Connect and build with founders, operators, and leading minds in deep tech

On Deck Deep Tech (ODDT) is a continuous community where world-class scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and operators come together to build the future with deep tech.

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Onboarding is done in intimate cohorts every 4 months. Apply by September 20th to join the next onboarding cohort kicking off in early October.
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Connect with a community passionate about pushing the boundaries of human potential

Our members are founders, operators and investors working on frontier ideas in deep tech including Life Sciences, Machine Learning, Space, Energy, Hardware and Manufacturing. They come from diverse backgrounds and they all share a strong spirit of service, a belief that startups can push the boundaries of reality, and a desire to build, join, or support startups to do so.

Life Sciences

From therapeutics and diagnostics to the future of food
Nick Goldner
Co-Founder & CEO, resistanceBio Co-Founder & CEO, Viosera Therapeutics Venture Partner, Pioneer Fund
Michael Retchin
Petri Associate, Weill Cornell Medicine PhD
Ashton C Trotman-Grant
Co-Founder
Shannon Falconer
Co-Founder & CEO
Louis Metzger
Co-Founder & CEO
Justin Kolbeck
Co-Founder & CEO
Magda Kordon
Founder & CEO
Kamila Staryga
VP of Product Innovation
Alexis Rovner
Co-Founder & CEO
Viswa Colluru
Founder & CEO
Ben Kamens
CEO, Founder
Matthew Kirshner
Senior Associate

Machine Learning

From cutting-edge algorithmic development to applications
Arvind Neelakantan
Research Lead
Emma Qian
Research Engineering
Abhishek Kar
Senior Research Scientist
Andrew Faust
CTO
Jeremy Nixon
CEO, Consilience. ex-Google Brain
Sharon Zhou
Stealth founder, DeepLearning.AI Coursera Instructor, Stanford CS PhD Graduate
Iredia Olaye
Postdoctoral Scholar
Gaia Dempsey
CEO
Welton Chang
Co-Founder & CEO

Space

From development of technology to laws for our future in space
Yuk Chi Chan
Co-Founder & General Counsel
Keenan Johnson
Advisor & Board Member, Electric Potential. ex-SpaceX
Kartik Kumar
Co-Founder & CEO
Adam Obrusnik
CEO & CSO, PlasmaSolve; PhD Candidate, Masaryk University

Energy

From generation through multiple clean sources to storage and everything in between
Peter Lobaccaro
Technology Manager, U.S. Department of Energy
Adrienne Little
Rapid Evaluator, X the moonshot factory
Nuno Pereira
CEO & Co-Founder, Holy Grail
Tobias Egle
Founder, Stealth & PhD Candidate

Hardware

From ICs and sensors to drones and aviation
Michael Dubrovsky
Co-Founder
Ralf Schonherr
Co-Founder
Jonah Kaplan
ex-Uber, Software Engineer
Jake Vanderploeg
Founder, Stealth. ex-SpaceX
Ian Villa
ex-Uber, COO & Chief Product Officer
Hayk Martiros
VP of Autonomy

Manufacturing

Including all technologies around the fourth industrial revolution
Whitney Gaynor
CEO & Co-Founder
Alex Appelbe
Co-Founder & CEO
Dival Banerjee
Founder
Dhash Shrivathsa
CEO & Co-Founder, Radix Labs

Exchange ideas with the best in deep tech

Join a diverse set of practitioners and thinkers dedicated to building impactful solutions to the biggest challenges to humanity's progress.

Supportive community

Get the support you need to achieve your goals from a close-knit community of deep tech operators, investors and entrepreneurs.

Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing

Learn how to navigate the evolving deep tech landscape, changing regulations and emerging technologies through peer-to-peer knowledge sharing.

Navigate the deep tech ecosystem supported by intimate masterminds with trusted peers

Growing alone can be tough. The ODDT community is a place for confidential, meaningful conversations. You’ll get invaluable support from a network of capable peers who understand the challenges you face and want to see you succeed in reaching your individual goals.

Regular check-ins

Join bi-weekly small group conversations with others who are at similar stages of their startup journeys

First-hand advice

Work through your challenges in a supportive environment and get practical tips and guidelines from individuals who’ve been in similar situations

Meaningful connections

Develop deep relationships with talented peers from around the world that will last far beyond your learning groups

Access industry specific content you won’t find anywhere else

Acquire deep tech-specific frameworks, knowledge, and skills via thematic deep dives from experts, live tactical sessions from industry practitioners and an extensive library of content.

Thematic deep-dives from experts

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

High Signal Sessions With Industry’s Best

Join intimate deep dives and fireside sessions with top guests

Ever-growing Library Of Content

Enjoy ongoing access to a database of recorded sessions so you can learn on your own schedule
Emerging Trends in the Deep Tech Ecosystem
Guy Perelmuter
Founder, GRIDS Capital
Thinking Through Your IP strategy
Ed Steakley
Managing Partner & COO, Cognition IP
Picking the Right Problem to Solve with Robotics
Matanya Horowitz
Founder, AMP Robotics
Disrupting the Trillion Dollar Chemicals Industry with Biology
Gaurab Chakraborti
Co-Founder & CEO, Solugen
Platform Shift in Medicine: What Will the New Biotech Companies Look Like?
Blake Byers
Byers Capital
Building Space Startups
Delian Asparouhov
Principal, Founders Fund & Co-Founder & President, Varda Space Industries
Hype Cycle vs Market Maturity: Market Exploration for Deep Tech Founders
David Weekly
Medcorder
From AtomNet to Atomwise: Commercializing Your Research
Abraham Heifets
CEO, Atomwise
A Roadmap to Government Funding Programs in Cleantech
Peter Lobaccaro
U.S. Department of Energy
From Friends With an Idea to Microsats in Space
Ryan McLinko
Astranis

Our speakers are top founders, operators and investors in deep tech including:

Deena Shakir
General Partner
Matanya Horowitz
Founder
Seth Bannon
Founding Partner
Michael Dempsey
General Partner
Nabiha Saklayen
Founder
Ryan McLinko
Co-Founder & CTO
Nathan Benaich
Founding Partner
David Weekly
Founder & CEO
Jonah Kallenbach
Co-Founder & CEO
Seth Winterroth
General Partner
Siri Srinivas
Principal
Andreas Schmidt
CEO
Ali Tamaseb
Partner
Jake Becraft
Founder
Lidiya Dervisheva
Partner
Leo Polovets
General Partner
Matt Krisiloff
Co-Founder & CEO
Drew Reid
CEO
Chris Gibson
Co-Founder & CEO
Ed Steakley
IP Specialist
Blake Byers
Managing Partner, Byers Capital

Everything you need to make an impact in deep tech, for years to come

On Deck Deep Tech is a life-long community with a 4-week immersive onboarding to help you build lasting relationships from Day 1.
Application Process
Fill out the application form to be considered for the On Deck Deep Tech Fellowship
We review each application, putting special emphasis on our core values
Successful candidates will be invited to an interview with the Program Director
4-Week Onboarding
Welcome aboard! The next 4 weeks is 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
Select a track based on
your goals
Join community mixers and build connections with your deep tech tribe

Life-long Community

The onboarding was just the beginning! Once complete, you can officially start benefiting from ongoing access to everything your ODDT membership has to offer
Educational tracks designed and led by leaders you know and respect
Signature sessions with world-class speakers
Access to the On Deck Directory
Social and networking events
Small group and 1:1 coaching
Curated connections with other members
Mastermind sessions with trusted peers
Opportunity to explore other options within the On Deck ecosystem

Apply to On Deck Deep Tech

The ODDT membership is $2,990/year and $1,490/year for academics. Payment plans are available.

Founder

Learn the fundamentals of building and growing a deep tech company from the ground up
  • De-risking your startup
  • Developing innovative IP
  • The fundraising landscape in deep tech

Operator

Understand how to navigate your career as an deep tech operator
  • Building a career in deep tech
  • Increasing effectiveness in operations, R&D and technical roles
  • Choosing your next opportunity

Advisor

Leverage your research or expertise to advise deep tech startups
  • Supporting breakout startups
  • Supporting cutting-edge research
  • Exploring the landscape of the ever-dynamic deep tech frontier

FAQ

Who should apply?

To be a good fit for On Deck Deep Tech, you are probably:

  • A founder (first-time or repeat) looking to build a deep tech startup.
  • An experienced operator in industry looking to network with other professionals to find a co-founder, build an early team for a deep tech company or find companies to advise. Some ways in which you may be able to lend your expertise to early stage teams (non-exhaustive list) are: productization/commercialization of research and technology, expertise in scaling new technology, very specialized skill sets in some frontier technology
  • A professional with several years of experience in other sectors looking to transition into deep tech
  • A scientist/engineer in academia or industry looking to build or join a deep tech startup
  • A new college grad (STEM or otherwise) looking to join early stage deep tech startups
  • An individual who, irrespective of educational background, has achieved proficiency in an enabling skillset (machine learning, robotics, chemical synthesis, etc) that can be useful to a deep tech company that is at an early stage.

Do I need a deep tech background to apply?

No!


While having technical training is an advantage for starting deep tech companies, it is not necessary. Many great founders in our industry come from diverse experience and backgrounds.

Do I need to have a company or team before I apply?

No!


Our fellowship is here to support founders, researchers and operators at all stages of their development in deeptech. If you don’t have a team or co-founder, ODDT is the perfect place to find one.

What does it cost?

On Deck Deep Tech is an annual membership that costs $2990/year, and $1490/year for academics. Payment options are available. We also have scholarships available for each cohort through the On Deck Access Fund.

Are there scholarships or financing options available?

Our goal is to make the Fellowship accessible to the absolute best talent, no matter their financial situation.

All Fellows have the option to pay in four monthly installments (with no interest or additional charges). We also have a limited number of scholarships available thanks to our Access Fund. Information about scholarship applications will be provided to accepted Fellows closer to the kickoff date.

What is the time commitment?

Between attending sessions, meeting other fellows 1:1, and curated mastermind groups you can expect to spend ~2 hours per week engaging with the program. We recognize that everyone in the program is working full time with 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 busy 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 engage asynchronously on Slack. This structure will continue throughout the annual membership.

Is this a fully remote program?

Yes: On Deck Deep Tech will be run entirely remotely. This enables participation from all corners of the world. We’ve mastered the playbook for building remote communities and relationship building online, and will apply the same approach here.

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

Did we miss your question? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap.