5 Tools for Finding a Co-founder for your Startup

In a world where it is getting harder and more frustrating to get the ideal business partner or startup co-founder, it has become more important for online platforms to be created to make it easier for people with great ideas to find people with great skill-sets in order to build the idea together. Finding a co-founder is the most important thing for any startup because it usually is arguably the first hire, and that is what will determine whether your startup will be successful or not.

If you find you have an idea but lack the technical skills to turn the dream to a reality, it may be possible to find just the right co-founder who will develop your idea.


Founded out of the utter frustration of finding a business partner, co-founder and investor in the current world, FounderDating is one of the best platforms for anyone looking to find a co-founder, entrepreneur, partner or investor. The network has a group of business-minded people divided into three categories as follows:

Entrepreneur Network

Includes both serial entrepreneurs and first-time entrepreneurs. Business minded people who aspire to be great entrepreneurs also fall into this category

Co-founder Network

This includes people who have already started a project or who have an idea and are looking for someone to start a project with and those who have already started a project but have no partner yet.

Advisor Network

This network includes experienced professionals who want to mentor entrepreneurs or startups for equity and not cash.

The process of joining FounderDating is rigorous since every single applicant is screened to ensure that they meet the standards set for the site. Also, you have to create an account on LinkedIn if you don’t have one yet because the network uses LinkedIn like a sign-in tool. LinkedIn is also where most people will connect with you outside the site since it’s the most professional social media network around.


CoFoundersLab prides itself of a network of 40,000 entrepreneurs, advisers and interns who make a great combination all together for the newest entrepreneurs and startups. To join the site is free, unlike FounderDating, there isn’t any screening involved. You post your profile for free and are allowed to search the whole network for your ideal partner.

Using the basic plan or free plan if you like, you can contact a maximum of 5 co-founders per month. However, a payment plan is available that offers a wide range of features like the ability to contact an unlimited number of co-founders per month, suggestions of recommended candidates for your startup and priority in search listings where you get seen on top of the results page when entrepreneurs are searching for co-founders. Other advantages of the subscription plan include the ability to see who viewed you, a compatibility score gauge and advanced filtering. If you do choose to join CoFoundersLab, it is like a dating network for entrepreneurs, advisors and interns and has the largest pool of the same so far. The plans start from $20 per month for 3 months, $17 per month for 6 months and $10 per month for 12 months.


This has been compared to the dating site Match.com, but for the tech co-founders, developers, designers and other geeks all over the world. Creating an account is simple and not subject to any rigorous checks. On this platform, you can find your co-founder in whatever shape and skill-set you desire. The platform accommodates developers, designers, engineers, marketers, product managers, business developers, sales persons and advisors. You can also launch your startup on the site, get your very first customers and get funding.


FoundersNation provides a very simple search tool for finding your co-founder or for checking out people who want to be co-founders and are looking for an opportunity to arise. It’s basically a very simple platform. Logging in can be done via Facebook and that allows the people viewing your profile to know that you are a real person. You can search for co-founders from a particular location with specific skill sets using the platform’s search tool.

Lead Candy

Lead Candy is one of the most revolutionary ways to get connections with entrepreneurs, marketers, developers, co-founders and partners today. It bridges the distance between your social media accounts and has all your connections in one portal. You can search the platform for any type of professional you want to link to and get in touch with them in a minute. When you search for a developer on the platform, for example, what happens is that you get several results and whichever name you choose depending on your location and their location, the Lead Candy tool analyzes your social media connections and theirs as well. It will come up with someone you know that knows someone who knows the developer you are interested in. Lead Candy searches your social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus to find someone whom you and the partner you are interested in know in common. That common person between both of you will then be contacted to connect both of you. A very solid way of making sure you know who you know and how, in order to make a solid interaction when you meet them. Definitely good enough to find your co-founder.