What we do.

Founded by entrepreneurs The Refiners is a San Francisco-based Seed Fund Program devoted to helping world-class entrepreneurs thrive in the bountiful yet complicated environment of Silicon Valley. We are passionate about the needs of international startups, and believe they are different enough to warrant a program specifically for them. Over a three-month period, startups usually receive funding, networking and mentorship opportunities in Silicon Valley. 

We focus on investing in pre-seed and seed stage founders. Our bread-and-butter is investing in and supporting excellent founders who may just have an idea and a bare-bones MVP. We are sector-agnostic / generalists - we've done investments in all areas from BtoC to BtoB.

Our vision.

Innovation is everywhere, but you can’t afford not to be in Silicon Valley if you want to have a global impact in the digital space. Moving to the Valley, however, is a brutal process — competition is fierce, network is key, and time-to-market is of the essence.

Our mission is to provide foreign founders with an established network upon arrival — 200+ Silicon Valley mentors who have joined forces to select, advise, and invest in the world’s most promising startups. 

This unparalleled access — to key executives, entrepreneurs, investors, experts, business and technological leaders — makes The Refiners one of the most effective cross-border Seed Fund in the world.

 We've helped startups with founders from 14 countries today

Featured stories.

 THE REFINERS: FLEET #5 “PITCH NIGHT” (12.06.18)  Congratulations to  Fleet #5  for coming to Silicon Valley and crushing it last week at our final Pitch Night event for The Refiners Fund 1. Not only were their pitches great, but we had an amazing crowd of  220+   guests  in attendance (most ever). Thank you all for supporting The Refiners program! Happy holidays.

THE REFINERS: FLEET #5 “PITCH NIGHT” (12.06.18)

Congratulations to Fleet #5 for coming to Silicon Valley and crushing it last week at our final Pitch Night event for The Refiners Fund 1. Not only were their pitches great, but we had an amazing crowd of 220+ guests in attendance (most ever). Thank you all for supporting The Refiners program! Happy holidays.

Program videos.

Meet our alumni.

We already invested in 45 startups all over the world. We are proud to help them on a daily basis to become global startups and leaders in their field.