Become a Startup Scout
Capital Factory

Explore new horizons as a VC startup scout, where you can tap into your strategic foresight while experiencing the exhilarating world of startups. Your savvy expertise will power innovative and exciting ventures.


Capital Factory has solidified its reputation as a major player within the startup ecosystem. Located in Austin, Texas, it dubs itself the 'center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas' and provides a range of services, including coworking spaces, mentorship, and investment. Capital Factory works with a variety of startups spanning multiple sectors and offers access to an extensive network of experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors. They boast an impressive roster of successful tech startups.

One of the best-known success stories from Capital Factory is the startup Coder - a provider of open-source tools that make it easier to configure and customize development environments. Coder has successfully raised a $30M series B funding, indicating their growth and potential. Datical, a provider of database release automation solutions, is another successful Capital Factory alumni, securing over $27M in funding before its acquisition by Liquibase.

Apart from working directly with startups, Capital Factory also maintains a strong connection with the VC ecosystem. Venture capital firms and individual investors often cowork at Capital Factory to engage with startups directly and discover potentially high-value investment opportunities. For instance, Silverton Partners, a major venture capital firm in Austin, has often capitalized on promising startups from Capital Factory.

Capital Factory is highly involved in initiatives to connect entrepreneurs with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and other major industry stakeholders to spur innovation. They maintain collaborations with organizations like Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and AFWERX to create an innovation bridge between the Department of Defense and the tech ecosystem.

Capital Factory emphasizes diversity and inclusivity in the startup ecosystem, hosting events and programs specifically catered towards underrepresented groups. The $100K Diversity Challenge, for instance, is a key initiative to encourage and support diverse entrepreneurship.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Capital Factory is the premier center of innovation in Austin, Texas and we welcome investors to join us in discovering the latest dealflow opportunities from individuals, startups, and innovative ventures. Sign up now to explore the future of entrepreneurship!

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