Build with us

Build faster, bigger and better. Together.

As a future founder, you work with our team to complete a rigorous validation process and co-found a company together.

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Harness our world-class expertise, equipped with an understanding of advanced growth strategies.

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Harness our world-class expertise, equipped with an understanding of advanced growth strategies.

CTO Recruitment

In need of a technical co-founder? We stand by your side to help you find the right match.

Recruitment

We assist you in finding a dedicated team to support your growth, for the long term.

Idea Validation

Have an idea but unsure about market demand? Our Future Founder program assists you in validating your concept.

MVP Developement

We accelerate your path to the market with the necessary resources to build an MVP.

Start & Financing

We help you setting up your business and offer access to pre-seed capital and financing services to get you started.

CTO Recruitment

In need of a technical co-founder? We stand by your side to help you find the right match.

Studio Team Support

For the first 6-12 months, we provide you with a dedicated studio team. You can focus on building your product.

Recruitment

We assist you in finding a dedicated team to support your growth, for the long term.

Investor Events

Secure funding and build valuable investor relationships during our events.

Idea Validation

Have an idea but unsure about market demand? Our Future Founder program assists you in validating your concept.

Start & Financing

We help you setting up your business and offer access to pre-seed capital and financing services to get you started.

Studio Team Support

For the first 6-12 months, we provide you with a dedicated studio team. You can focus on building your product.

Investor Events

Secure funding and build valuable investor relationships during our events.

MVP Development

We accelerate your path to the market with the necessary resources to build an MVP.

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Harness our world-class expertise, equipped with an understanding of advanced growth strategies.

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Harness our world-class expertise, equipped with an understanding of advanced growth strategies.

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Harness our world-class expertise, equipped with an understanding of advanced growth strategies.

Shaping the future of work with true market validation

Our mission is to provide great entrepreneurs with proven models and infrastructure to create companies that will shape the future of work. We partner with co-founders that have the right drive and mindset in order to transform visionary business ideas into tangible realities.  

Our Stages

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Bring your own idea to the table or generate new ones based on our extensive market research database

4 weeks

Generate

Bring your own idea to the table or generate new ones based on our extensive market research database

Continuous

Ideate

Explore the market and your network to figure out if the freshly found sparks can become future superstars.

4 Weeks

Validate

Interviews, design sprints and prototypes lead to a clear solution worth paying for.

6 Weeks

Shape

In the Shape phase, we're assessing core assumptions, a challenging 10-month journey toward success.

10 Weeks

Launch

With incorporation and tools in place, we build a strong foundation, engage customers, and deliver the product.

8 Weeks

Iterate

Now it’s about improving tools measuring success, and building customer loyalty for lasting growth.

12 Weeks

Optimise

Automated onboarding, seamless outreach, €10k MRR pave the way for external investments.

14 Weeks

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We’re always looking for new Entrepreneurs in Residence. Are you ready to shape the future of work?

Hot topics

Tenant Commerce

Think of a community channel where everyone from the building can access a variety of products, services, and deals specific to the tenant community on a single interface. For example, there is a strong correlation between employee satisfaction and access to food at their workplace.  Having a centralised platform will empower on-site and local vendors, make the landlords’ business model more resilient, provide invaluable data, and lead to tenant satisfaction and retention.

Streamlined communication

Landlords struggle when it comes to identifying key demands from tenants and employees due to a lack of ongoing communications. Streamlining this process can lead to tenant satisfaction and retention as landlords would get numerous insights into the tenant preferences and customise their solutions. With a specialised tool, landlords can easily create contact groups and automate communications using AI-powered virtual assistants. With the use of such chatbots and automation, building operators can solve potential damages reported by the tenants more efficiently and save costs on maintenance.

Access and Visitor Management

In the co-working building of the future, it would be normal to have people checking in and out as visitors, short-term employees, contract employees, event attendees, and suppliers. With nearly 1 in 2 working professionals reporting having a bad experience in a corporate lobby, there is a need for a more streamlined and pain-free visitor experience. We’re interested in building products that would enhance a building’s visitor experience facilitated by convenient and contactless entry and navigation through the building.

Tenant Engagement

72% of Gen-Z employees report that managing stress and mental health is their most important workplace concern. Coupled with research suggesting that 9 out of 10 employers plan to invest in creating a workplace where health and wellness are actively promoted, there is a lot to anticipate from this opportunity. Think of a platform that can enable the activation of common areas and outdoor space, streamline the programming of wellness and fitness activities, give access to educational and entertainment events, and also curate related content for tenants.

ESG Monitoring Software

Operating buildings are a big contributor to global emissions. Of recent, landlords have experienced pressure not only from European government regulations but also from society and investors, to measure their property’s sustainability. A real-time data monitoring platform that allows landlords to manage their operations, utilise energy more efficiently, cut expenses, make better investment decisions, and support their own sustainability and health goals as well as those of their tenants can greatly help facilitate this movement.

FAQ

What does Builders look for in co-founders?

At Builders, we seek visionaries driven not just by the desire but by the necessity to innovate. We strive to solve real business challenges with founders who’s have the background and potential within their problem space. We admire traits like ambition, resilience, and a knack for execution—qualities that align with our mission to transform work into joy. Dive deeper into our founder's philosophy here.

How do we find founders?

Our search for founders is proactive and community-driven. We engage with potential founders through industry events, referrals, and direct applications on our website. We look for a blend of passion, vision, and determination, aiming to foster a mutual discovery process that aligns our goals and values.

How many founders get through?

Annually, we connect with 2.000+ founders, around 12 join our universe. This selective process ensures that we dedicate our resources and core team to founders who share our vision for disruption and success, making every journey with Builders impactful and meaningful.

Where do the ideas come from?

Ideas at Builders are born from collaboration between our team and founders, inspired by market needs, real business challenges, technological advancements, and our first hand experience. We believe in co-creation, valuing the unique insights each founder brings to the table, turning ideas into problems worth solving into solutions worth building.

What is the journey of a Builders' founder?

Your Builders' journey is a fast-tracked, 18-month journey from concept to launch, supported by up to €300k investment from us. We cover the essentials: idea validation, MVP development, securing the first customers, team building, and more, ensuring a smooth sail towards independence. Learn more about our process here.

How involved is Builders with each startup?

Builders is your co-pilot, empowering with hands-on support in product development, strategy, and funding, to name a few. We're committed to building strong, financially independent companies, providing resources and guidance while fostering a collaborative environment.

What expertise does the Builders core team bring?

Our core team is your dream team, covering everything from product and design to legal and funding, all aimed at empowering you to build a successful, independent company.

Where is Builders located?

Builders' headquarters in the heart of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, offering a vibrant ecosystem for our founders. We’re collaborate onsite in a collaborative atmosphere, essential for brainstorming and strategy sessions. Not to mention the other entrepreneurs you surround yourself with.

How is founders' equity split?

Builders empowers entrepreneurs firstly as a co-founder and secondly provides support, resources, and investment to create a company that can attract the right type of funding. Equity is split to reflect each party’s value and contributions; the studio retains around 30% of the fully diluted equity after leaving the studio and raising funding. From that point on the studio and the founders get equally diluted.

Is it worth 30%?

The value we bring to the table justifies our equity share. Beyond financial investment, we offer a comprehensive support system, access to a network of industry experts, and a collaborative workspace designed to accelerate your journey from idea to independence. After securing funding the studio core team will support the company for months to come.

After independence, what next?

Upon independence, you're at the helm of the company, with Builders as a committed shareholder, supporting you towards your next milestones.

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