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. 

Meet our STARTers

Since launching the START beta program in fall 2021, our team has received over 1,000 applications and welcomed 11 START entrepreneurs into the a16z portfolio. Meet some of the first START entrepreneurs:

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.

Julián Núñez

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.

Gokul Dhingra

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. 

David Zhang

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.  


For additional other questions, please apply through the form and we’ll be in touch.