The strategic appeal for the acquisition is clear. In addition to FounderDating’s large and curated community for finding advisors and co-founders, their Q&A platform – FD:Discuss – has grown in popularity, boasting 3-4 answers in under a few hours to new questions and a 90%+ response rate.
With CoFoundersLab and FounderDating now combining efforts, their reach runs deep, allowing entrepreneurs to access the resources they need to thrive from team matching algorithms to community discussion boards and a variety of certificate courses around how to create and scale businesses. FounderDating’s community will be combined under the CoFoundersLab brand to create the ultimate platform where company creation and growth is fortified.
Helping like-minded entrepreneurs
We are thrilled to welcome the FounderDating community into our entrepreneurial ecosystem, said Onevest’s Executive Chairman Alejandro Cremades, Small businesses are the growth engine of our economy, not to mention the catalyst for innovation and change.
We exist to provide entrepreneurs the resources, tools, and support they need to succeed. Together, we are committed to accelerating startup growth and empower even more people to positively impact their community and the global economy through entrepreneurship, said Cremades.
FounderDating was originally launched in 2012 by Jessica Alter. The platform, best known to help like-minded entrepreneurs find their co-founders and advisors, has become the go-to place for early stage team building. With this acquisition, Onevest will be the largest platform to aid entrepreneurs from team formation through funding and beyond. We’re excited about this next chapter and building a full-service network to help the exploding entrepreneurial ecosystem, Alter said.
Similarly, CoFoundersLab, which Onevest acquired in 2014, is a platform where entrepreneurs can connect with potential co-founders and advisors to build strong founding teams. In the last two years, the platform has facilitated hundreds of thousands of introductions, leading to many successful startups such as Imperative or Revolv (acquired by Google).
In an effort to further expand the one-stop-shop experience, CoFoundersLab recently launched CoFoundersLab Learning Center to educate entrepreneurs on everything from launching a business to raising capital. While this has been tried before, it’s never been done on a platform that already has a captive audience. With this launch and the FounderDating acquisition, the Onevest ecosystem is poised to fulfill its mission of leading the Age of Entrepreneurship by becoming the resource center for startups to flourish.