Become a Startup Scout

Explore fresh horizons as a VC Startup Scout. Capitalize on unique benefits like gaining insider industry knowledge and expanding your professional network. Perfect opportunity awaits beyond StartX domains.


StartX is a non-profit business accelerator that was established in 2010 to develop the entrepreneurial potential of Stanford University’s students, alumni, faculty, and staff. It provides them with resources, mentorship, and a collaborative community to help them expand their businesses.

The StartX community comprises of over 2,400 entrepreneurs and over 600 startup companies. They boast a multitude of success stories, such as billion-dollar companies like SoFi, a fintech offering innovative financial products, and Lime, the scooter-sharing service.

The startups incubated within StartX emerge from a wide array of industries. For instance, Immunity Bio, a clinical-stage immunotherapy company, recently reported promising results from a COVID-19 vaccine trial.

StartX’s resources are relatively vast. In fact, in 2019, StartX, along with Stanford University and Stanford Health Care, launched a $500 million fund called the StartX Fund. The fund provides capital to StartX startups without taking any equity.

StartX is also known for its unique culture, emphasizing community and collaboration. They treat entrepreneurship as a life-long journey, not a one-time venture, and thus aim to support their entrepreneurs at all stages of their development.

Notably, StartX provides resources not just to startups, but also to investors through the StartX VCx initiative. This is a program that provides dedicated resources and access to StartX companies for venture capital firms.

Because of its non-profit model, StartX is able to put its entrepreneurs at the forefront, focusing on their needs and growth rather than monetary gain. This unique nature of StartX strengthens its reputation as a reliable and resourceful hub for budding entrepreneurs.

StartX has helped define the startup ecosystem for a decade, and with its continued dedication to fostering growth and innovation, has set a significant benchmark for entrepreneurial accelerators worldwide.

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 network of investors and get exclusive dealflow opportunities from some of the most promising startups, innovations, and individuals coming out of StartX Accelerator. Sign up now and be part of the movement.

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Scout Programs in Other Global Startup Hubs


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

Scout founders you interview →

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?

Scout startups you sit next to→

Event Organiser

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

Scout startups at your event →


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.

Scout startups at your university →

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