entrepreneurship is hard. we make sure you're up to the challenge.
Day One is where founders and future founders find the education, coaching, and community they need to level up and push their businesses forward.
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We're living in the golden age of entrepreneurship. Never before have so many people jumped into the arena to build something new.

But at the same time, the life of an entrepreneur has never been more lonely, confusing and frustrating - especially when you're bootstrapping or just starting out.

That's where Day One comes in. We're your personal support system, coach, mentor, and community. We've built an entrepreneurial ecosystem that's actually designed for you.

It's time someone changed how the world starts new startups. Welcome to Day One.
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No two entrepreneurial journeys are the same. So we created the most hands-on, personalized founder program you can find. And for those who need lighter weight option, we're developing courses and offer access to our community.
the day one fellowship
4 week intensive + 8 weeks in a mastermind group
Hands on and personalized programming meets highly curated community. The Fellowship is designed for founders who want to lean all the way in and level up rapidly.
  • Learn how to build and launch new ventures from a playbook that has launched dozens of startups and was crafted at a top-tier venture studio.
  • Refine and validate your idea through small group and 1:1 mentor sessions.
  • Cut through the ambiguity of what to focus on next, and make huge progress toward validating your idea and finding product-market fit.
  • Surround yourself with a diverse group of cross-sector entrepreneurs.
  • Deliver a demo-day ready 3 minute pitch in front of founders, operators, investors and mentors in the Day One Showcase.
An intense four-week bootcamp-style program where you will:
  • Learn how to build and launch new ventures from a playbook that has launched dozens of startups and was crafted at a top-tier venture studio.
  • Refine and validate your idea through small group and 1:1 mentor sessions.
  • Cut through the ambiguity of what to focus on next, and build a personalized action plan for validating your idea and finding product-market fit.
  • Surround yourself with a diverse group of cross-sector entrepreneurs.
  • Deliver a demo-day ready 3 minute pitch in front of hundreds of others founders, operators, and mentors in the Day One community.
The Day One Fellowship is perfect for you if you:
  • Can attend Zoom sessions on T, W, Th at 12 pm ET and make time for additional coaching and networking sessions.
  • Have 5-8 hours a week on evenings and weekends to work on Day One.
  • Are ready to invest in building your entrepreneurial knowledge and networks.
  • Want to get personalized coaching from a diverse group of startup coaches
day one courses
Self-directed learning + access to community
We’ve taken insights and knowledge from veteran startup builders and created video courses that will help you level up on skills and knowledge - while granting you access to the Day One Community.
Some of the Day One Courses you can sign up for are:
  • Hear directly from some of the top business leaders at VaynerX in the Leadership and Operations Course.
  • Learn about the Essentials of No Code / Side Hustle Business Models
  • Access the venture building playbook we share during the Fellowship in the Idea Validation and Finding PMF Course.
Day One Courses are perfect for you if you:
  • Prefer a self-directed course experience.
  • Love listening to podcasts and discussions.
  • Aren’t yet in a position to spend $2,499 on a more intensive course.
  • Are excited to engage with community members in the Day One Slack.
  • Want to gain insights in a specific subject area and know where you need to level up
the day one community
Regardless of whether you join The Day One Fellowship or take a Day One Course - you are now a member of the Day One Community. As a member of our global community, you’ll continue to receive ongoing community benefits, such as:
  • Being part of a diverse, accomplished network of more than 600 entrepreneurs, mentors, and advisors from around the US and around the world.
  • Weekly founder and mentor matching tools and sessions for 1:1 and small group networking.
  • Access to more than $100,000 in redeemable perks from partners and tools like Brex, Airtable, Notion, AWS, Google Cloud, to name a few.
  • Access to the Day One Video library with speakers from Bubble, The Fund, etc.
  • Discounts to any subsequent Day One courses or bootcamps.
  • Invitations to future IRL Day One events and meetups.
  • An opportunity to become a Day One Ambassador.
Entrepreneurship is not one-size-fits-all.  As an entrepreneur, you have the opportunity to define what success looks like to you.  We are here to answer questions and help expose blind spots as you continue to evolve and grow as an entrepreneur - not to force-fit you into an outcome that’s not aligned with your goals and objectives.  Day One fellows go on to become better and well-connected entrepreneurs that look like any of the below outcomes.
Build a thriving side-hustle
Grow A Profitable Small Business
Join a Venture Accelerator
Raise Capital From VC's
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Every week we send actionable insights and advice for how to be a better founder. We pull lessons, real stories, tools and more from the community and send them to you. The easiest way to become a better builder.
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Jeff Danko
“This community has been like supervision over the decision making of my business, and it’s been tremendously positive and huge in value. I’ve decided to defer on Columbia University - my attention and electricity is all on the biz!”
Grace Duong
Founder at Mystic Mondays
"I feel more confident in running my business, transitioning from a founder to CEO, and understanding the valuation of my company. Had I not joined Day One, I'd still be questioning my proper valuation, not sure what is a fair investor offer, and continue to go in circles in my own head."
Laura Rubin
Founder at Nurture & Herbalist
“It was really helpful for me to have this sense of structure and regularity, where it can be isolating as a Founder, it's nice to be in a creative space with other entrepreneurial folks.”
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Who should join the Day One Fellowship?

The Day One Fellowship is designed for early-stage entrepreneurs who are navigating the idea maze. We focus on helping you validate and refine your business idea, whether you are planning to raise venture capital or bootstrap a sustainable small business.


You don’t need to be full time on your startup, in fact many – if not most – Day One Members have day jobs or other responsibilities.


Day One Members come from across industries – tech, banking, consulting, marketing and media, consumer goods, food and beverage, and many more. Past Day One Members have come from leading startups like Talkspace and Notarize, tech companies like Apple and Facebook, consulting firms like Accenture and Bain, and so many more top tier companies.


What we do expect of all Day One Fellows is curiosity, an attitude to share and give (advice, ideas, connections), and a willingness to mentor as well as be a mentee. These attitudes are what make the Day One community strong, and allow us to select growth-minded people who believe in winning together.

How much does the Day One Fellowship cost?

The Day One Fellowship currently costs $2,499. We offer payment plans to spread the cost over 3 payments.

What does a typical week look like?

A typical week in the Day One Fellowship includes 3-4 live sessions, scheduled from Tuesday to Thursday, ranging from workshops, expert AMAs, community sessions and mentor office hours. On top of that, you'll have 1:1 coaching sessions at days/times that work for your schedule, and we highly encourage you to connect and collaborate with your peers in 1:1 sessions you set up for yourself.

After the cohort end, you'll have lifetime access to the Day One community and resources, so any given week could look like ongoing networking, attending community calls, and leveraging tools and resources to build your business.

Are the events remote?

Yes, we’ve designed everything in Day One to be virtual. This allows us to reach entrepreneurs wherever they are in the world. 

We do love to host in person gatherings and informal events in cities where we have critical mass, and we always encourage Fellows to meet up whenever possible.

Can I join if I have a full time job?

Yes, of course! Many Day One Fellows work full-time jobs and are exploring entrepreneurship or building their business on the side.

What is the time commitment?

To get the most out of the Fellowship, we recommend you spend 4-8 hours per week engaging in the program and with the community. We've designed the intensity of the Fellowship to work for folks with a full time job, although you'll likely need some flexibility to make all the live sessions.

About 70% of events and sessions will be between 11am-2pm ET. About 30% of sessions will be at other times.  All sessions are recorded if you miss anything.

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