Cloudflare’s “Workers Launchpad” Funding Program Grows to $2 Billion, Announces First Cohort of Startups
Funding program grows to 40 venture capital firms; first cohort of entrepreneurs building on
“When we set out to debut the Workers Launchpad, we were aiming for
The Cloudflare Workers Launchpad funding program initially launched in
New venture partners include:
8VC: “We’re extremely excited to be backing the next generation of founders building at the edge on top of
Cloudflare Workers. At 8VC, we partner with founders to build transformational technologies that create long-term value for the economy and society as a whole. We believe that serverless infrastructure will enable a new generation of transformational technologies in the area of multi-modal, data and AI driven applications,” said Bhaskar Ghosh(BG), Partner and CTO at 8VC.
AirTree: "AirTree partners with
Australia and New Zealand'stop founders, right from the start. Seeing enterprises like Cloudflaredeliver value to startups developing on the next generation in edge computing is only a win for the global tech ecosystem, and enables founders to focus on what matters most: building category-defining companies,” said John Henderson, Partner at AirTree.
Alumni Ventures: "We're looking to back the next wave of innovative entrepreneurs and businesses. We believe the Cloudflare Workersplatform will be a critical component for founders as they build innovative apps and products. We're thrilled to be partnering with Cloudflareon this initiative,” said Wesley Yiu, Senior Principal at Alumni Ventures.
B Capital: “Workers provides the technology and infrastructure to founders excited to build next generation products, and B Capitalis proud to work alongside of these great innovators to provide insights and capital to grow in a bold way from the start,” said Karen Page, General Partnerat B Capital.
Benhamou Global Ventures: “The next generation of apps will be built in a distributed way and at the edge to meet the consumer demands of latency, performance, and scale. We are excited to partner with the Cloudflare Workers Fundand support the entrepreneurs building this next wave of enterprise startups,” said Yash Hemaraj, Partner at BGV.
Chamaeleon: “At Chamaeleon, we look forward to collaborating with
Cloudflare'sWorkers Launchpad, by bringing the firm, our unique quant & tech platform, and our #KIN members to the forefront of our value-add to this pioneering ecosystem,” said Nuno Goncalves Pedro, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Chamaeleon.
Conversion Capital: “The Cloudflare Workers platform provides the building blocks to usher in a new era of serverless infrastructure, which is drastically reshaping large parts of the global economy run on software. We are excited to partner with Cloudflareand help accelerate this transition,” said Christian Lawless, General Partnerat Conversion Capital.
Counterpoint Global (Morgan Stanley): “We have a culture of continued learning and long-term thinking, and are uniquely positioned to partner with like-minded companies over the course of their lifecycle. Given Workers’ incredible innovation platform, we are excited to support the next generation of businesses emerging from Cloudflare’s dynamic and growing ecosystem,” said
Dennis Lynch, Head of Counterpoint Global (Morgan Stanley).
GGV: “We’ve been amazed by how quickly the Workers ecosystem has blossomed and are already seeing some of the most innovative founders we know building serverless products on top of or closely tied into
Cloudflare. As more startups look to build on Workers from day one, we’re very excited about supporting the ecosystem,” said Dan Cahana, Investor at GGV Capital.
IGNIA: “IGNIA’s focus of partnering with world-class tech entrepreneurs in
Latin Americaaims to ensure the best technology can scale in and out of the region. Cloudflare Workers’ ability to have code running in minutes around the world gives so much potential to the entrepreneurs we want to see succeed,” said Alvaro Rodríguez Arregui, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at IGNIA.
Kleiner Perkins: "For five decades, Kleiner Perkinshas partnered with founders at the earliest stages of company formation. Many of these companies were enabled by advances in computing, from the PC, to mobile, to cloud. The Cloudflare Workers Launchpad program stands to advance the next wave - serverless computing. We're excited to be a part of the global platform they are building to support builders in this rapidly growing ecosystem,” said Bucky Moore, Partner, Kleiner Perkins.
Nauta Capital: “Thrilled to partner with Cloudflareon this Workers Launchpad Funding Program. Nauta Capitalhas been keenly following the technology disruptions in enterprise infrastructure software for decades, and developers are increasingly interested in spending time on the 'core problem', leaving infrastructure to be handled for them. Cloudflareprovides a powerful platform for some of these new ideas to take shape,” said Pratima Aiyagari, Venture Partner at Nauta Capital.
Primary VC: “At Primary, we love building with founders from the ground up.
Cloudflare Workershas the performance and scale that founders need to build a category-defining company and we're eager to partner with the teams using this powerful platform,” said Brian Schechter, Partner at Primary VC.
Unusual Ventures: “Founders want to focus on creating products that matter. To do that, they need partners and infrastructure that allow them to efficiently run secure, scalable applications. That's why we're excited to partner with Cloudflareon Workers Launchpad: to enable founders and teams with the tools they need to reach product-market fit and beyond," said Wei Lien Dang, General Partnerat Unusual Ventures.
Introducing the Workers Launchpad’s Fall 2022 Cohort
"Apyfy aims to provide a privacy firewall that solves data privacy challenges in the health care, financial service and ecommerce industries. We use
Cloudflare Workersand Durable Objects to enable privacy-preserving computation across a global network. Cloudflarealso solves our customers' data sovereignty and data residency requirements while providing massive compute power, and minimal latency,” said John Childs-Eddy, Cofounder of Apyfy.
"Grafbase is the easiest way to build and deploy GraphQL backends. We set out with
Cloudflarethanks to their global network and serverless FaaS platform without cold starts, with the goal to simplify and speed up backend development for frontend and mobile developers," said Fredrik Björk, Founder and CEO of Grafbase.
“We’ve been blown away by the engagement and excitement the venture capital firms have shown when they saw the caliber of applicants,” said
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Earlier this week,
To learn more, please check out the resources below:
Blog: Announcing the first Workers Launchpad cohort and growth of the program to
- To apply to the Winter 2023 cohort, visit the Workers Launchpad page
- Blog: Announcing the Workers Launchpad Funding Program
- Blog: The Cloudflare Startup Plan, v2.0
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