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WHEREVER YOU ARE

join The Family.

Online Program for 50 Startups. 
Next Batch: January 2021.

 

The Family is a fellowship of founders.
Twice a year, The Family selects 50 startups from around the world.
In exchange for 5% equity, we provide everything you need to build a scalable business: advice, mindset, network & a world-class investor demo day — 
no matter where you come from.

AMBITIOUS FOUNDERS.
6 INTENSE WEEKS. 5% EQUITY.
GAME-CHANGING SUPPORT.

 

THE REMOTE PROGRAM
LASTS 6 WEEKS & IT'S INTENSE.

Great entrepreneurs can come from anywhere. 
Sometimes though, the resources available to them locally aren't the best. That's why after years of helping founders all across Europe, we've decided to expand our program globally. 
From other ambitious, daring founders to advisors and investors, you'll have access to the best, not just the people near you. These opportunities are all gathered within The Family's program.
 

For 6 weeks, we work hard with founders to transform their company and prepare it for investment. Everything is designed to make you look your best at Demo Day.

Office hours with Partners
These important 1-on-1 times are here to help you make strategic decisions. We will never make the decision for you. We can talk about product, go-to-market, hiring, fundraising and every other aspect of your business. During office hours, we build trust that enables our relationship to endure well beyond Demo Day.

 

Founder's day & access to all the founders
Founders learn a tremendous amount from each other. At The Family, we facilitate those interactions and help founders capitalize on knowledge and network. Founders get to share what they are working on with all the other startups at The Family.

 

Masterclasses & insider stories
Some of the best entrepreneurs and operators in the world are part of The Family's network. Because having accessible role models is a key part of what drives entrepreneurial success, we believe it's important that you get the insider stories of how legendary companies got started - because they looked just like you.

Access to the alumni network
Entrepreneurs who graduate from The Family behave like a true community. We have made sure Pay-It-Forward is concrete: it's the standard way of acting within our community.

Access to all the resources
We give you access to all the lessons learned by founders that joined before you. Knowledge compounds and companies become more likely to succeed.

 

A great bunch of perks
We've got privileged access to the best tools and services founders need in the early days of building their product like AWS, Pipedrive, Notion, Twilio... they're ready for you.
 

Demo Day
Companies get to showcase the projects to which they're dedicating their time. This online event is designed to make the fundraising process as efficient as possible. Because everything happens online, Demo Day does not need to be a live event. It's designed to put your company in its best light and is released on a specific day, à la Netflix. Hundreds of investors are waiting for this demo day and we make thousands of introductions in the days following the event.

After Demo Day
The partners work hard with founders to help you close your funding rounds. The relationships and community keep thriving as the company matures to face new challenges. Experience has proven that we are most useful to many companies after they've fundraised!

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 WE BELIEVE THAT A GREAT ENTREPRENEUR   CAN COME FROM ANYWHERE 

 

SUPPORT. NETWORK. DEMO DAY.
AND 800+ DARING FOUNDERS.

 

JANUARY 2013

Teddy & Mathieu want to create a "hitchhiking platform 2.0", starting with young people who can't afford a cab after a night out.

TODAY

Heetch is thriving in 5 different countries, with more than 2 million happy customers.

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JULY 2018

Fanny & Claudette, two poli sci students, are on a mission: helping women enjoy their body. They handwrote the thank you notes for hundreds of their first underwear customers themselves.

TODAY

They are set to build one of the iconic women's health brands of their generation.

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MARCH 2015

Serge launches TokTokTok, an on-demand delivery app. 2 years later, he sells it to JustEat. He starts Shipfix, a collaborative platform for the maritime and trade sectors.

TODAY

Some of the world's leading brokers, charterers, owners and operators trust Shipfix with their workflows!

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APRIL 2018

Max is 15, he's passionate about mathematics and virtual reality. He's been building a helmet with his friend, learning from tutorials on YouTube and articles available online.

TODAY

Max is on the way to nailing the VR industry by creating something as cool as Second Life, as efficient as Facebook, as artistic as the best video games.

OCTOBER 2015

Firmin explains to us how painful payroll is. But he's been working on converting the complexities of French labor law into a programming language he called "Jetlang"...

TODAY

Payfit's team of 500 serves 4000 clients across 5 countries and is on track to build the ERP of the 21st century.

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SEPTEMBER 2016

Benedetta is the former CEO of Uber Italy. She wants to combine expense tracking, saving, & investing into one app, while enabling her community to share tips & suggestions with one another.

TODAY

Oval is used all across Europe and  now allows for investing in a number of innovative structured products.

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JULY 2016

Charles is introduced to us by a founder we love, Paul from Fretlink. He's convinced that great data scientists deserve more exciting missions. 

TODAY

Comet matches outstanding tech talents with 1000+ companies.

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DECEMBER 2012

The Family hasn't even been incorporated yet, we're having a beer with Julien, an engineer working on making search easier... 

TODAY

Algolia is used by 9000 customers serving 70B queries per month.

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JULY 2016

Carole - a professor, author and actress - runs a blog for mums. She just started a conversation about diapers with her large community. 

TODAY

Joone reaches €20M revenue in 2020 with a wide range of clean products, all sold directly to consumers.

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OCTOBER 2015

Pierre starts working on "WeSlash", a match-making platform for students looking for short-term jobs.

TODAY

Side keeps on redefining the temporary work experience, with 10,000 active workers of all ages, 2000 clients, and millions of hours booked through their platform.

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1st EMAIL, JULY 2014

"I've launched a website offering recorded lessons, quizzes and notes for high schoolers. With just 10 videos, 1700 students have already subscribed for free."

TODAY

2M students use Shannon's platform to prepare for their exams.

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MAY 2014

Anastasia just resigned from her job as a fighter pilot to dedicate her time to helping diabetes patients & doctors communicate more efficiently.

TODAY

75% of all prenatal diabetes patients in France use MyDiabby.

JULY 2013

Kourosh wants to disrupt the transport industry, with his cofounder... Balthazar! They fail fast. He decides to tackle a new challenge: democratizing medical drug trials.

TODAY

Kourosh has run 50 clinical trials for new drugs, with 2000 labs and 3500 doctors in 75 countries. And Balthazar became a Partner at The Family ;)

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FEBRUARY 2015

In a tweet to @_TheFamily, Guillaume, who learned about vertical farming on YouTube, explains how "Local Local" can produce strawberries all year long, with no GMOs & no pollution. 

TODAY

Guillaume sells 7000 punnets of herbs & strawberries
every week, all produced in high-tech, fully autonomous farms.

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JANUARY 2018

Jacques-Edouard leaves his job at a TV channel because he thinks the grocery-shopping & home-cooking which we spend so much time on are too time-consuming and lack joy.

TODAY

Jow is the #1 app used for buying and getting groceries to your door from all main supermarkets in France.

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MAY 2018

Ali is 17 years old, he joins The Family's "Reverse" program. He wants to build financial services for workers of the "talent economy". 

TODAY

Mansa loaned out more than 1M€ to freeelancers 6 months after launch and they're just getting started. 

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DECEMBER 2017

After 5 years in China, Jade decides to tackle the industry of elevator maintenance, a $35B global market owned by 4 major players. She spotted a lack of service and the need to empower mechanics.

TODAY

WeMaintain operates in Paris and London, maintaining thousands of elevators in 500 buildings.

OCTOBER 2015

We look at Louis' 1st website and cry: "So you wanna make hand sanitizer swaggy, but are you serious with this branding!?!"

TODAY

Merci Handy is one of the most popular brands we've ever worked with: growing product lines, 430k intense lovers on Instagram, tens of thousands of stores selling their products.

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APRIL 2017

Two Italians leave their homeland & build a personal finance app in Berlin. They realize they picked the wrong market and relocate to London, where they start from scratch.

TODAY

Emma is loved by hundreds of thousands of users in the US, UK & Canada, to whom it has become a "financial friend". 

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ON SLACK, OCT 2015

"So glad we shared our vision with you this morning! We left with a big smile, energy & more confidence. Next step: MVP & first transactions.
Let's do it. Love & Care. Paul."

TODAY

Fretlink operates in 22 countries and serves 400 clients who rely on their service and trust Fretlink to handle their logistics operations.

DECEMBER 2013

Bénédicte, a solo founder, is convinced that employees could grow much more within their companies, if only HR knew about their potential.

TODAY

Clustree gets acquired by Cornerstone & Bénédicte is already moving on to her next venture!

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OCTOBER 2015

Pierre and a few friends, a group of music-loving engineers, think working together on music sheets should be as easy as editing a Google Doc. 

TODAY

Flat is profitable and constantly making music lovers happier, with 5M+ active installs all over the world.

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MAY 2018

Maxime is running Google Ads for people looking for emergency storage after interning at a trucking company and contacting warehouses from a spreadsheet he built with two friends from college.

TODAY

In France, every 20km, you'll find a warehouse optimized by Spacefill & its team of 30.

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SEPTEMBER 2017

A duo with 20 years experience in AI, Chris and Martin dream of an algorithmic feed for shopping.

TODAY

The tech they developed analyses billions of data points & supports leading brands against fraudsters: from counterfeit goods to online reviews.

MARCH 2013

Antonio starts a platform for fans of TV series, called "TV Showtime". Within several years, he'll attract hundreds of thousand of users all over the world, and then sell it. 
Does he know that he will soon find a new passion in property management?

TODAY

His new startup, Bellman, is already managing more than 100 buildings.

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JULY 2018

Thibault is a serial founder, he just stopped his startup using blockchain to promote new political candidates... For his next venture, he's keeping the part he can make a difference with: blockchain.   

TODAY

Fairmint is a revolution: people can become investors in companies they love, even if these companies are not public, and even if they are not normally investors themselves.

... And 800 more courageous minds!

When you apply, tell us about you, your mission, what you've done so far and what you need to go further. Simple, straightforward and honest. If we feel like we can make a difference, we'll get back to you ASAP.

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Our Demo Day is an invite-only event, where the founders in the batch introduce their companies to the best VC firms in the world, but also to hundreds of angel investors. If you'd like to join, just fill in this quick form & we will let you know if you have been invited!

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