• 50 of the world's most innovative companies founded by the next generation of entrepreneurs

    Now accepting applications for the 2017 class

  • This year's K50 class will demo on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange

    at the Kairos Global Summit on April 21-22, 2017

      As a K50, you're in good company

      Reveal your venture to the world alongside 50 seed-stage founders who are on a mission to transform industries, just like you.

       

      Over the past 4 years, Kairos 50 alumni have:

      • Raised over $500 million in investment capital, from funds including Andreesen Horowitz, NEA, Eight.VC, and Greylock
      • Achieved a combined valuation of over $2 billion
      • Made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list 42 times
    • Connect with your future Series A backers

       

       

       

       

      The world's top investors attend the invite-only K50 showcase. Over 100 investors attending in 2016, including Founders Fund, Obvious Ventures, KPCB, Eight VC, Andreesen Horowitz, and Lux Capital.

       

       

      Engage with the Fortune 500

      You'll have a seat at the table with titans of industry. Participants have included Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, Cisco, PepsiCo, American Express, and Boeing.

       

       

       

      Drive exposure for your venture

      K50 companies have been selected to represent the next generation of entrepreneurs at influential events including DLD, SALT, the Nantucket Project, Mobile World Congress.

    • Searching for companies that are pushing industries forward

      Standout alumni include

      FiscalNote

      Leverages big data to analyze the impact of government legislation on both the public and private sector

      Raised Series C in 2016

      Owlet

      Wearable sock to monitors infants while they sleep and alert parents if their baby stops breathing

      Raised Series B in 2016

      Freenome

      Develops software that leverages liquid biopsies and genomics to develop a test that can detect cancer early

      Raised $5.5 million from a16z in 2016

    • Mikhail Naumov, DigitalGenius (K50 ‘14)

      “The Kairos 50 has been the single most valuable program I've experienced. Thanks to Kairos, we've gotten our company in front of the biggest investors in the world, have been featured at iconic industry events, and gained access to valuable business development opportunities.

       

      The community is second to none -- young founders on a mission to make a dent in the universe, and always there to help each other reach outlandish goals.”

      Harry Gandhi, Medella (K50 ‘14)

      “The Kairos 50 has been an essential part to Medella’s growth, especially in its first year of growth.

       

      Not only did the Kairos Society provide Medella with a vast network of global entrepreneurs (and friends), but it also helped Medella build the right connections to take the company to the next stage of development. Medella used the Kairos Global Summit as a platform to unveil its first contact lens prototype and show it off to the world, directly leading to press and an investor.”

      Jonathan Schwartz, Layer By Layer (K50 ‘13), Acquired by MakerBot in 2014

      "During the 2012 Global Summit, we were paired with a number of key players in the 3D printing industry as mentors, and they remain incredibly valuable today.

       

      When it comes to industry knowledge and expertise, having strong connections at companies such as Stratasys, MakerBot, Autodesk, and 3D Systems has put our company a step ahead of our competition. There is no other network of such enthusiastic, talented, and young entrepreneurs. Kairos sets the bar.”

    • Celebrate your early success

      We understand the unique challenges that young entrepreneurs face and the long road ahead to building a company, so we make sure to leave some time to celebrate.

       

      We're known to push the envelope, including hosting Madeon as the first ever DJ to play on the NYSE trading floor.

    • Who qualifies for the K50?

      Each K50 Applicant must meet the following criteria:

      • Co-Founder Status: the applicant/nominee must be a co-founder of the company.

      • Age Eligibility: he or she must have been under the age of 26 at the time the company was founded.

      • Working Product/Prototype: each company must have a product or prototype that can be demoed at the time of submission.

      • Business Model: must clearly fit one of the following two categories:

        • Cutting-edge Technologies Entering Massive, Outdated Industries (such as transportation, logistics, healthcare)

        • New Products & Services Addressing Fundamental Human Needs

      • Kairos Global Summit Attendance: he or she must be able to attend and showcase the product or prototype at the Kairos Global Summit, which takes place in New York, NY from April 21-22. They may bring other co-founders or team members.

      • Fundraising: companies should be pre Series A at the time of application.

      • References: applicants must have at least one reference to give feedback to Kairos on their team, product, and traction.

      Timing and Process

      We will be processing nominations on a rolling basis, and we encourage each candidate to fill out an application as soon as possible so that we can get to know the founders before the Summit.

       

      All applications must be processed before February 13th, 2017. The final selections will be made no later than March 1st, in order to ensure the K50 can make the necessary travel arrangements for the Kairos Global Summit.

       

      Selection Process and Timeline: December 7th - February 13th, 2017

      • Application (open until Feb 13th) - an application must be filled out by all applicants which will be screened

      • K100 Selection (Feb. 13th) - 100 applicants will be chosen on a rolling basis up until February 3, 2017

      • Phone Screen (on a rolling basis through March 1st) - selected applicants will be given a 15 minute phone screen to share more about the team, product, customer, and traction.

      • Final Review and Selection (March 1st) - each K100 will be reviewed by the Kairos Selection Committee made up of the Kairos Fund managing partners, former K50 founders, venture capitalists, and angel investors

      Official Rules & Regulations