FFL is the startup accelerator for experienced tech industry leaders. Created by founders, FFL Startup Accelerator helps talented entrepreneurs overcome the challenges inherent in starting a company.


70+ companies

Over 70 companies have been through FFL and our founders have been Product Managers and Software Engineers from Google, Apple, Facebook, and LinkedIn, a Co-Founder of Excite, a Partner from Sequoia Capital, and Co-Founders of PBworks. We invite you to reach out to our members to find out about the experience.

5 Years

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Since 2011, FFL has hosted startups working in big data, mobile, IoT, consumer, and enterprise. Graduates include Aviate (acquired by Yahoo), Digital Staircase (acquired by Facebook), Amiato (acquired by Amazon),  Pixelapse (acquired by Dropbox), Wello (acquired by Weight Watchers), Pushpins (acquired by Ebates), Earnest, eShares, Osmo, Rentlytics, and LearnUp.


$500M+ raised

FFL alumni have raised over $500M from leading investors like Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, Accel Partners, First Round Capital, Highland Capital Partners, Google Ventures, SV Angel, Data Collective VC, CrunchFund, Charles River Ventures, General Catalyst, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Upfront Ventures.

Our founders have tech industry experience

Members graduated from elite universities

What our founders have to say

We could not imagine a better place to start our company. We’ve gotten great product, design, and PR advice and learned from other first class start-ups.
— Paul Montoy-Wilson, Co-Founder at Aviate (acquired by Yahoo!)
Before joining FFL, we didn’t really know which direction to follow. With great people and teams in FFL, we got awesome advice so we could make methinks a product that really helps businesses. I truly value my experience in FFL and highly recommend it for all startups.
— Philip Yun, Co-Founder at methinks
FFL is a great community of entrepreneurs and business leaders. We thoroughly enjoyed our time as a part of their program.
— Tyler York, Co-Founder at Achievable
FFL helps young teams focus on the important aspects of entrepreneurship and provides a useful peer group that can offer advice and feedback. The program has been a critical “booster” for us.
— Jason Copeland, Co-Founder at Deep Vision
Being a part of FFL has enabled Team Wello to come together and make significant progress. The FFL teams have been so supportive and the experience has been very beneficial in our development. THANK YOU!
— Ann Scott-Plante, Co-Founder at Wello (Acquired by Weight Watchers)
After we left our previous employer, we had no common place to meet and work. Getting into FFL helped us focus our company and accelerate its growth.
— Mehul Shah, Co-Founder at Amiato (acquired by Amazon)
I owe FFL a lot. I’m not sure eShares would exist without you guys. It was great office that helped me recruit my early employees and the FFL network of founders that helped me raise money.
— Henry Ward, Co-Founder at eShares
FFL was an amazing way to kickstart Quettra. Before we raised funding, FFL gave us the perfect work environment to build our product and even have our first customer meetings (and sales!).
— Ankit Jain, Co-Founder at Quettra (acquired by SimilarWeb)
FFL is a community for entrepreneurs, which has proven valuable to Nickel. We’re grateful for the camaraderie and generous support of our FFL cohort.
— Mark Wong-VanHaren, Co-Founder at Nickel Labs

Our 70+ companies have raised $500M+ from leading investors

Our startups have been acquired by great companies

Special thanks to our generous sponsors


Our Office

395 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94306