Forum for founders

A pre-seed program designed to provide the capital, guidance and support you need

Building a company is hard. Some days you may feel on top of the world, while others will have you majorly doubting your course. We get it – as previous SaaS founders, we get it. We’ve been there before. That’s why we walk this journey with you hand in hand for three intense months, providing a meaningful investment in your company, tactical advice from our cumulative years of experience, and the much-needed empathy as you build.

Join us for 3 jam packed months of talks, mentorship from SaaS experts, weekly 1:1s with your local MD, events with other founders, and so much more.
$100K
In Pre Seed Funding (USD)
10
Companies Per Cohort
750+
Funds Co-Invested with Forum Ventures

A Community of Alumni and SaaS Mentors

Once you’re part of our portfolio, you’ll have access to mentorship from industry-leading executives, subject-matter-experts and seasoned founders to help you iterate on your product and scale your business.
Peter Zotto

Peter Zotto

General Manager at Profitwell
Rahul Sharma

Rahul Sharma

Former VP Customer success at Cinchy
Kathryn Christie

Kathryn Christie

Head of Talent at Georgian
Stephan Cizmar

Stephan Cizmar

VP of Product Strategy and Research at Unqork
Rachel Renock

Rachel Renock

CEO & Co-Founder, Wethos
Bocar Dia

Bocar Dia

Scaled sales at Hootsuite & Founder of ProxyAI
Luann Abrams

Luann Abrams

Founder of CEOX & Partner at FoundersPad
Doug Landis

Doug Landis

Growth Partner, Emergence Capital

Peter Zotto

General Manager at Profitwell

Rahul Sharma

Former VP Customer success at Cinchy

Kathryn Christie

Head of Talent at Georgian

Stephan Cizmar

VP of Product Strategy and Research at Unqork

Rachel Renock

CEO & Co-Founder, Wethos

Bocar Dia

Scaled sales at Hootsuite & Founder of ProxyAI

Luann Abrams

Founder of CEOX & Partner at FoundersPad

Doug Landis

Growth Partner, Emergence Capital

Our Program Starts and Ends with Funding

We’re usually the first check in for early-stage founders, providing $100K USD in pre seed funding and the much needed runway to build your company. Our program then culminates in our Investor Week, designed to get you the funding needed to continue on your journey. We’ll guide you through the fundraising process – when, how much, from who – get you in the best position possible to raise, and then introduce you to some of the top VCs across North America that are right for your business.
10
Companies Per Cohort
$315M
in follow on funding and counting
$3.15M
Average funding per company

"Forum was a very valuable experience for us."

“Forum was a very valuable experience for us. They provided us with key customer introductions to companies in our target market that led to over $200K of revenue. Two months after demo day, we had grown revenue to $850K ARR and were able to close our seed round.”
Sean Thorne
CEO & Co-Founder, People Data Labs

People Data Labs enables companies to build innovative, trusted people data driven products at scale. Sean and his team joined our San Francisco program in August 2015 and we were the first check into the company. They have since gone on to raise close to $10M across a seed and Series A from funds like Susa Ventures, 8VC and Founders Fund.

Customer Perks

Save over $100k with our corporate perks exclusive to founders in our community, like Hubspot, Carta, Early Growth, and more.

Customer Intros

Meet key customers from our network of 300+ F500 and F1000 companies to help drive early product feedback and revenue.

An Extension of Your Founding Team

Your local MD will become an extension of your team, providing expertise in any areas you’re lacking, acting as a sounding board, and ensuring you’re set up to go to market successfully.
James Murphy

James Murphy | NYC

Specialty: Go to Market, Fundraising
James is Forum’s MD in NYC, and was the Co-Founder of Robly, a marketing automation platform based in New York City. James is an active angel investor and advisor to numerous early stage SaaS startups. Before starting Robly, he was a Vice President of Credit Trading at Barclays Capital. James graduated with a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.
Jonah Midanik

Jonah Midanik | Toronto

Specialty: Marketing, Fundraising
An engineer by trade, Jonah has spent the last twenty years at the intersection of marketing and technology as a serial entrepreneur in Canada. Jonah has been lucky enough to have several different lenses on the founder journey from bootstrapping, to launching new corporate divisions, and raising 8 figures of venture capital. Jonah currently spends his time helping Canadian companies grow with Forum.
Jeff Baker

Jeff Becker | San Francisco

Specialty: Sales, Fundraising
Jeff is an experienced sales leader in B2B software and has served as a founder, angel investor, and advisor for the past decade. At LinkedIn, Jeff led multiple teams through hypergrowth, contributing a total of $100m in revenue. In that same time, Jeff co-founded Earhoox, scaling it to more than 100 countries worldwide and won SXSW's PayPal Duel with Shark Tank's Daymond John.
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Program FAQs

For more FAQs about the program and application process

How much do you invest in each company & what are your terms?

We provide $100k USD in pre seed funding to each company joining our program. We’re usually the first check in, and we write checks quickly (day 1 of the program), which founders truly appreciate. Our terms are $100k USD for 7.5% equity on a standard, post money SAFE. Find out why our terms are our terms here.

What type of companies do you fund?

We fund B2B SaaS companies in any vertical in the early-stage (pre-seed) of your journey who have taken on less than $500k in funding, and have or are about to have an MVP in market.

What type of founders would be a good fit for your accelerator program?

We love working with founders who are passionate about what they’re building, have strong founder-market fit, and are looking for a fractional co-founder to guide them and push them to the next stage. We work best with coachable founders who are both driven and coachable.

What is your stance on Diversity & Inclusion?

We believe we have a platform and the responsibility to make an outsized impact on the tech industry. We’re committed to building a diverse team, cohort and community. We’re actively working on this by increasing diversity in our mentors, building educational modules to help our founders build out their own diverse and inclusive teams, and more.

How does the application process work?

When you’re ready to apply, go ahead and fill out our application form. We’ll then get back to you within 1-2 weeks on whether or not it makes sense to have a call with our team. We get hundreds of applications each program, and we can’t personally respond to everyone. But rest assured, we will get back to you.

Do I need to be in one of your locations?

We have office space available in our three locations – Toronto, New York City, and San Francisco – and we highly recommend you take advantage of being in person with us as much as possible. If you’re not based in one of these locations, we will figure out the best way to work together.

What does Forum provide, re: corporate discounts etc.?

We provide hundreds of business perks to our founders to help you scale your company in an affordable way. For example, 90% off your first year of Hubspot, or a free subscription to Carta for founders until they raise over $1M. It accumulates to over $100k of savings for each company and if we don't have the perk you're looking for, you can request it, and we'll try to get it for you!!

Meet our Portfolio Founders

They’re unique, ambitious, and resilient. Unwaveringly dedicated to their vision and obsessed with their business. Plus super authentic. Come get to know them.
Mek Este-Mcdonald

Meka Este-Mcdonald

Meka Este-Mcdonald is the Co-founder of Sote, the operating system for trade in Africa. Sote went on to raise a $3.6M Seed round. Meka is incredibly driven and ambitious; and has a big vision for the impact Sote can have on Africa.
Kate DeWald

Kate DeWald

Kate DeWald founded OnCue, a platform to help HR executives achieve, and went on to raise a $10M Seed round. We love Kate’s ambition, persistence, and how she is always willing to dig into her story and challenges for other founders to learn from.
Sam Udotong

Sam Udotong

Sam Udotong is the Co-founder & CTO of Fireflies.ai, an AI assistant for meetings that records and transcribes voice meetings. Sam manages a team that operates out of 5 continents and raised $5 million in seed funding.
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