A founder fellowship designed for you
So you can build momentum, overcome inertia, and blast through your next milestone
1:1 guidance and accountability from experienced startup mentors
Step-by-step playbooks that take the guesswork out of building a startup
Community of talented founders who support and cheer you on
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The Day One Fellowship is a 10-week, cohort-based program and community designed for early-stage founders.
Starting a business is hard. Don’t do it alone. Join top founders in a tight-knit community that has your back and propels you forward. Tap into a network of hundreds of founders, investors and expert operators.
Hands-on guidance that takes away the guesswork. Receive coaching and advice from experienced mentors in 1:1 and group coaching settings. Follow proven, step-by-step playbooks created at world-class venture studios.
Avoid rookie mistakes. Save yourself time, money and heartache with advice from experienced operators and investors. Every week we host closed door sessions with mentors who focus on you and shorten your path to getting it right.
After 10 weeks...
What's going on inside
Expert led workshops that teach startup fundamentals, alongside Fellow-led workshops that unpack the leading edge of what’s new.
Follow step-by-step playbooks to guide you as you ship projects every week – go further and deeper with peers and experts to guide you.
Every week, Fellows give and receive feedback on projects and discuss learnings together. Grow while accelerating forward.
Opt in to small groups that collaborate together and keep you on track.
Informal working session with experienced founders & operators from the Day One network.
Fellows receive 1:1 guidance and coaching from Day One Mentors and coaches.
Virtual community is hard, but we make it easy to meet your peers and grow your network.
Pitch top tier VCs and get live feedback and advice multiple times throughout the program.
Intimate talks with investors, founders and folks who have startup stories to share.
April 25th-July 2nd
Who is The Day One Fellowship for?
The Day One Fellowship is for early-stage founders who have an idea and direction, but haven’t yet found product-market fit yet.
Day One is for founders building all kinds of business. Whether you’re VC backed or bootstrapped or something in between, Day One is here for all the different entrepreneurial journeys – especially if you’re not sure.
Day One Fellows come from the world's top companies:
Mentors & Speakers
Learn from serial founders who have achieved $1B exits and investors who manage $50M+ venture funds. These are just a few of the founders, operators and investors who guide, support, advise or teach within Day One.
Brooklyn Bridge Ventures
Founder & CEO,
Summit. CEO of Bisnow
Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO
Fmr Hedge Fund Manager
backed by Millennium Management
Lisa Nicole Bell
Behind The Brilliance
Beatriz del Rio
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Hands on, 1:1 coaching from mentors
Facilitated peer-group sessions
Tight-knit cohort of world-class founders
Live pitch practice and feedback from VCs
Closed door office hour sessions, talks and workshops w/ experienced Mentors
Participate in investor + mentor showcase
Library of all past and future recorded sessions
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April 25th-July 2nd
Satisfaction guaranteed. If you find that Day One doesn’t meet your expectations, we will issue you a 100% refund no questions asked. If price is a challenge, ask us about payment plans, and be sure to apply for a Grasshopper Grant.
Application takes less than 10 minutes.
Real people making real progress
Our name is Day One for a reason, so you can’t be too early in your entrepreneurial journey. Because we provide 1:1 guidance that takes into account your context, and have developed playbooks for the common fundamentals of building a startup, almost every founder who is looking to accelerate, expand their network, find support, and learn is a fit.
Day One is also a fit for entrepreneurs who are building all kinds of businesses – whether that’s a venture-backed startup, a bootstrapped business, a side hustle, an agency, or anything in between. The early days are a special kind of hard and we’re focused on helping founders navigate these treacherous waters when they need the most support.
We try to infer through your application the slope of your (personal) growth curve. We are far more concerned with your drive to learn and motivation than we are with your years of professional experience. Do you take (and seek out) feedback? Do you understand that feedback is what makes you better (even if it is sometimes hard to hear)? Do you realize that entrepreneurship is a marathon and not a sprint? Do you value community and strive to contribute as much as you receive? We are looking for people who answer yes to these questions. As you can imagine, it isn’t always easy to infer this from a written application. Don’t overthink the application – just keep these things in mind.
Every application is reviewed by our team. If we think there’s potential to be a great Day One Fellow, we’ll invite you to a 30 minute interview where we’ll look to get to know you beyond the application, and give you a chance to get to know us and ask questions. We make almost all decisions after this first interview, within a couple weeks of applying.
We suggest reserving 5-10 hours a week to make the most of the program. You’ll want to make time for sessions like workshops, office hours, mentor sessions, networking events and talks, as well as time to work on your business and connect 1:1 with your peers.
The program is designed to be flexible and no session is must-attend. Many Fellows work full time and do this program on the side, while others are busy building full time. If a busy week comes up and you have to prioritize elsewhere, you’ll be able to catch recordings of sessions, collaborate asynchronously, and get back to live sessions the following week. And in the end, if you find that the workload is too heavy, you can always defer to a later program or get a refund.
Yes! Even before the pandemic made virtual communities a must, Day One was designed to be virtual so that we could extend support and opportunity wherever we could find entrepreneurs… meaning, everywhere. When local activities come back, we’re excited to build local chapters, but for now, Day One is fully virtual.
Yes! Here is how it works. The first founder pays full price. Any other founder after that (up to three) pays 50%.
Yes. Our goal is to make the Fellowship accessible to anyone with the ambition to start something new, regardless of their situation.
We’re proud to partner with Grasshopper Bank to provide a limited number of partial scholarships, based on need. If the ability to pay is holding you back, please apply (applications are always free) and then apply for a Grasshopper Grant. We don’t consider ability to pay in our application process.
After the 10 week program, you’ll continue to be a part of the growing and vibrant Day One Fellowship Alumni community. Inside this community, you’ll be able to connect with Fellows from every cohort, and access all the content we produce, playbooks we create and the sweet, sweet perks we aggregate for you. You’ll also get access to talks and events just for Fellowship alumni.
Day One was first conceived by Andrew Hutton while he was launching new startups at Human Ventures, a startup studio. During the spring of 2020, as a pandemic was setting in, the thesis behind Day One came together: create a virtual community for early stage founders that was focused equally on bringing people together AND guiding/pushing/accelerating them through their entrepreneurial journey. The question Andrew was trying to answer was “how can we scale a venture studio, what would that look like?” The answer is Day One. Shortly thereafter, Rahul Brahmbhatt joined as co-founder and COO, and the rest is history. Together, Andrew and Rahul have advised hundreds of founders and supported and invested in dozens of businesses. With Day One, the mission is to support thousands more.