Founders Factory is a startup accelerator and venture capital firm established in London in 2015. The accelerator is focused on investing in and scaling early-stage companies across multiple industries, including fintech, edtech, healthtech, media, AI, and retail. Co-founded by Brent Hoberman and Henry Lane Fox, Founders Factory has a global presence with operations in the UK, the US, and Africa.
The entities driving this global accelerator include L’Oreal, Aviva, easyJet, and The Guardian Media Group, who provide industry expertise, commercial partnerships, and unique resources to the startups in the Founders Factory portfolio. Founders Factory has the reputation of being a "talent magnet" due its extensive partnerships and industry network.
One of the accelerator's success stories is AI chatbot company, IrisAI. Founders Factory supported the startup in its early stages, offering resources and networking opportunities, which were pivotal in its expansion and securing solid funding. Other successful companies graduated from Founders Factory include Popsa(local photobook maker), which secured £3M in funding and has since scaled aggressively.
Founders Factory runs a unique model combining incubating its own ideas and accelerating existing businesses. Every year, they co-found two companies and accelerate five more across each of the sectors they operate in. They offer a bespoke programme for every startup they work with. This includes product support, operational support, expert advice, and a huge range of benefits.
Notably, Founders Factory initiated Founders of the Future, a non-profit aimed at discovering and nurturing future technology entrepreneurs aged 14-25 across Europe. This initiative showcases the accelerator's commitment to building an ecosystem that fosters innovation from the ground up, which is central to its mission.
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