1. Focused partnerships across 6 sectors
Founders Factory is backed by 6 world class companies - L'Oréal (Beauty), Aviva (Fintech), easyJet (Travel), CSC (AI & Big Data), Guardian Media Group (Media), Holtzbrinck (Edtech). Working closely with one or several of our corporate investors allows you to pilot, test and scale your business rapidly.
2. Operational support
We don’t believe in light-touch mentorship; we prefer to get our hands dirty. Our hands-on approach means you have a full-time operations team of 50 digital experts across Product, Engineering, Design, Data Science, Growth, Branding & Marketing, Business Development, and Fundraising to help you reach your goals. Check out our team page to discover the calibre of talent you can expect to work with. .
3. A 6 months program designed for you
We believe in quality over quantity. Our ratio of operations team to accelerator companies means that we only have 2-3 companies per sector and are able to offer a bespoke program tailored to the ambitions of each individual startup. We ask, listen, stress-test, advise and push you during your time here.
4. Smart Fundraising
We have a world class fundraising team who help identify how much to raise, who from and how to best achieve your fundraising goals. We do this using experience and expertise from those who have raised tens of millions in investment capital, but also connect you to a group of friendly investors drawn from our well-connected network.
5. Network access
We will open up our broader Founders network to identify the experts who can help and advise you in the specific areas that add the most value to your business. Besides targeting high quality people on a case by case basis, we also have specific sector mentors: Thomas Stone (AI), John Taysom (Media), Edward Wray (Fintech) and Jason Horne (Edtech)..
6. A fair deal
Our investors have invested directly in us in order for us to employ a full-time operating team. In order to give you the help they really need, there are fewer of you. Given there are fewer of you, we are picky as to who gets to be part of our programme. But it also means that the service we offer the companies that make it into the accelerator is much greater.
We offer £30,000 cash, but if you want to join the accelerator just for the cash, then you are probably not right for us. Our services have been valued at £220,000, although we confidently predict that the majority, if not all, of our alumni founders think it is much worth more than that. But we are happy with use £250,000 as an heuristic. For that £250,000 we require 7% on a fully diluted basis.