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Founders Factory

Join the dynamic world of VC startup scouting and amplify your industry impact. Discover promising startups, earn incredible networking opportunities, and help shape the future of tech. Grow with us beyond Founders Factory.


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.

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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Join as a Scout at Your University

Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Connect with Founders Factory (University) to receive dealflow opportunities from individuals, startups, and innovations straight to your inbox!

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Do you interview founders & startups? Take your conversation insights to the next level by scouting your favourite podcast guests.

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Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

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Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

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Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHD student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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