Press Release – New York, NY July 28, 2016. Onevest announced today the acquisition of FounderDating to create one of the largest and leading networks of entrepreneurs and advisors, in combination with Onevest‘s subsidiary, CoFoundersLab.
The strategic appeal for the acquisition is clear. In addition to FounderDating’s large and curated community for finding advisors and cofounders, 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.
“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 accelerate 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 for 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 cofounders 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 it’s mission of leading the “Age of Entrepreneurship” by becoming the resource center for startups to flourish.
Onevest provides technology products to connect founders, investors, advisors and influencers in the entrepreneurship community seamlessly and easily. Onevest is currently operating 1000 Angels which is an invitation-only investor network and CoFoundersLab, the largest network of entrepreneurs.