Have an Idea for a New Company? START here.
The a16z START program fuels founders at the earliest stages of company-building.
Powered by the a16z seed fund in collaboration with partners investing across American Dynamism, Consumer, Enterprise, Fintech, and Games, a16z meets START entrepreneurs where they are in their journey—whether it’s honing their product vision and defining a target audience, building and launching their MVP, or scaling an already launched product. a16z START entrepreneurs are introduced to a network of peers, repeat founders, domain experts, potential customers and more to help refine their thesis and scale it into a world-changing business.
If founding a technology company is a dream of yours—even if you don’t yet have a fully formed idea and haven’t yet quit your day job—we want to hear from you.
Due to an overwhelming amount of interest, we are not currently accepting online applications. Please check back in the future for updates or get a warm intro to our team.
Meet some of the first STARTers
Juan Pablo Ortega
Cofounder of Rappi, where he built and scaled the company’s payments and fraud capabilities while architecting the buildout of Rappi’s financial services arm.
Former Global Head of Ecommerce, Rappi, where he was responsible for creating Rappi’s one-click checkout, Paga con Rappi, and leading Rappi’s e-commerce business unit.
Angela Maria Acosta
Former Business Unit Head at Rappi, where she led the groceries team and its dark store expansion. Before that, she led business development for Rappi Pay in the region, launching the product and building the brand in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia.
Former VP Product at Ethos, where he built and led the growth, product, design, and analytics teams. Prior to Ethos, Gokul worked on the monetization and growth product teams at Instagram and Snapchat.
Former Chief Strategy Officer at Ethos, where he built and led the finance, strategy & business operations, legal, and people teams. Prior to joining Ethos, David was an investor at a hedge fund and the Yale Endowment.
Do I need to have my founding team finalized before applying?
No. In fact, introductions to potential cofounders is something we can help our START entrepreneurs with as needed.
Am I eligible if I already have an MVP or product in-market?
Yes. Several of our START teams had a product in-market when we started working together.
Am I eligible if I’ve already raised funding?
Can I raise funding alongside the a16z START investment?
Yes, and we can help introduce you to our network of relevant advisors, angels, customers, and funds that can both invest and help you jumpstart your business.
Do I need to be in the San Francisco area to participate?
No. The program is remote-first and we welcome founders from across the globe to apply.
How many founders are accepted into the program?
We don’t have a number to share. We’re looking to back the boldest entrepreneurs building the future through technology. Since piloting the program in fall 2021, we’ve been excited by the interest and traction to date.
Have an idea? Get a warm introduction to our team through a founder, partner, or contact in our network.