Founder Friendly Labs (FFL) is the equity-free startup accelerator for experienced tech industry professionals.


100+ Startups


Over 100 companies have been through FFL Startup Accelerator. Graduates include Digital Staircase (acquired by Facebook), Amiato (acquired by Amazon), Pixelapse (acquired by Dropbox), Aviate (acquired by Yahoo), Wello (acquired by Weight Watchers), CartaOsmo, Rentlytics, and Qventus.

200+ Experienced Alumni

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Our founders are experienced tech industry professionals and include veterans from Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft, a Co-Founder of Excite, and a Partner from Sequoia Capital. They are experts in AI, Machine Learning, Marketing, Productivity, Marketplaces, Deep Learning, IoT, NLP, VR, Financial Planning, Insurance, and more.

$200k+ Credits

As part of our equity-free startup accelerator, startups receive over $200k in credits from partners including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), First Republic Bank, and HubSpot. We understand founders are busy, so we offer a simplified, low-commitment experience.

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!)
Being part of FFL opened a private space for me to talk with other experienced CEOs about strategies to handle unfamiliar situations.
— Camilla Olson, Co-Founder at Savitude
Getting into FFL helped us focus our company and accelerate its growth.
— Mehul Shah, Co-Founder at Amiato (acquired by Amazon)
FFL has given our startup some of the most useful, pertinent, and direct advice we’ve received in the last couple years of starting our company. Mendel and Samantha have been extraordinarily helpful, and we can already see the effect in our startup.
— Kevin Stein, Co-Founder at Delos
FFL’s unique mix of a structured environment, peer mentorship, and exposure/access to relevant services for early-stage startups, without forcing a one-size-fits-all model has provided the right impetus for our startup.
— Mythili Devineni, Founder at Meimodo
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)
I owe FFL a lot. I’m not sure Carta would exist without you guys.
— Henry Ward, Co-Founder at Carta
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
FFL is a great community that provides a confidential and protected community during the crazy process of starting a company from scratch. Samantha and Mendel are very helpful, smart, and thoughtful mentors. Just being around other entrepreneurs and being able to get feedback, bounce off ideas, is a great thing to have.
— Sidharth Saxena, Co-Founder at Docyt
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 was an amazing way to kickstart Quettra.
— Ankit Jain, Co-Founder at Quettra (acquired by SimilarWeb)

Our startups have been acquired by great companies