We launch startups with top-tier founders

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

Advisors

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

Network

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

pre-seed

Behavioral Health Solution for SMB

Me Tyme empowers users to self-manage life challenges at any given moment. By being able to access short videos or interactive lessons within seconds, users can stop emotional stressors as they happen in real time.

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pre-seed

Mobile app to book boat experiences on the fly

Boat With Me allows users to find, book a boat and “ride share” whenever they want. Users are matched with a nearby boat captains and charged for the duration of their ride after the captain drops them off and marks the ride as completed.

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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.

Venture StudioJunior Tech Co-FounderSenior Tech Co-FounderDevelopment Agency
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 yearN/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 our best to respond to all applications quickly. But as you can imagine, reviewing decks and applications from a multitude of companies takes time. Please be patient while we look through your materials.

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. That said, our Engagement Letter includes specific sections to fully protect your IP and confidentiality.

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. Given our model, we only work with an extremely 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 work with both Pre-Seed and Post-Seed companies up to Series A funding. If you have already raised capital and are looking for help to scale, please check out our Post-Seed section or reach out directly.

Do you work with Pre-Seed companies only? What if I already raised funds?

As a Startup Innovation Lab (aka Venture Studio), we work with early-stage companies from Pre-Seed to Series A. For Pre-Seed companies, we invest and act as co-founders; for Post-Seed companies we act as early employees.

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?

In general, yes. But that is not a requirement. Apply and we can discuss whether 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 with design, growth and scaling the team.

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?

It really depends. Anywhere from <1% to 35% depending on the team, company and stage.

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 and growth 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.

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.

There are two main benefits of Startup Innovation Labs over web/app agencies. First is the cost factor: our startups receive access to high-end talent at a tiny fraction of the price an agency would charge. 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.

Have a Business Idea?

We are constantly looking for exceptional founders to work with.

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