with Builders

We partner with founders to build industry-defining companies from the ground up, investing from pre-seed up to Series A.


Invest with the studio

We initially invest pre-seed at the launch of a company built with the studio when the company has successfully navigated through the selection gates of our studio model. From the seed stage and beyond, we continue our support by co-investing alongside institutional investors and VCs, further validating their potential and fostering their growth.

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Where the brightest angels meet

Builders Investor House is a quarterly event hosted at the headquarters of inspiring tech companies. During these all-access events, the early days' stories and growth challenges are told by the founders firsthand. Investors build relationships at the event by participating in mini-challenges and providing valuable feedback.


By founders for founders

Builder’s Investor Community consists of operator investors who uniquely contribute to the success of the studio and individual founders. Members come together at select events, offering a network of connections rarely seen, to whom co-investment opportunities in the studio or companies are offered on a regular basis.

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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.


What types of sectors does Builders focus on for its investments?

Builders targets sectors that align with the future of work, focusing on solving real-world challenges that transform the daily grind into a joy for millions with magical solutions with almost human-like intelligence.

How important is a connection with Builders for securing investment?

Builders invests in companies we build with co-founders from day 0. We deploy a stage gate model to validate real-world challenges and solutions before launching and financing a company, ensuring we only spend efforts on problems worth solving and products worth building.

Does Builders typically lead the financing rounds?

Builders is always the first capital in. We do not lead follow-on rounds at spin-out but co-invest and offer this opportunity to studio-level investors, creating a collaborative investment environment.

Are direct investments in the portfolio companies an option?

Investors at studio level have the optionality to invest directly into the companies co-founded by Builders.

What is a typical equity split between the studio and co-founders?

Typically, the CEO and CTO represent a majority of 67%, and the studio represents 33% of the cap table at incorporation and just below 30% at spin-out. The studio dilutes just like the co-founders from spin-out and beyond.

What is the exit strategy for Builders with its portfolio companies?

Builders is a co-founder and aims to be around from spark to champagne. From the first idea till exit moment, we believe capital markets are ever-changing and do not rely solely on outlier results.

What is the process for spinning out a startup from Builders?

The spinout process involves developing the idea within the studio, validating the business model, and preparing the startup for independent operation and fundraising, ensuring readiness for market entry.

How do you ensure that spinouts maintain momentum after leaving the studio environment?

Builders ensures momentum by providing ongoing operational and strategic support as board members and non-execs, while the companies hire dedicated teams to drive growth.

What is the long-term vision and mission of Builders?

Builders aims to empower entrepreneurs to build stellar companies, today for the future of work from our HQ, tomorrow in more verticals and multiple cities going where the entrepreneurs are.

How does Builders identify and priorities new business opportunities?

Builders focuses on real challenges within the future of work space that are painful and hard to solve, ensuring they fit our scope of transforming daily work with intelligent software.

What kind of technical resources does Builders provide to its portfolio companies?

Builders partners with both business and technical entrepreneurs who become residents, working on prototypes and technical deep dives, ensuring startups have the breadth and depth they need to succeed.

How does the CTO in Residence program help in building scalable and robust technical architectures for startups?

With 4 to 6 CTOs in residence, their combined efforts and knowledge create a creative environment that elevates the quality of technical work, fostering innovation and scalability.


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