Go from idea to conviction.

A residency for the most ambitious founders in the -1 to 0 stage.
Build alongside a network of prospective customers.
Flexible capital, designed to fuel your company.
Apply by January 15.

Who you are

A full-time founder, part-time tinkerer, or student
Ambitious with a bias towards iterating with users.
Focused on getting to traction with your company.
Self-motivated and looking to explore alongside other incredible bright founders.

The Afore Residency

Bespoke 1:1 support focused on accelerating you to PMF.
Afore Hive: access to our network of 10,000+ prospective customers and design partners.
A selective, curated group of 5 to 8 FIRs will join the residency.
Flexible funding - we will invest $100K or more.

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MEET OUR FIRs

“FIR helped me go from 0 to 1 in weeks instead of months. Steeve is a phenomenal early stage mentor, and building alongside the other founders was great for accountability!”

Sohan Choudhury

Co-founder, FlintK12

"FiR helped us to get clarity. Steeve, Anamitra, Derrick and the rest of the team are experienced mentors and past operators who know  the art of going from 0 to 1. Loved working with a small close knit community of founders"

Rutvik Rau, Thomas Bueler & Joe Thomas

Co-founders, Vec-Flow

"FIR program is the ideal solution to take you from -1 to 0. Steeve, Anamitra and the Afore team offer invaluable feedback during our weekly demos. The FIR program really sped up our MVP idea by working right by the Afore office daily."

Kathryn Wu & Richard He

Co-founders, Openmart

“FIR was a great way to get started and meet other extremely smart founders to learn from. The team gave fantastic intros to customers and advisors that helped us get off the ground. Afore was the first to believe in us and we’ll never forget that.”

Vikram Jayanthi & Shankar Krishnan

Co-founders, PromptArmor

“It’s the best place for an idea stage founder to generate momentum, have accountability, and learn from other founders.”

Akash Samant

Co-founder, Milk AI.

“Loved the weekly IRL sessions and accelerated learnings with a tight-knit group of founders. FIR helped me build momentum in prototyping,
speaking to users, and getting rapid feedback
from the Afore network!”

Claudia Zhao

Founder-in-Residence Spring 2023

"The FIR program is an amazing start to any founder's journey. Steeve and the Afore team were great at helping me build conviction, iterate faster, and meet the right people. They know how to help early founders accelerate!"

Harish Kamath

Co-founder, Wordband

"Incredible program working with a talented and experienced team- Afore FIR helped me reach conviction, I got to learn from some incredible fellow founders, and Afore has valuable niche insight into consumer/growth and a never-ending network. Can't recommend it enough."

Nikita Agarwal

Founder-in-Residence Fall 2023

“It’s the best place for an idea stage founder to generate momentum, have accountability, and learn from other founders.”

Jon Khaykin

Co-founder, Benbase

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SOHAN CHOUDHURY

Co-founder of Flint K-12, FIR Cohort #1

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SOHAN CHOUDHURY

Co-founder of Flint K-12, FIR Cohort #1

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SOHAN CHOUDHURY

Co-founder of Flint K-12, FIR Cohort #1

What To Expect

Curriculum

Structured programming around discovering what to build & validating it with market feedback.

Weekly lunch & learns: time for fireside chats with founders who’ve navigated the -1 to 0 stage.

You’ll also ship, iterate & share your progress over these intimate lunch sessions for feedback from other builders, operators and founders.

Community

The best learning happens with others.

Afore Advisors: a 1:1 mentor that is partnered with you to help you get to traction faster.

FIR Community: Build alongside 5-10 other early-stage builders focused and shipping weekly.

Afore Founders: Learn from over 50+ founders within the portfolio who’ve navigated your stage.

Capital

The best learning happens with others.

Afore Advisors: a 1:1 mentor that is partnered with you to help you get to traction faster.

FIR Community: Build alongside 5-10 other early-stage builders focused and shipping weekly.

Afore Founders: Learn from over 50+ founders within the portfolio who’ve navigated your stage.

Curriculum

Get you to your first 5 customers.

Afore Hive: Access to 10,000+ potential users and design partners, via our product for founders

Bespoke programming: Fireside chats, 1:1 whiteboarding sessions, pitch practice and more — custom built to fit your company's needs and working style.

Community

Learn from other exceptional founders.

Afore Advisors: A relevant, bespoke 1:1 mentor who are partnered with you to help get to traction faster.

FIR Community: Sit & ship side-by-side with 5 to 8 exceptional builders.

Afore Founders: Learn from 100+ founders who've gone -1 to 0 with Afore.

Capital

We'll be your first believers.

Flexible Funding: We'll invest at least $100K to leading your pre-seed round, whatever is best for the stage of your company.

Angels & Advisors: We'll find relevant angels who will Increase your chance of succeeding via our Common-App Network.

Pre-seed is where we thrive

100+

After founders

$2b

raised across our founders

34x

follows every $1 Afore invests

65%

of follow-on $ from intros Afore made

PRE-SEED IS WHERE WE THRIVE.

110+

Afore companies

$2B

raised across our founders

$300M+

in AUM for pre-seed

$11B

market cap those founders

We're in the business of heavy metal company building

“Thanks to Afore, we were able to
land our first big partnership with
Moderna which helped us in our
earliest days.”
$215M+ in total funding raised

Liran Belenzoh

CEO, BenchSci

“Afore led our pre-seed round and
we worked with them to refine
our product via introductions to
Gamma and Highnote as customers.”
$2.7M+ from Afore and angels

Sam Seely

CEO, Knock

“We met BenchSci within the Afore
portfolio, who later on became one
of our first customers.”
$25M+ raised in funding

Dmitry Petrov

CEO, Iterative

“We powered Modern Health's virtual
conference, who we met through
Afore. They took a chance on us
early and we delivered for them.”
$40M+ total funding raised

Kishore Kothandaraman

Co-founder, Goldcast

“Thanks to Afore, we were able to
land our first big partnership with
Moderna which helped us in our
earliest days.”
$215M+ in total funding raised

Liran Belenzoh

CEO, BenchSci

“Afore led our pre-seed round and
we worked with them to refine
our product via introductions to
Gamma and Highnote as customers.”
$2.7M+ from Afore and angels

Sam Seely

CEO, Knock

“We met BenchSci within the Afore
portfolio, who later on became one
of our first customers.”
$25M+ raised in funding

Dmitry Petrov

CEO, Iterative

“We powered Modern Health's virtual
conference, who we met through
Afore. They took a chance on us
early and we delivered for them.”
$40M+ total funding raised

Kishore Kothandaraman

Co-founder, Goldcast

$2B raised from the best investors
to fuel Afore's founders

10 weeks.
Go from idea to conviction.

APPLY
Week of aug 14
Kickoff!
Week of Aug 21
MARKET DISCOVERY
Week of Sept 4
What should I build?
Week of Sept 18
How to ask for user feedback?
Week of Sept 25
Positioning your killer feature
Week of Oct 2
How to communicate
Week of Oct 9
How to close a pilot customer
Week of Oct 15
PITCH! 🎉
Wrapping up with FIR Day investors, founders and friends of Afore on Week 10  🎉

Learn directly from founders who've gone -1 to 0

Alyson Watson

CEO & FOUNDERr
Series D, with over $170M raised

Evan Moore

CO-FOUNDER
Publicly listed as NASDAQ:DASH

Dan Porter

CEO
Series D, with over $250M raised

Sara Mauskopf

CEO & CO-FOUNDER
Series A with over $15M raised

Mike Vichich

CEO & CO-FOUNDER
Acquired by NYSE: OLO for $187M

Arpit Goel

Gamma Networks acq. by Palo Alto Networks
Acquired by Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ:PANW)

Ivan Zhao

Mayhem acq. by Niantic
Acquired by Niantic Labs

Paul Klein

Streamclub acq. by Mux
Acquired by Mux

Alyson Watson

CEO & Founder
Series D with over $170M raised

Evan Moore

Co-founder
Publicly listed as NASDAQ: DASH

Dan Porter

CEO
Series D with over $250M raised

Sara Mauskopf

CEO & Co-founder
Series A with over $15M raised

Mike Vichich

CEO & Co-founder
Acquired by NYSE: OLO for $187M

Arpit Goel

Founder and CEO
Acquired by Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ:PANW)

Ivan Zhao

Mayhem acq.
Founder
Acquired by Niantic Labs

Paul Klein

Founder
Acquired by Mux

Alyson Watson

CEO & Founder
Series D with over $170M raised

Evan Moore

Co-founder
Publicly listed as NASDAQ: DASH

Dan Porter

CEO
Series D with over $250M raised

Sara Mauskopf

CEO & Co-founder
Series A with over $15M raised

Mike Vichich

CEO & Co-founder
Acquired by NYSE: OLO for $187M

Arpit Goel

Founder and CEO
Acquired by Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ:PANW)

Ivan Zhao

Mayhem acq.
Founder
Acquired by Niantic Labs

Paul Klein

Founder
Acquired by Mux

Alyson Watson

CEO & Founder
Series D with over $170M raised

Evan Moore

Co-founder
Publicly listed as NASDAQ: DASH

Dan Porter

CEO
Series D with over $250M raised

Sara Mauskopf

CEO & Co-founder
Series A with over $15M raised

Mike Vichich

CEO & Co-founder
Acquired by NYSE: OLO for $187M

Arpit Goel

Founder and CEO
Acquired by Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ:PANW)

Ivan Zhao

Mayhem acq.
Founder
Acquired by Niantic Labs

Paul Klein

Founder
Acquired by Mux

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FAQ

How many Founders-in-Residence do you invite?

We’re looking for 5 to 8 FiRs join us in early 2024.

Who should apply to join Afore as a FIR?

We back talented FIRs who are self-motivated and ship and iterate with customers daily. This could be a student hacking on projects, or someone tinkering with ideas after work wanting to take the leap on an idea.

No one is too early, and none of them have full clarity of what they’re building on day 1 — but all of them leave, going from idea to conviction.

Do you back solo founders or teams?

Both! We’ll also help you find a co-founder — just let us know in the application above.

How much do you invest?

At least $100K — we’re flexible and want to give you ample capital to get to the next stage.

When does the next residency kick off?

We kick off and wrap up during the first weeks of February through April 2024.

What can you expect week to week?

We meet over lunch once per week, where we share demos, ask for help and get feedback. Oftentimes, founders who’ve gone through the -1 to 0 stage join us for these demos.

Is the Afore residency in-person?

Yes — we’ll be sitting side by side with our FIRs ready to help in South Park, San Francisco. We recognize all teams can’t make it there so we encourage you to apply nonetheless.

Am I too early?

No! We’ve worked with 100+ founders over the last 7 years, many of whom have nothing more than the will to start a company with a Google doc of ideas, or scrappy demos they’re tinkering with.


We enjoy the heavy metal company building phase and want to partner with you from the earliest days.

I want to help with FIR. How can I get in touch?

We’d love to hear from you! Email steeve@afore.vc