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A Comprehensive List of Startup Communities for Founders

A Comprehensive List of Startup Communities for Founders

You need to build your network in order to create a successful startup. The best founders build relationships with other founders, investors, potential acquirers and partners, and talent before they start their company and while they run it.

You should follow their example and start growing your network today. One of the best ways to grow your network is to join online communities with other entrepreneurs. Dozens of these communities exist—some as Slack groups or Circle forums and others as mastermind calls—so you have lots of options.

In the rest of this post, we'll share with you a comprehensive list of startup communities that you can use to grow your network.

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The Hustle, which was recently acquired by HubSpot, offers a premium information product and online community called Trends. Customers receive access to bi-weekly emails with information on upcoming business trends, other helpful content and webinars, and a Facebook community where they can network with other entrepreneurs.

Cost: $299/year

Application: None

Join Trends

Chief

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Taken from their website, "Chief is a private network focused on connecting and supporting women leaders." Applicants must be C-level or rising VP women leaders, and currently offers membership in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington D.C.

Cost: Unclear

Application: Yes

Join Chief

On Deck

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On Deck offers programs and communities for people interested in many different disciplines, including entrepreneurship. Their two main programs for startup founders are On Deck Founders and On Deck Scale. On Deck Founders helps you when starting your company while On Deck Scale helps you grow your company and your leadership ability. The On Deck community boasts an impressive list of founders, investors, and operators.

Cost: Unclear

Application: Yes

Join On Deck

Lunchclub

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Less a community and more a networking service, Lunchclub is simple. You sign up, share your background and goals, and every week it asks you if you'd like to meet with a new connection. Then, you answer "Yes" or "No" and Lunchclub's AI engine arranges for a 45-minute one-on-one conversation with a match. This service is perfect if you want to sustainably grow your network over time.

Cost: Unclear

Application: None

Join Lunchclub

Trends.vc

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In addition to providing a community for entrepreneurs who sign up for Trends Pro, Trends.vc sends weekly reports on opportunities and up-and-coming industries. The reports are concise and packed with useful information.

Cost: $299/year

Application: No

Join Trends.vc

Basis Set Ventures Hypergrowth Network

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This free program provides you with connections and tools to help you with strategy, customer development, and early hiring. They have sales, support, operations, and marketing mentors from companies like Dropbox, Instacart, Airtable, and more. The program is run by Basis Set Ventures.

Cost: None

Application: Yes

Join Basis Set Ventures Hypergrowth Network

WIP

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WIP (which stands for "Work in Progress") is a community of bootstrapped founders and makers who help each other ship products and build viable businesses. It has more than 1,900 users and seems like a supportive, productive community.

Cost: $150/year or $20/month

Application: None

Join WIP

Startup Chat

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Startup Chat is a Slack channel with over 6,800 founders from around the world. They have discussions, Q&A's, AMA's, and create space for entrepreneurs to give and receive feedback.

Cost: None

Application: None

Join Startup Chat

Nomad List Chat

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Nomad List is an online community of remote workers and entrepreneurs who live around the world. In addition to providing helpful data on hundreds of different locations, Nomad List also has a Slack group where you can interact with fellow nomads and set up meetups in various cities.

Cost: One-time payment of $79.99 (as of May 3, 2021)

Application: None

Join Nomad List

Startup Grind

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Startup Grind claims to be the largest startup community in the world. They host events and conferences, offer startup and partner memberships, teach student and investor programs, and produce online media and content.

Cost: Free for accepted startups

Application: Yes

Join Startup Grind

StartupNation

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StartupNation seems to produce content aimed at helping entrepreneurs and run a community focused on fostering connections. It's unclear how active the community is. So, you may want to do some due diligence on it before joining it.

Cost: Unclear

Application: Unclear

Join StartupNation

Startup Communities

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Startup Communities bills itself as "[t]he community for entrepreneurial ecosystem builders to connect, learn, and grow." If you want to grow a startup ecosystem in your city and learn from others who've already done it, this community will likely help you.

Cost: Unclear

Application: Yes

Join Startup Communities

Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs

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While not an online community, this in-person Meetup in Silicon Valley seems like a great place to connect with other founders and prospective investors, if you live in SV. Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs also produces media and content aimed at startup founders.

Cost: None

Application: No

Join Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Boasting more than 14,000 members across 198 local chapters, Entrepreneurs' Organization is for founders across industries who want to learn from each other and connect. It's not clear if Entrepreneurs' Organization also has an online community.

Cost: Global dues of $2,470 (unclear if these dues are annual) and a one-time $2,500 initiation fee when you join

Application: Yes

Join Entrepreneurs' Organization

Startup Embassy

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Startup Embassy is an "entrepreneurial residence" in Silicon Valley that provides a soft landing for founders from outside of the U.S. when they arrive here. They only accept founders who are actively working on a startup.

Cost: Unclear

Application: Yes

Join Startup Embassy

TiE Global

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TiE is a global community of entrepreneurs. It focuses on mentorship, education, networking, incubation, and investing. They also host conferences and in-person events for founders.

Cost: $50-$1,500 depending on membership level

Application: No

Join TiE Global

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