We are in it from launch to exit.

We join exceptional founders with ambitious projects to help them build, validate, and scale their businesses.

We’re the co-founder you’ve been looking for.

Let's face it, startups are really difficult; most never even get off the ground. We are your experienced, technical co-founder who provides the expertise and connections to maximize your company's chances of success.

Launch

End-to-end production services to design, build, and scale your website, app, or other digital products in an efficient and effective way.

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Advisors

A collection of fantastic mentors, from serial entrepreneurs to investors, to provide invaluable guidance and compose a board of advisors.

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Network

Introductions to hand-picked local accelerators and early-stage investors across LA's thriving VC community to get the funding you need.

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Mucker CapitalAmplifyQuake CapitalHawke VenturesPasadena AngelsExpert Dojo

Launching a startup is hard. We can help.

We help founders get their startups off the ground. We offer high quality development, growth-hacking experience, and a broad network of investors and mentors in exchange for some equity and a small investment in your company's future.

Our startups receive extensive one-on-one attention and services, tailored to their individual needs. Typically, we start by branding, designing, and developing the initial prototype or MVP. We then help bring it to market and generate initial traction. At that point, we prepare you to pitch to investors and provide introductions to carefully selected investors and accelerators from our network.

Of course, our involvement doesn't end there. We see ourselves as your co-founders and are driven to make your company a success. We will continue to provide the support you need to scale, raise funds, and much more for the life of the company and beyond.

Make no mistake: you are looking for co-founders.

Founders that spend large amounts of money on agencies to build a "perfect product" are left with a repository of code, a product that customers aren't satisfied with, and no one to help them figure out what's wrong and how to fix it. "Build it and they will come" simply doesn't work. You need long-term incentives.

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Pricing
MVP Development$25K-$75K$90K – $110K
per year
$120K – $200K
per year
$50K – $500K+
Long-term Development$25K-$100K
per year
$90K – $110K
per year
$120K – $200K
per year
N/ANo incentive!
Equity
20% – 30%
20% – 50%
20% – 50%
N/ANo incentive!
Time-to-Market
Low
High
Medium
Low
Risk
Low
High
Medium
High
Development Experience
High
Low
High
High
Long-term Involvement
High
High
High
Low
Mentorship Network
Yes
No
No
No
Go-to-Market Strategy
Yes
No
No
No
Fundraising Experience
Yes
No
No
No
Investor Network
Yes
No
No
No

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application period?

We accept applications on a rolling basis to give everyone a chance to apply when they feel ready.

When will I hear back?

We try hard to respond to most applications quickly. But as you can imagine, reviewing decks and applications from a multitude of companies takes time, so please be patient and give us a chance to look through your material.

Do we have to incorporate before applying?

No, but you'll need to incorporate before moving ahead if you're accepted.

Will you sign an NDA? How do I know you won't steal my idea?

In general, no we won't sign an NDA. No investor would at such an early stage. However, we can assure you that your secrets are safe with us because startups and founders are our focus, not just ideas.

Why was I not accepted?

We do our best to explain our rationale when not accepting a company, but sometimes there just isn't a single clear reason. We only work with a very limited number of companies at a time to make sure each one gets all the attention it requires. Of course, that means that many companies are not accepted, and sometimes tough decisions need to be made on which ones to accept.

Can I apply again?

Of course, we welcome you to apply again if you were not accepted previously. Let us know how things have changed/progressed since the last time.

We've already launched a product or have been working on our startup for a while. Should we apply?

Absolutely. We help companies at varying stages. If you think our expertise or services would add value to your startup, let's see if we can work together.

Will you accept companies with competing ideas?

Yes. There's usually no reason that there can't be multiple products on the market in a particular space. We definitely won't share ideas or secrets between the competing companies, and we will provide both companies with all the attention they need to grow.

Does my product have to be technical? Do I have to have development done?

In general, yes. Our incubator program is set up to help early-stage startups that need a technical co-founder and initial development work to get off the ground. However, if we can add value in other aspects of your company, don't hesitate to apply. We can collaborate and decide if working together makes sense.

What if I already have a technical co-founder?

That's totally fine. We can still help you with additional development resources and by assisting your technical co-founder in the design, development, and launch of your product.

Do we have to move to LA?

Nope. As co-founders, working together and communicating are vital. But it's 2018, and there are many ways we can communicate without needing to be in the same room. You should be located wherever makes the most sense for your company.

We don't need a technical co-founder or any development work, but will you give us advice?

Maybe. In general, we have our hands full helping our founders and their companies. However, we have taken advisory roles in a few interesting startups, so there's no harm in trying.

How much do I have to invest?

There's no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Each company we work with is different. If you are accepted, we will discuss your company's status and future roadmap in order to come to an agreement over investment and equity requirements.

How much equity do you take?

Again, it really depends. We typically recommend around 20% for very early-stage companies. In general, we take equity to offset a portion of the development costs associated with building your website, app, or other product. However, we also function as your co-founder, taking equity to incentivize us to make your company a success and in exchange for our expertise, connections, and other benefits.

Do you invest in your startups?

Yes, but not right away and not in all of them. Because we typically get involved at such an early stage, we do not provide capital immediately. Instead we provide access to top quality development at a fraction of the cost as well as many other benefits. However, once you have launched and go to raise a round, we may participate and invest at that stage.

Who owns the ideas and work developed/produced?

Your company owns everything. We structure any development as work for hire and irrevocably assign copyrights and other claims to your company. Once you're accepted, there will be some really long and boring documents to sign that guarantee all of this in writing.

What happens after my prototype / MVP / initial project is launched?

This is when the fun part begins. We'll work closely with you to monitor usage, collect feedback, do A / B testing, etc.to perfect your product and demonstrate some traction. Meanwhile, we'll prepare you to pitch to investors, hand-pick a selection of investors from our network, and start making introductions with the goal of raising funds.

Why wouldn't I just use an agency for my development needs?

As responsible founders, we hope you explore every avenue available to your company. However, there are two main reasons that early-stage startups choose our incubator over a web/app agency. First is the cost factor: our startups receive access to the same high-end development we provide to outside clients for a tiny fraction of the price we would normally charge. You don't have to settle for an inferior product just because you don't have a huge budget to pay an agency for the platform your company needs. Second is the attention factor: we truly see ourselves as your co-founders and want to work together to make your company succeed. An agency completes the assigned project and that's the end. We're in it for the long-haul and provide access to many resources that an agency simply cannot, such as advice, mentors, a network of investors and accelerators, etc.