5 Free Business Networking Apps to Find Collaboration Partners and Startup Founders

These free business networking apps are great for finding clients, partners, and even startup founders.

Rajitha Reddy

10 Dec, 2020

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Business networking has changed dramatically since the emergence of the global pandemic, and is expected to remain this way as the new normal.

With international travel being restricted between countries, entrepreneurs from all over the world have resorted to using online networking apps/platforms to strike deals and raise funds instead of attending physical events and conferences.

While nothing beats a handshake, many of these free online platforms have become the next best tool to find clients, form partnerships, and learn new skills.

Below are 5 free business networking apps we've identified that could make networking and collaborations a whole lot easier:

1. Shapr

The Shapr App

Shapr is a business matching app that works similar to Tinder, an online dating/matchmaking app.

Upon creating a free account, the app will recommend a list of professionals to connect with for business.

Users simply need to "swipe right" if they are interested in connecting with a particular person, or "swipe left" to skip to the next person.

Similar to Tinder, if both users "swipe right", they will then be able to exchange messages with each other.

2. CoFoundersLab

CoFoundersLab official website.

CoFoundersLab is a platform with a total network of over 40,000 entrepreneurs, advisors, and interns.

The website functions as an online directory of entrepreneurs, where visitors can easily filter through a vast list of people they may want to partner with.

Creating an account is free of charge, and users can contact up to 5 "potential" co-founders per month on the free plan. 

3. StartHawk

StartHawk official website to find co-founders.

StartHawk works just similar to other business matching platforms with a focus on helping people find a co-founder.

Users are able to create a free account and populate it with some basic information on their professional background, and the system will aim to match the most relevant candidates with you.

Upon matching, users can exchange messages with each other and form new partnerships or collaborations.

4. Meetup

The Meetup app.

Meetup is a free app to find events based on specific interests, including tech, sports, music, creativity, and more.

While it is not primarily a business-focused app, it is used by millions of professionals and business people from all over the world.

The app also has a "chat" functionality, allowing participants of events to exchange messages with each other.

5. FoundersNation 

FoundersNation official website to find startup co-founders.

FoundersNation is a simple website that serves as a directory to browse through people who are looking for co-founders or interested in becoming a co-founder.

Users simply log in using their Facebook account, create a free profile, and they can begin forming professional connections with other members on the platform.

The platform also goes a step further by adding useful filters that allow users to narrow down their search preferences to a specific geographic location or skillsets.

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