A fast-track for talented entrepreneurs
Go from idea to scale, without traditional risks
We’ve spent years perfecting a platform that shortcuts - and de-risks - building a business from scratch. We bring together bold ideas, exceptional entrepreneurs, capital, expert operational support, and the scale of our corporate partners, to turn bold ideas into venture-backable businesses.
Innovation can improve the world we live in
The businesses we build in our Venture Studio are born out of trends and focus areas identified together with our corporate partners.
Your dedicated team of experts
Our team of 100+ mentors and operators are individuals with deep industry, investment and entrepreneurship experience.
Together we will validate ideas, build the MVP, and test, iterate, and acquire your first customers.
Come and build a business with us in our startup studio
Joining our venture studio is a unique opportunity to build a business from scratch, with almost zero risk.
Born in our Venture Studio
The global household green-cleaning market is expected to grow to £21B in the next few years. Our vision was to curate the best possible products and apply an innovative closed-loop model to Bower Collective’s packaging in order to reduce plastic waste. Combining Reckitt Benckiser's know-how of FMCG and logistics, with Nick and Marcus’ knowledge of sustainability and packaging, we knew we had a winning combination that would help us achieve a leadership position in the market.
Nick and Markus built their business in our Venture Studio, in collaboration with our partner Reckitt Benckiser
You may be wondering…
Typically, a venture studio turns ideas that are sourced and vetted within the organisation, into venture-backable businesses - hiring a CEO and founding team when the time is right. At Founders Factory, we believe some of the best ideas come from entrepreneurs and real-life experiences, so we welcome entrepreneurs to apply to join our studio to build a business with us, right from the beginning.
That means that together we will validate your idea, build out the MVP, test, iterate and acquire your first customers. And when you're ready, we'll help you accelerate your launch and hire your founding team.
We're looking for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to use technology to make a big impact. If you have an idea but haven't yet built the product or MVP, now's the right time.
If you don't have an existing idea, take a look at our careers page to run a concept we're already working on. If you already have a product in market and early traction, take a look at our startup accelerator.
We invest 250k in capital combined with 12 months of bespoke support for 25% equity*. You'll receive £100k initially to validate your idea and build out the product, and a further £150k once we've proven the concept and you're ready to launch.
You’ll be able to draw a salary from this investment and won’t need to worry about fundraising early on.
Each new venture will have a board comprising of senior members of the Founders Factory operations team (and potentially external observers). The board has a dual responsibility to represent the Founders Factory investment and provide support & advice to the founding team.
You'll also receive hands-on support from a team of smart and passionate people across product, design, bizdev, tech, growth, PR, brand, fundraising and talent. We don't charge for our support, but if you need a developer or a designer full time then we have them available to you for extremely friendly rates.
We build startups across Beauty, FinTech, Health, Home, Media, Retail, Travel & Ai & Big Data.
Until the business is incorporated, we'll give you an employment contract with Founders Factory.
On average our founders pay themselves no more than £50k. Your own salary is part of the budget and subsequent funding.
They don't. If a partnership forms with one of our corporate partners, it will be governed by the usual pilot or contract agreements between you and them all of which we can help with.
Founders Factory will provide office space, co-located with other companies participating in the program. This includes perks such as catered lunch and a beer fridge. For the full duration of the Studio Program, we can offer up to 4 desks if needed full time and otherwise hot desks are available for your team. Further seats are available at cost or at the discretion of Founders Factory.
We've already built over 45 companies from scratch
Bower Collective is an e-commerce platform for home and personal care products that makes it easy for people to eliminate plastic waste and live a more sustainable life.
A digital assistant that transacts online without human intervention, bringing the power of cognitive automation to people’s daily lives.
We are combining the best of audio storytelling with the richness of the web, creating a next-generation platform for rich audio content.
Poplar makes creating Augmented Reality content simple. They activate a community of over 600 AR creators to produce awesome experiences on behalf of brands. Their clients include Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, King, Wargaming, Warner Bros, Fox, L’Oréal, Disney and RB, among others.
Put yourself forward
If you're just starting something or even if it’s just a passing thought, we want to hear about it.