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On Deck helped us hire our first employee, raise $900k in pre-seed, and accelerate our GTM motion within the network. Our Series B wouldn’t have happened without On Deck.
On Deck helped me recruit our team, find our first beta customers, and build a community of support to get through the challenges of the founder to CEO transition.
On Deck has been transformational for finding my co-founder and meeting like-minded individuals. It brings together people who are exceptional, ready to start a company and the mentorship needed.
On Deck was catalytic in the earliest introductions to angel investors which gave us the momentum needed for later rounds of fundraising.
On Deck helped me get conviction on one of the four ideas I had when I joined. Those same fellows became our most valuable early users.
I met my co-founder Alan in ODF2, we hired an account executive and growth marketer through On Deck’s talent programs, and that helped us raise from Felicis and NFX.
I hired my first engineer and my first designer via On Deck.
On Deck was instrumental to OfficeTogether’s fundraising and early hires. We hired a strategy lead from On Deck First 50 and a designer from On Deck Designers. I’ve also made some lifelong friends.
On Deck helped find our first users, validate our idea, and connect us with the fund who led our $1.85M seed round.
I met my co-founder and CTO Akshay thanks to On Deck. He's a force of nature and we complement each other perfectly.
On Deck guided our fundraising strategy and connected us to tier one investors from Silicon Valley and Europe. They were essential in helping us raise additional funding.
If you’re ready to build, we’re ready to back you
We believe in you and your ideas. When you join ODF, we commit to this handshake deal: if you start a company within the next year, you'll join ODX, and we'll invest on our standard terms of $125,000 for 7%.
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ODF is for people at the earliest stages of their founder journey. All you need to join is a special skill or insight, and the desire to build a venture-scale business. If you have an idea or a cofounder already, that’s great — ODF can help you with traction, product, and more. If you are already working full-time on your startup, check out ODX.
ODF is a program for people who are exploring the possibility of starting a company, but are unsure if that’s actually what they want to do. The program helps you navigate the idea maze, find collaborators and figure out if you're ready to build a venture-scaled business.
ODX is an accelerator for people who have the conviction to start a venture-scale company. ODX will help you validate your idea, find customers, hire a team and raise capital.
ODF is for people who are exploring the possibility of starting a company, but are unsure if that’s actually what they want to do. As a member of ODF, you have an All Access Pass to the On Deck network. What you choose to take advantage of is up to you. If you’re looking for a cofounder, our cofounder matching service will help you find the right people. If you want to explore and validate ideas, you can tap into world-leading experts via our Sector Networks. If you want to tighten up your founder skills, you can attend workshops and talks multiple times per week. When you join, you’ll go through orientation and your community manager will help you navigate the many resources available.
When you join ODF, you get 12 months to use your All Access Pass to the On Deck network. At any point during these 12 months, if you build enough conviction to work full-time on your startup idea, you can convert to our accelerator, ODX. Joining ODX restarts the clock and gives you another 12 months, plus $125,000 and all ODX benefits. After your time in ODF or ODX is up, you become a lifelong member of our alumni community.
How much time you invest in ODF is largely up to you. For your first month, we recommend spending at least 4 hours per week attending onboarding sessions and getting to know your cohort. After that, ODF is flexible. Some weeks you may want to spend 20 hours taking calls with fellows or attending sessions. Other weeks you may choose not to do anything. Many ODF fellows are working around families and jobs, and we fully support and respect these commitments.
There is no upfront cash cost to participate in ODF. When you join the community, we commit to this handshake deal via a Memorandum of Understanding: if you start a company within the next year, you'll join ODX, and we'll invest on our standard terms of $125,000 for 7%. There's no penalty or cost if you decide not to. Put another way: by joining ODF, you’ve already gotten your first firm investment commitment, even if you’re pre-traction, pre-team, or pre-idea.
Because we recruit founders from all over the world, ODF is fully virtual. However, we have thriving alumni communities in many major metros, and will host periodic in-person events for founders to meet each other in person.
Absolutely! We believe that talent is distributed evenly around the world, and a big part our mission for ODF is to elevate and support founders outside of Silicon Valley. We accept applicants from anywhere in the world.
On Deck commits to backing you earlier than anyone else. If you decide to start a company and build full-time, you'll be automatically given a seat in ODX. ODX support you with $125,000 and an intimate 12-week program, an All Access Pass to On Deck for you to hire talent, raise money and find customers, plus a dedicated Build Partner who will work with you hands-on to hit your next milestones and raise your next round of capital. You can learn more about ODX here.
Sometimes, the conclusion of your exploration in ODF is that you’re not ready to start a venture-scale business. That’s completely fine! We want all members of the community to make the decisions that are right for them. If you leave ODF without starting a company, there’s no penalty and no cost. You also get to remain a member of the community as an alum, and we can help you as you transition towards the next exciting phase of your career.
If you’re not yet ready to work full-time working on your startup, you should apply for ODF (even if your company is already incorporated). If you are prepared to work full-time on your startup, or are already doing so, you should join ODX (even if your company is not yet incorporated).
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.
Rolling admissions means that you can apply to ODF anytime. There is no cutoff date, and if accepted, you will join the upcoming cohort. New ones kick off quarterly.