Mentorship at Day One

Join a community of early-stage startup champions that are lifting up founders and each other

The Day One Mentor Community is a thoughtful and curated group of experienced founders, operators, investors and experts who guide and support early-stage business builders. Our aim is to curate a diverse, talented group of entrepreneurial veterans who can guide and support the next generation. Along the way, we want this community to be as impactful for you as a mentor as it is for the Day One Fellows.

Apply today to help guide the next generation of entrepreneurs

Why become a Day One Mentor?

Support the next generation of entrepreneurs...

Less than 1% of entrepreneurs are VC backed… at Day One we support the 99%. And as a Day One mentor, you will too. 

These entrepreneurs are at the most formative stages and all too often are on the outside looking into the “established” ecosystem. We’re opening up access to resources, learning, communities… and yes, amazing mentors like yourself.

...and level up yourself

As part of the Day One Mentor Community, you’ll build relationships with the most active members of the early-stage startup community. 

We host mentor dinners where you get to meet, connect and learn from your peers. We’ve reserved a portion of our virtual community platform just for mentors. And you never know what you’ll learn just from engaging with the amazing entrepreneurs who join Day One.

If you are...

An individual who is excited about working with early stage business builders

An investor who invests in early stage companies

Someone who loves learning about new businesses

A small business founder who has been on the entrepreneurial journey

An industry or functional expert who gets excited about knowledge sharing with the next generation of entrepreneurs

Then we want to plug you into our growing community!

Day One Mentors love their experience


The typical commitment from mentors is hosting a one-hour session, once a quarter. These sessions vary depending on your expertise and how you’d like to plug in!

After completing the application form, you’ll be directed to book a call with our Platform Lead, Alifya! In that 15 minute call we’ll answer all your questions and lock down how to best plug you in. Once you’re in, you’ll be invited to join our mentor community platform, and gain access to chat with others in the mentor community and all the perks we have curated for you.

Yes! We make this experience a win-win. You share your insight and knowledge with founders and we support you with your goals. You’ll be invited to connect 1:1 with peer Mentors, you’ll receive exclusive invites to our quarterly dinners + IRL events, and we’ll go out of our way to help you connect with the right people and promote what you’re working on.