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Go from Designer to Founder

3 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Considering taking the leap? Learn how to de-risk the move, leverage your skills beyond design and craft a pitch that gets your idea funded.

Hosted by

Steph Golik

Product Design Manager turned VC-backed startup founder.

Course overview

Designer founders start here.

👋 Steph here – I'm a design leader and former Product Design Manager at Cruise. I founded Huddle in 2021 and have since raised over $3.5m. I believe designers are uniquely positioned to build the next wave of big, impactful companies.

I'm often asked by fellow designers about how to go about starting a company, what it's like to be a founder, and how to raise money. I've collected my insights into this 3-week sprint/course.

Beyond my teaching, this course is an opportunity to meet other designers that also have the entrepreneurial itch. We'll learn together and support each other's endeavors during this course and after.

If you've been thinking about starting a company on the side or are actively making moves, this course is for you.

Who is this course for


Ambitious designers that are exploring starting their own company.


Side-hustle designers ready to pursue an idea full-time.


Design leaders looking to be more entrepreneurial in their current role.

What you’ll get out of this course

Find the founder path that's right for you.

Explore the routes you can take, whether part-time or full-time, venture-backed or bootstrapped.

Craft a pitch that gets you funded.

Decide on the right funding route and create a pitch that takes your startup to the next level.

Lean into your design superpowers.

Discover how your own creative strengths and passions make you a powerhouse startup builder.

Step beyond design.

Learn about how to tackle the parts of company-building outside of product and design.

Live Lessons with a Designer Founder.

Each module is taught live by Steph with time for questions and roundtable discussions.

The next wave of designer founders

Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb @ Config 2023
Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb @ Config 2023
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Designers make great founders because they're naturally creative problem solvers, can tap into emotions and have taste.

Vision-to-reality is faster and sharper because there is less playing telephone.

What people are saying

        This is going to be epic. Cannot wait for this. 👏


Founding Designer at Maven, Founder @ Dive.club
        Steph is one of the very very best. I worked with her for two years – when I interviewed her I thought a whole team did the projects she personally did. Now she’s even more impressive as a founder!
Steph Engle

Steph Engle

Product Designer at Snapchat
        Go Steph Go! I've learned so much from ya, can't imagine all the gems in this course. ✨✨
Kyle Makishuk

Kyle Makishuk

Design Lead at Howl

Course schedule

3-4 hours per week
  • Live Modules with Q&A

    Tuesdays & Thursdays • 1pm - 2pm EST

    Steph will teach each module live, leaving time for Q&A. These will happen every Tuesday and Thursday.

  • Founder Roundtable

    Last Friday • 1 - 2pm EST

    The magic of a live cohort. To close out the course, put everything you've learned into action. We'll get together as a group and talk about where you landed and your next steps.

  • 1:1 Coaching Session (for early signup)

    30 min

    The first 5 people to sign up will receive a complimentary 30-min coaching session.

  • Weekly Journaling

    1-2 hours per week

    You'll be given weekly prompts related to the modules to apply the learnings yourself or your idea. These entries will help reflect, put the lessons into actions, and be a resource to you beyond this course.

Free resource

Raise your first round of funding

This is my personal guide for how to pitch your startup and raise capital as a designer founder. It's powered by my insights of raising over $3.5M with no natural network.

As part of my course "Go from Designer to Founder," I'll be advising other designers on how to take the leap to start their own company and raise capital. We'll go into more detail during the course, but you can use this guide to get started.

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Meet your instructor

Steph Golik

Steph Golik

Founder at Huddle

Meet Steph, a former Product Design Manager with over a decade of experience that is now the founder of Huddle and has raised over $3.5M in funding.

She's here to give real-life examples and insights on how to navigate the transition using design strengths and passion as a guide.

Course syllabus


The Designer Founder

Through examples and some self-exploration, we’ll explore how your own creative strengths and passions make you a powerhouse startup builder.


Taking the first steps

Take steps before you make the leap. Learn frameworks to sort out if you're pursuing the right idea and de-risk your move to start a company.


Craft your founder path

Discover the entrepreneurial paths you can take – each with different commitment levels, risk tolerance and business types.



Execution goes beyond design. Uncover what's outside of your expertise and how complementary teammates and tools can bridge the gap.


Designing a pitch

Learn how to know when your idea has legs and how to create both a pitch deck and strategy to get investors behind you.

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops with real-time Q&A.

Meet fellow future-founders

Learn alongside and collaborate with other designers beginning their entrepreneurial journeys too.

Get support along the way

Sign up early to get a free coaching session and use the cohort chat to get async support from your instructor and fellow learners.

Frequently Asked Questions

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