What is StartX?

StartX is a collection of 1200+ serial entrepreneurs, industry experts, tenured Stanford professors, and 700+ well-funded growth-stage startups, including Lime, Branch, Life360 (IPO), Poynt, Patreon, Kodiak Sciences (IPO) and more. We believe that as entrepreneurs we can achieve more as a group than we can as individuals. As a community, our goal is to find creative ways to collaborate so that each of our companies can have a long-term positive impact on the world. From this, we designed the StartX Community: a community for founders who don't need to give up equity.

Why StartX?

Talent Network

  • Access top Stanford talent: StartX is competitive at every career fair on Stanford Campus because StartX has a booth that says “apply to 700+ Stanford startups with a single resume” whereas every other booth “e.g. Apply to Qualcomm” is one job application at a time. Once resumes are collected, they are available to all StartX companies through its online jobs portal and your concierge will highlight matches for you.
  • Change the way you recruit senior hires: Over StartX's 10-year history, 93% of StartX's venture-backed companies (i.e. $3M+ in funding), are still growing or acquired. If you are (or become) a venture-backed company, learn how you can pitch working for your startup as having "all the benefits of a startup, without the risk." Compete directly with the Apple's, Google's, and Genentech's of the world, for senior talent, by offering the excitement of a startup with all the job stability of a large company.
  • Pre-vetted high-quality entrepreneurial-minded talent pool: StartX founders have also directly hired StartX founders transitioning post-exit, or acquired other StartX companies. We dynamically track the list of StartX-vetted entrepreneurs who have since exited their previous company and are looking for their next thing.

Supported by Stanford

  • The StartX experience as we know it was developed through $7M+ in grant funding from Stanford University & Stanford Health Care to support the Stanford entrepreneurship ecosystem. To date, Stanford University and Stanford Health Care have deployed a combined $200M to ensure the StartX community and StartX organization will be self-sufficient in perpetuity. StartX itself is an independent non-profit from Stanford University, to ensure that there is a clear separation of IP between any research at Stanford and the work your team is doing to bring impact to real patients and industry.

Customer Network

  • Easily Access 700+ Customers: StartX has 700+ companies and 1,300+ founders. Many of its early stage companies have gotten their first 40-50 paying customers from the network. And many later stage companies have leveraged the network to rapidly accelerate expansion.

Category-Specific Founder and Executive Communities

  • Founder-Driven Communities: Founders have access to email lists that reach specific communities. There are lists for biotech, edtech, hardware, female founders, international, and more.
  • Executive Communities: For later-stage companies, StartX also offers executive communities around marketing, sales, hiring, scaling engineering and more. This support ecosystem has proven invaluable for founders who are scaling their companies and want to better equip their executives and other managers with a peer group from which to learn and share ideas.

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