The Day One Fellowship
Build and grow a new business with a community of founders, mentors and investors
Talented, Diverse Founder Community | Hands-On Mentorship | World-Class Curriculum
Building a startup is hard.
We provide the support you need.
Never feel stuck, alone or stagnant
Stop relying on half-baked blog posts. Get hands-on guidance from mentors who are in the trenches with you and support from peers who have your back.
Tap into a built-in network
As a founder your first job is to have 100 meetings – with customers, industry insiders, investors… In the Day One Fellowship, you have that network at your fingertips.
Take the guesswork out of starting up.
What’s the best tool to build and launch your MVP? How do I find the right startup lawyer? Should I fundraise and from which VCs? Get real world advice and answers from experts who have been there before.
Don't break the bank or give away the store
We don’t require you to quit your job to join our Fellowship. We also don’t charge thousands of dollars or take 7% of your company. We offer a 10-week program for less than it would cost to hire a few of hours of coaching.
Grow your business FASTER
with help from early-stage experts
Rahul has over 20 years experience leading organizations in the private and social sector. He is also an active angel investor.
Alifya was previously a Venture Associate at Techstars where she helped screen applying startups and then worked one-on-one with founders during the program.
The Day One team has launched a dozen+ businesses, raised millions from top investors, and advised/invested in over 100 startups. This team will work with you on a day-to-day basis.
Real founders making real progress
DE-RISK your startup
with support from an unrivaled community
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, advise or teach within Day One.
Accelerate your progress over 10 weeks and then get Lifetime Access
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
Frequently Asked Questions
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 find support, tap into powerful networks, and accelerate their journey as they build is a fit.
If you haven’t yet focused into a specific idea, you are probably a better fit for Day Zero. If you feel you have found product-market fit, you’re probably a better fit for an accelerator. Anything in between those points is a great fit for the Day One Fellowship
Every application is reviewed by our team. If we think there is a good fit, we’ll invite you to an 30 minute interview. This informal interview is to get to know you and give you a chance to get to know us. We make almost all decisions after this first interview, within a couple of days.
At the start of the program you will be put into a small group of other Fellows and assigned a Day One Mentor-in-Residence as your coach.
Every week, you will be guided (and held accountable) by your coach to ship a project and get feedback. You will be given step-by-step playbooks to follow to take away the guesswork and have the support you need to ensure you don’t get stuck.
Each week you will also be able to attend office hours with experienced investors, founders, domain experts for small group working sessions and discussions.
This structure allows the flexibility to help you at whatever stage of the journey you are at.
Most accelerators have a business model which doesn’t charge anything upfront and instead takes a percentage of equity (4-7%). This dynamic leads them to focus on accepting companies only after they’ve proved themselves and results in acceptance rates of around 1%.
We have intentionally decided that we would be equity-free and instead charge a tuition fee of $1,399. There are two big advantages with this pricing model: 1) it ends up being less expensive for you in the long run. Equity might seem cheap now, but trust us once you start raising money you will be happy to have that extra 4-7%. 2) it allows us to help the earliest stage companies that aren’t yet ready for a traditional accelerator.
Our goal is to make the Fellowship accessible to anyone with the ambition to start something new, regardless of their situation.
If financial needs are holding you back from joining, please tell us during the application process – on a case by case basis we can provide discounts and payment plans.
Applications are always free, so don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about your circumstances.
Cohort 4 is launching June 6 and runs until August 13.
Cohort 5 is tentatively scheduled to launch mid July.
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