FFL is the equity-free startup accelerator for experienced tech industry professionals.

 

70+ companies

Over 70 companies have been through FFL Startup Accelerator. 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.

5+ Years

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Since 2011, our founders have included veterans from Google, Apple, Facebook, and LinkedIn, a Co-Founder of Excite, and a Partner from Sequoia Capital working in AI, Machine Learning, Marketing, Productivity, Marketplaces, Deep Learning, IoT, NLP, VR, Financial Planning, Insurance, On-Demand Services, and more.

 

$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!)
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)
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 eShares would exist without you guys.
— Henry Ward, Co-Founder at eShares
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 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
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

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


Our startups have been acquired by great companies

Special thanks to our generous sponsors