Our community is home to current and future founders making an impact through their work. Find connection, gain accountability, and accelerate your learning as a member of Propel.
"Propel has been instrumental in creating a safe space for me to test my ideas in a large setting. The community pushes and challenges me to make Kleido a more scalable business."
We've normalized asking for help. This is a community where both you and your ideas have space to grow.
Access to the Propel community is $50/month or $539/year. Membership includes:
"Being a first-time founder, this support allowed me to stay focused. From the weekly virtual coffees to the 'Idea Propellers,' Propel has increased my speaking and pitching skills to VCs and colleagues."
We’re a group of 300+
Whether you're pre-idea, building an MVP, or setting off to fundraise, you’ll learn from the experiences of peers across functions and products.
We have a small yet mighty team behind the scenes running Propel. As a member, you’ll interact the most frequently with the community leaders:
Emily is a Propel co-founder. She's a prior athlete and startup manager turned founder and coach. Her favorite part of community building is helping a member feel less alone in their journey. Read more about her founder story in this Visible Hands interview.
Esmé is a three-time founder turned community builder. Also a former athlete, her entrepreneurial background spans professional development, fashion-tech, wellness, and language learning. Get to know her on the Propel Blog.
We're here for you before, during, and after you're ready to build.
Discover your interests and identify problems in our ideation sessions. Connect with startup founders and operators who have an entrepreneur's mindset or have pivoted before — think of them as your own personal advisory board.
Attend a coaching workshop or event with founders that pivoted, like Jane — Co-founder of Frankly and ex-Uber Eats.
"Propel has been such an amazing experience from Day 1. Being surrounded by world class people with shared momentum is nothing short of magical. Normally surrounding yourself with this wealth of knowledge and experience takes years and Propel helped me get a head start in just a few months."
When you're a first-time founder, there's a lot to learn about starting a business. We hold you accountable to applying the knowledge. Our supportive group helps you find your future co-founder, test your solution, and form a company.
Join a discussion on finding technical co-founders with Paul, Tiffany, and Jared — founders and Propel members.
"When I joined Propel, I was in between jobs and had been deciding whether to pursue a new role or a venture of my own. During each Propel learning track, I gained a greater sense of clarity regarding my career direction: to ultimately double down and build something of my own."
We'll celebrate the launch of your startup — and help you maintain momentum! Ask for introductions to advisors, customers, and consultants. If you're exploring financing opportunities, find investors or learn how to best bootstrap.
Attend a roundtable on accelerators, meet angels, or pitch at an "Idea Propeller" session to investors.
“Propel was hugely beneficial for me from the earliest stages of starting a company. When I was just getting started it provided a supportive community of entrepreneurs to build alongside. Then when we raised our first round of funding, it was through Propel that I got connected to two of our first investors.”
Navigate the challenges of startup growth with guidance from founders who are one step ahead of you. Ask technical questions, recruit great talent, and receive pointers on how to be the best leader you can be.
Learn hiring and culture best practices with guidance from leaders like Sarah — Head of People at Orum.
“Working from home and then taking the leap to start a new business can feel really lonely. Propel has been this amazing community of people who keep me feeling encouraged, inspired, and engaged every day. Propel pushed me to effectively launch my Kickstarter.”
Increase your revenue by creating or updating your business strategy. We're here to help you onboard functional experts and build a company culture that will welcome future employees and customers for years to come.
"Propel has surrounded me with bright, ambitious professionals with whom I can openly share ideas. The introductions to people have been important in getting advice on growing our business; members have a 'how can I help' attitude, and that generosity is hard to find anywhere."
We're a private community welcoming new members who meet the following criteria:
Propel is for builders. More than anything, we’re looking for people with a demonstrated history of achievement (in their jobs, side hustles, hobbies, or creative endeavors) and a burning desire to build something.
Your timeline to build a business or team is your own — we'll set the table to help you take steps forward.
Right now, our members have a range (2-30 years!) of work experience and come from a mix of backgrounds — e-commerce, SaaS, climate, crypto, health tech, fintech, and more.
That said, we’re focused on building a diverse community, so if the above doesn’t quite describe you, worry not — we’re always looking for new members with different backgrounds!
The first step is to submit an application. This helps us get to know you better and understand your goals. Please include as much detail as you'd like us to have to evaluate your intention in joining. If we think you’ll be a good fit for our next class, we will reach out regarding next steps.
We always have more high-quality applicants than we have spaces for new members, so you may be placed on our waitlist until we have a spot for you.
Membership costs $50 per month or $539 if you sign up for a year.
We believe that investing in a support system as you build is one of the most meaningful investments that you can make and we’re confident that you’ll get a lot of value out of Propel.
Engaging in conversation in the community and asking for help are the best ways to see value from the community quickly and frequently. Specifically:
We’re not. If you’re interested in applying to an accelerator or studio while you're a member of Propel, we’ll provide you with vetted information and contacts as you navigate that process.
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