Grow your peer mentor network through intimate, engaging and founder centric events.
Mentoring Programs Overview
As a member of Founders Network, you’ll gain access to peer mentoring programs with fellow founders of tech startups — both Online and offline in a growing list of cities around the world. Two annual tech summits, numerous regional tech events and virtual meetings offer a “quality-over-quantity” approach that allows for in-depth conversations that lead to valuable long-term relationships.
Global Tech Summits
Members travel from around the globe to attend our global tech summits. Unlike crowded tech conferences, our events are members-only and feature founder-centric programming for intimate audiences.
An Exploration of Growth
Located in beautiful Carmel Valley, fnSummit is a 3-day/2-night retreat focused on exploring the drivers and barriers to startup and personal growth through keynotes, panels and real fireside chats. Experiential programming allows for unstructured discussion of all aspects of founderhood through wine and craft spirits tastings, farm-to-table meals, sunrise yoga and our traditional opening sabrage ceremony. Learn more and register at fnSummit.
The Best of Founders Network, In Real Life
Inspired by the abbreviation popularly used Online by our members to suggest meeting “in real life”, fnIRL is a full day global conference that goes deeper on the best Online Mentorship Platform discussions of the past year. Easily accessible in San Francisco, our tech conference features over 100 curated investor meetings with Venture Capital (VC) and angel investors. Learn more and register at fnIRL.
Regional Mentoring Progams
As a member of Founders Network, you can build a truly global mentoring network. Membership entitles you to join quarterly mentoring programs organized in the following cities: San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Toronto, London, Dallas and a growing list of emerging tech hubs.
Don’t see your city on the list? See our Virtual Events and join your city waitlist.
Virtual Mentoring Programs
Our Virtual Mentoring Programs serve FN’s second largest “region” of founders of tech startups located outside of our main tech hubs. Virtual events feature a variety of formats including investor pitch practice and office hours, founder mentoring sessions, and partner office hours help founders connect, learn and give back without losing precious time traveling to in-person events.
Peer Advisory Boards
Peer Advisory Boards offer a mentoring program consisting of a group of 10-12 fellow founders of tech startups. You’ll gain a confidential “off-the-record” forum to share successes and challenges that often can’t be shared with co-founders, employees or even spouses. Peer Boards are available with limited availability to founders on Angel and Series A Plans.
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“The fnSummit was my first event after joining Founders Network. 3 days and 2 nights in Napa Valley wine country. I was blown away by how valuable it was and how incredibly helpful everyone was!”Catherine Dahl, Founder of Beanworks HQ'd in Vancouver, BC
“The private mentoring sessions have been invaluable. The cost-covered legal and technical advice have paid impactful dividends for us, many times over the membership dues.”Shawhin Mosadeghzad