Become a Startup Scout
Lair East Labs

Join the dynamic world of VC startup scouting and harness unparalleled networking opportunities while expanding your understanding of different industries. This exciting venture is waiting for you, separate, yet complimentary to your role at Lair East Labs.


Lair East Labs is a startup accelerator that focuses on building bridge between talented entrepreneurs in the United States and Asia, with a strong focus on China. This New York-based accelerator leverages a global network to empower startups with the resources they need to succeed.

The accelerator operates an intensive ten-week program which provides funding, office space and an array of in-kind resources to help startups scale. The guiding principle behind the program is the ‘1+1>2’ philosophy, where the accelerator aims to create more value than the sum of its parts through strategic cooperation.

The programming at Lair East Labs includes mentorship, technical training, business development assistance, networking opportunities, pitch sessions and demo day presentations aimed at fostering holistic startup development. They are particularly interested in startups working in the areas of artificial intelligence, digital health, fin-tech and next-generation commerce among others.

One of the successful startups that graduated from Lair East Labs is Kidfund, a socially-powered savings app for kids. The company benefitted immensely from the mentorship and collaborations made possible by the accelerator. In 2018, Kidfund was even featured in Apple's App Store as ‘New Apps We Love’.

As part of their focus on building bridges between the US and Asia, Lair East Labs has also launched several initiatives. One such initiative is the 'US-China Startup Investment Forum', where they bring together startups, investors and corporate innovators to forge connections and share insights into the US-China tech scene.

Yet another notable initiative by Lair East Labs is the 'Lair East Residency', a co-working space in New York that specifically caters to the needs of their startups, fostering a community of innovators.

A significant feature of Lair East is that it is backed by several successful entrepreneurs and investors who provide their expertise, contacts, and financial support to the startups in the accelerator program. They include acclaimed investors like ZhenFund and DFJ Dragon Fund.

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?

Lair East is the perfect place for startup investors to get access to top dealflow opportunities. Our network is full of individuals and startups innovating at the university level, providing ample opportunity for investors.

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Event Organiser

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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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