May 25, 2022

How The Founding Network is helping founders reach their full growth potential

Location:
London, United Kingdom
Industry:
Community/Coaching
With Firstbase since:
February 2022
Scaling their US operations together with Firstbase, The Founding Network is a growing, global community of founders, operators, advisors, and mentors that share practical business advice to help founders collaborate and grow as efficiently as possible. We chatted with its founder, James Sutcliff, to learn more about how The Founding Network is bringing together the most innovative startups and investors across London, New York, and Berlin to help founders scale together.

Can you share a bit about yourself?

I have always been a complete business nerd - loving every aspect of it, starting various businesses, and studying some of the influential entrepreneurs that inspired me while growing up. This passion turned obsession led me to launch The Founding Network.

What is The Founding Network?

We're a community of 1000+ of the most innovative, scaling founders across the UK, USA & Germany. We bring together to share challenges, advice, contacts - whatever it takes to ensure they scale as efficiently as possible. We also work with some of the world's leading brands, such as Snap, Microsoft, and Oracle, to share our community's latest insights, tech, and best practices.

What is your mission?

We launched with the understanding that no matter what a founder's experience or background, it's impossible to be an expert in every aspect of their own business - so we created the community that is. Those in our community have already achieved so much, but they all understand that they can scale their businesses that much quicker by working together. We're on a mission to be the world's leading community of scaling founders.

The Founding Network has offices in London, New York, and Berlin with more hubs opening soon.

We launched with the understanding that no matter what a founder's experience or background, it's impossible to be an expert in every aspect of their own business - so we created the community that is. Those in our community have already achieved so much, but they all understand that they can scale their businesses that much quicker by working together. We're on a mission to be the world's leading community of scaling founders.

What are your core offerings, and how do you help founders?

We're focused on helping founders reach their full growth potential by supporting the practical side of the business (fundraising, team management, legal, etc.) and the human elements (mental health, work/life balance, relationships). Each quarter we ask all of our founders for their biggest current challenge - and our team then pairs them with another founder that we know has the expertise to guide them through the issue. Founders love this format as it gets straight to their pain point, and they can adapt their business the next day. This real-time insight allows us to tailor our wider program of round tables, workshops, pitch nights, and content to ensure we offer support where needed most.

How are you different in connecting entrepreneurs and investors? 

Raising investment is just one of the pillars of scaling a business that we focus on. Due to our community's incredible founders, we have attracted a large and varied pool of investors who we are always happy to make introductions through our pitch nights or on an ad-hoc basis. We also love to see so many of our founders introducing their investors to others in the network!

What are some benefits you offer founders looking to scale their business?

The best thing about The Founding Network is the community - we now have the added benefit of being in several locations around the world, so our founders can easily make connections and gain advice from those in markets they are expanding to themselves.

What are your growth plans over the next 2-3 years?

We are continuing our mission of becoming the leading global community of high-growth founders - so we will continue to expand around the world, with additional US hubs (California & Miami) and new territories such as the UAE.

We are also launching our flagship conference, FOUND London, where we will be bringing our community together all in one room!

How did you hear about Firstbase, and why work with them?

When launching in the US, we did a lot of research on the best companies to help us get up and runningWe initially came across Firstbase on Google, but after talking to the team realized it was the right fit for us. Our experience with Firstbase has been seamless. Through the platform, it requires pretty limited time, money, and effort to get up and running in the US. I have since recommended Firstbase to other founders.

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