When I moved to Vancouver 5 years ago, I started to check out the various options that help with growth and mentorship in the startup community, including accelerators, and incubators, but couldn’t find one that resonated with me. No one running these various groups had done anything successful themselves in the last +5 years, and none of the businesses coming out of them had any notable success to report. The organizations doing the advising themselves were pivoting every year or two, trying to find a business model that worked for them.

As a result, I started Founders Coffee. It’s a curated group of serial startup founders, who meet every week. At a basic level, we’re a mastermind like event — where it’s a safe space to state where your business is stuck at any moment, as we’re always stuck somewhere, and the rest of the group offers solutions, ideas, or introductions to help you get over any speed bump currently in your way. Our intention however, is to propel each other.

The other important intention is respect, including people’s time. None of the original group are morning people, so we intentionally created it at 8am once a week to show commitment to ourselves, and to each other. What I’ve observed, is those who aren’t willing to show commitment to themselves and to their peers, are less likely to succeed as entrepreneurs.

On top of meeting weekly, many of us have started new business partnerships together, and we’ve helped startups at all levels.

We automatically help new entrepreneurs build out their cap(italization) table, draft contracts — anything needed from from starting a company, to mediation during co-founder battles.

If you look at developing a cap table alone, this could easily go over $1500 to have a lawyer draft one, and they’re just using templates, they don’t have the lived experience our group has. We usually start new members with drafting one during their first month, as it helps answer several unanswered questions.

For most of our members, we’re mostly head down focused on our businesses. Most years we collectively raise over a million dollars, and when we don’t, it’s worth a reflection and iteration. We’ve collectively raised millions of dollars, some of our members have had notable exits, and most importantly over the years we’ve built strong relationships with the intention of mutual growth.

All of this to be said, we’ve had people ask to join before, but until now it’s been exclusive and invite only; we have decided to open the door for the first time ever. We’re specifically looking for couple entrepreneurs who aren’t struggling financially, who are willing to put some skin in the game, and are ready to commit to coming every week (short of illness/travel).

If you’re interested, please send me an email to [email protected] with the following:
1) Are you in Vancouver? (If there is demand, I may start an online version of Founders Coffee as well)
2) Are you willing to pay $1500/year to join as an investment and commitment towards your venture?
3) Are you aware that the more value you provide others, the more value others will be willing to provide you?
4) Will you commit to attending Thursday mornings until you’re ill or out of town?

If you are approved, you’ll receive an email back within 2 business days, and you’ll be asked to make a payment to proceed.