The Pacific Northwest's Seed-Stage Venture Fund

Built by founders, funded by founders, and designed to put founders first.

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Since 2008, we've built the most powerful network in the region to help founders succeed; from founding, to funding, to scaling.


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Our companies have raised over $2.5 billion in funding.

Meet Our Founders

Matt Oppenheimer, CEO of Remitly

Our goal is to transform the lives of immigrants and their families by providing the most trusted financial services on the planet.

Matt Oppenheimer is the founder and CEO of Remitly, the largest independent digital remittance company in North America, transferring over $5 billion annually. Founders' Co-op led Remitly's seed round in 2011 and served on the board through their $115m Series D in 2017.

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Hannah Freeman, CEO of Ganaz

Our mission is to leverage technology to foster well-being and prosperity for agriculture and food manufacturing workers and their communities.

Hannah Freeman is the founder and CEO of Ganaz, the leading workforce management platform built for deskless workers in agriculture and food manufacturing. Founders' Co-op led Ganaz's seed round in 2018.

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Manny Medina, CEO of Outreach

Our mission is to help innovators, the evangelists of new technologies who face a lot of no’s before reaching the yes, to get their products to the people who need them, to successfully build new markets, and to fund the cycle of continuous innovation.

Manny Medina is the founder and CEO of Outreach, the leading B2B sales engagement platform. Founders' Co-op was the first investor in Outreach, leading the Seed round in 2011 and serving on the board through the Series A in 2015. Outreach has raised $489m to date.

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Why the Pacific Northwest?

Before Washington, Oregon and British Columbia were individual states or provinces, they were the Oregon Territory. Settled by pioneers, shaped by the Klondike Gold Rush and self-reliant by remote necessity, the region continues to attract leaders and builders who aren’t afraid to do things differently.

We are proud supporters of the unique innovation ecosystem that thrives across the entire region and are on a mission to power and enable founders with that pioneer mentality.

Our Regional Network

Founders' Co-op led the Techstars Seattle program from its inception in 2010 through 2019 and in 2017 helped create and then lead the Amazon backed Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars. Through these 2 programs we invested in an additional 130 companies, making us early backers of 250 companies in the Pacific Northwest since 2008. In 2013 we created Startup Hall, where we're still located today, in partnership with the University of Washington to foster an organic interchange between academic and commercial innovation.

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