly to 1,000+ ODF founders at the most formative stages of company building.


4) And ultimately: the life-changing opportunity to build relationships with a group of high potential co-investors, talented founders and operators: a network and talent “asset” that will follow you deep into your investing career.

Who should apply?

To be a good fit for ODA, you are likely:‍

  • A current or past founder or operator, with deep knowledge of your market who wants to move into angel investing
  • An experienced angel investor looking to accelerate your pace of investing and develop your own pipeline of direct deals
  • An emerging manager currently or in the early stages of raising institutional capital
What is the time commitment?

Between attending sessions, meeting other fellows 1:1, and curated mastermind groups you can expect to spend ~2-4 hours per week engaging with the program. We recognize that everyone in the program has busy schedules and a lot of personal commitments so engagement may vary week to week and that’s ok.

We have purposefully structured the program with your schedules in mind, allowing for structured content, a speaker series, and more curated small group sessions pairing those with challenges to those who have solved them before. We will also record and share sessions and engage asynchronously on Slack. This structure will continue throughout the annual membership.

There’s no pressure to invest in any companies or founders you meet: you can invest at your own pace and remain focused on your company. Most participants invest in companies they’re already helping.

Do I have to be an accredited investor to join?

Yes, the On Deck Angel Fellowship is for accredited investors only.

We want the ODA community to be a safe space to share information about active fundraises, deals you’re seeing and considering participating in. Unfortunately, this means we have to restrict access to accredited investors only.

Accredited investors are individuals or entities that meet standards defined by U.S. securities regulators which allow them to invest in certain private securities offerings. Most startups raising money do so from accredited investors only.

You should read the full definition here, but in brief this includes:

1) Individuals with annual income over $200K individually (or $300K with spouse) in each of the last 2 years and an expectation of the same this year.

2) Individuals with net assets over $1 million, excluding their primary residence (priced common stock or vested shares in a startup can count).

3) An institution with over $5 million in assets, such as a venture fund or a trust.

4) An entity made up entirely of accredited investors.

While this regulation itself is problematic for a number of reasons, the consequences of not playing by SEC rules are high and mostly fall on founders, so we have to be strict here.

Is this a fully remote program?

Yes. ODA will be run entirely remotely.

In the fall, we’ll return to organizing offline programming like dinners, small gatherings, and retreats, but the core Membership will remain a remote-first experience.

Is this just for people who want to be VCs?

We expect that participants will be experienced angel investors, emerging managers raising institutional capital, and founders and operators who plan to continue operating and building companies as their “day job” while scaling up their investing on the side.

If you’re an investor interested in equities and crypto, we suggest you check out the On Deck Investing Fellowship.

Can I join ODA as well as the On Deck Founder Fellowship?

Yes! Many ODF Fellows are excited founders and experienced operators who are investing in addition to building their own companies. We’d love to have you involved in both, or take one after the other depending on the optimal timing for your founder journey.

What are the Guiding Values of On Deck?

You can view our values here, but to summarize: Service, Sacredness, Respect, and Gratitude.

How long will I have access to the community?

After the fellowship ends, you’ll maintain access to your cohort and community for one year. 

What happens after the first year of membership?

After one year of membership, you will have the opportunity to renew your membership. If you choose not to renew your membership, you will lose access to all On Deck platforms, networks, and content.

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