Start and scale your next company
the next great wave of companies
Build lifelong connections with ambitious founders
Exchange ideas with ambitious builders
Build deep connections
Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing
Navigate the startup ecosystem supported by intimate masterminds with trusted peers
Go from idea to your first raise, together
Explore problems, validate ideas and test new markets
Get initial traction and accelerate your progress
Pitch and product feedback sessions
Access to top talent
Dedicated fundraising support
Everything you need to accelerate your startup journey, for years to come
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What does a typical month at ODF look like?
Here’s what other Fellows have been saying about their ODF experience
The quality of ODF companies that pitched today were fantastic - congrats to the whole @beondeck team for putting together that demo day.
I'm in @beondeck #ODF4 for the last few weeks and it's easily the best decision I've ever made. It's a perfect combination of what I love about school - fun, engaging, incredible community and lots of valuable knowledge without the tests.
Plus the community is so so helpful!
Life after @beondeck is crazy good! The network is so powerful. @Auroreserete’s ODF cohort hasn’t even started yet and despite that she has helped me connect with 4 potential customers in completely new/different markets in record time. Thank you!
@beondeck enabled me to work with incredible founders, helped me discover my product idea--and, through an On Deck fellow--got me my first pre-seed funding. I can't articulate how amazing the On Deck network is and what a positive force it's been in my life. Apply!
The @beondeck fellowship is the most optimized environment for finding cofounders.
Midway through ODF & every time I attend a session or interact with the community I have the same excitement as Day 0. I wish all founder communities were like this.
I have never seen a community that translates the true essence of business & ideas beyond borders before @beondeck
Ready to apply?
The goal of ODF is to help amazing people that are 'on deck' for their next thing accomplish the following:
-Build deep relationships with founders
-Grow and expand their networks
-Explore and validate ideas
-Get user feedback on product
-Find a co-founder
-Fundraise and find investors
The On Deck Fellowship is an invite-only annual membership program, designed to bring the very best talent from across the On Deck network together to connect over a series of digital gatherings, expert workshops, 1:1 introductions, and more.
The goal of the Fellowship is ultimately to help more people build better companies by forming stronger, better aligned founding teams; fast-tracking early hires; and helping founders construct a community around themselves at the very earliest stages.
Some people compare the impact to doing an MBA at a top college, which can cost $100-200k. Others compare it to accelerators such as YC, which “cost” a lot more in equity or opportunity cost terms.
We routinely see fellows who have the trajectory of their careers change, carve months off their “ideation” processes, and raise more capital at better valuations through participating in the fellowship.
You’re welcome to ask them! Visit the On Deck Wall of Love (with a few specific examples here and here)
ODF is an annual membership that costs $2990/year. Payment options are available. We also have scholarships available for each cohort through the On Deck Access Fund.
The membership covers:
- One year with hundreds of hours of live programming and curriculum
- Access to the online community Slack and access to the On Deck Directory
- Access to the content library and archive
- $50k+ worth of value from our partners (i.e. $10k AWS credits, $20k Stripe credits, and discounts with 40+ products/services you’ll actually want to use)
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.
The Founder Fellowship is geared towards those looking to start companies. Check out our First 50 Fellowship, which is specifically designed for people who want to join early-stage startups.
Since cohort 3, the On Deck Fellowship has gone entirely digital, with stronger engagement and NPS than ever before. You can be based anywhere and participate – In our last cohort we had fellows join from 18 different countries.
We believe that it has never been more important to be deeply connected in San Francisco, but never less important to actually build your company here. During the program you'll be deeply immersed in SF tech even if you're halfway around the world!
Participation is held in strict confidence. Even if you’re happy to share, you are requested to respect the privacy of other members who aren’t ready to make their plans public.
We’ve developed a framework for assessing candidates on at least one of the following:
1) Experienced operator
Previously founded or was an early employee of a notably successful company, and is now moving on to a 2nd/3rd/etc venture.
2) Technical excellence
Has deep technical experience (2–3 years+ as an engineer with reputable technology companies), and/or has been recognized as a research leader within applicable technology fields (e.g. machine learning, STEM).
3) Product leadership
Has held senior roles at notable companies, and can point to examples of products they’ve built/scaled to hundreds of thousands of people.
4) Industry insight
Worked in X industry for Y years, and has in doing so developed some unique insights or unfair advantages they possess vs. all others.
5) Wildcard / raw entrepreneurial potential
None of the above, but stands out from the crowd based on initiative taken, side-projects, community contributions, and more.
Finally, perhaps the most important question of the interview: does this Fellow come with a spirit of service, and what will they contribute to the community?
Our screening criteria starts with: “do we think this person is fully committed to starting a company in the next 3 months?"
You will have access to the ODF community for one year. After one year, you will have the opportunity to renew your membership. If you choose not to renew your membership, you will still retain access to a modified version of On Deck's directory; however, you will not have access to any other ODF or On Deck resources.
We heavily prioritize those that are early along in the process. Some may have a few ideas floating around, others may be looking for co-founders, and most haven’t started fundraising.
We feel the formative stages of a company are the most critical, and that they set the foundation and trajectory for the journey ahead. We want to ensure founders at this early stage have the adequate resources and infrastructure they need to succeed.
Historically, roughly 40% came into the fellowship with a specific idea but were open to changing, 35% were openly exploring or looking to latch onto others' ideas, and 25% had some initial MVP/prototype or were getting ready to fundraise.
Roughly 200 world-class people from all over the world.
In addition to the upcoming cohort, we have an Alumni community of 1200+ founders (and growing) that we love to keep engaged with the community and to have opportunities to interact with the new cohort.
Unlike accelerators where a bigger batch size often correlates to a poorer experience, the fellowship behaves in quite the opposite: since most fellows join while still in the pre-team phase, there's more liquidity in the talent pool to find potential collaborators, and more collective knowledge and expertise to tap for specialized breakouts or advice.
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.
Thanks for being upfront. The community works best when members are all at similar stages of planning to found a company or transition into something new in the immediate future. If you think you’ll be a bit longer, come back once you feel the timing is right — or, check out some of our other fellowship programs.