United States of America
Become a Startup Scout
San Francisco Bay Area

Join the VC startup scout program in the San Francisco Bay Area. Embrace this opportunity to network with aspiring entrepreneurs and gain cutting-edge knowledge in your chosen industry. Be at the heart of innovation.


The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned as a global hub for startups and venture capital (VC) investments. It is home to numerous successful startups, including global technology giants like Facebook, Google, and Apple. Companies in the region raised over $45 billion in VC funding in 2020, accounting for about 40% of the total venture capital invested in the United States, according to data from PitchBook.

Notable individuals in the Bay Area startup and VC ecosystem include Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla; and Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and a partner at Greylock Partners. Many investors are based in the region, such as Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins, and Andreessen Horowitz. These firms are known for their early-stage investments in successful companies like Airbnb and Uber.

The region also hosts several related initiatives, such as the Y Combinator, an American seed money startup accelerator that has produced many successful companies, including Dropbox and Reddit. Furthermore, there are numerous educational institutions, such as Stanford University and UC Berkeley, which are known for promoting entrepreneurship and innovation.

One of the important particularities of the Bay Area startup and VC ecosystem is the sprawling and interconnected network of entrepreneurs, engineers, venture capitalists, and mentors. This networking aspect contributes to the high number of startups and the volume of venture capital invested in the region. However, the Bay Area also has a high cost of living and competitive business environment, which could be challenging for some entrepreneurs.

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?

Join our dealflow network and get access to amazing investment opportunities from individuals, startups, and innovations coming out of the San Francisco Bay Area!

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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 PHDย student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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