Venture Builder (Financial Resilience) Co-Founder


London, England, United Kingdom

Full time

Entrepreneur in Residence

Jan 8

Zinc is seeking 70 extremely ambitious, talented individuals from across the globe who want to build businesses to transform people’s financial resilience and turn uncertainty into opportunity.

The 12-month Venture Builder starts full time, in person in our London HQ, in April 2023. Will you rise to the challenge and join us?

Zinc is an early-stage investor. We back Founders who want to build a new mission-driven business, even if they don’t yet have a team or an idea. We support the Founders to build brand new commercial businesses by providing access to co-founders, investment, experts, in-house R&D support and a proven process to launch a new venture.

Since 2017, we have backed over 200 entrepreneurs and supported them in building over 60 brand-new ventures from scratch.

The Mission

The Founders in this mission will help more people to achieve financial security by building new products and services that will help people to earn more money, deal better with financial shocks and make smart investments in their future. To be successful, their products and services will have to particularly meet the needs of those born in the 1970s and 1980s.

What makes a successful Zinc co-Founder?

  1. You have the ambition to build a scalable commercial business that has massive impact on the mission problem;
  2. You have the capability to bring exceptional skills, expertise, networks and insights;
  3. You have an entrepreneurial appetite for huge risk taking and the ability to go from 0-1 and power on to 100x.

Sound like you? We offer places on a first-come-first-serve basis, so apply now to reserve your spot.


We back individual founders. This means you could join without a team, without a business plan and even without an idea. We welcome first-time Founders as well as experienced entrepreneurs as the Venture Builder is for everyone who can bring their expertise and experience to build solutions.

Diversity leads to out-performing teams and better innovation. Zinc’s diverse cohorts of commercial, technical, domain experts and creative founders come from all over the world with over 30 nationalities represented, 50% women and 40% people of colour.

If you want to apply but have accessibility issues, caring commitments or other concerns, please do get in contact.


When Zinc backs a founder to build a business, you receive up to £250,000 in funding. This breaks down as:

  • £13,200 stipend across the first 6 months per founder;
  • £80,000 first investment for any company that we decide to back
  • ~£150,000 follow on investment in the company’s seed round

In addition to funding, you also gain:

  • Access to co-founders who are fully committed to starting a venture right now
  • A cohort of up to 70 potential co-founders who are equally motivated to solve the same mission that is driving you
  • In-house R&D team to guide you while you build your evidence-backed business, from sessions and workshops with our product and science specialists, to guidance with user testing, academic opportunities and research funding.
  • Working with over 100 Visiting Fellows who have expertise in the mission area, business, product, marketing, engineering and design, and more, who have committed to support this mission and its Founders.
  • Introductions to early stage funders (angels, VCs, grant-givers)
  • Tailored support to develop your knowledge of building a successful mission-driven business from scratch, with specialist workshops, talks and demonstrations, as well as executive coaching and a dedicated Zinc team venture partner.
  • Workspace in Zinc’s central London Headquarters.
  • Portfolio support for the first 3 years of the new business post the Venture Builder phase.

Ready to change your future and the future of millions of people around the globe? Ready to build a business that will empower people born in the 1970s and '80s to turn uncertainty into opportunity, to seize technology and make it work for them, to reinvent their lives (not be reinvented by others) and to achieve the financial security they need to navigate their own way through a changing and uncertain world? Become part of a cohort of diverse, driven, hand-picked individuals who are passionate about transforming financial resilience and find your co-founder.

Places are offered on a first come first serve, rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to make the cohort. Apply today!

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