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"I highly recommend Day One and their superstar team. If you are an entrepreneur looking for a strong and supportive community to help you go from zero to 1, then this is the place for you!"
Formerly CEO, Bastide - Cohort 1 Alumni
More than a course. More than a community. More like a CrossFit gym - kicking your butt and holding your hand while you build and grow.
Day One is an 8-week, cohort based program designed for idea-stage founders.
Starting a business is hard. Don't do it alone.
Join talented founders from across the globe who are building alongside you. Surround yourself with experienced, successful mentors. Find your tribe and set yourself up for a long run of success.
Take away the guesswork. Follow a proven playbook
Follow a company-building playbook created at world-class venture studios. Receive tactical guidance while you put the playbook into action. We've removed the fluff so you can hone fundamental company-building skills.
Time is Money.
Avoid Rookie Mistakes.
Save yourself time, money and heartache with answers and advice from experts. Attend weekly mentor sessions, office hours, pitch reviews and peer collaborations to level up while you get down to work.
Who is Day One for?
There are three good ways to answer that question.
Day One is designed for idea-stage founders who haven’t hit product-market fit yet. You can be right at the starting line, or somewhere in the messy middle. Day One will help you accelerate forward.
Day One is for doers only. Couch Potatoes need not apply. The best Fellows are those who are collaborative and want to build momentum by being a part of a community.
Day One is for founders building both venture backed and non-venture businesses. In fact we have a soft spot in our heart for founders exploring and building bootstrapped, profitable businesses.
"Day One is high touch, unlike any other program out there. We would share what we're working on, share the challenges that we're facing, and get feedback and ideas from the group and mentors and solve the problems together. That's been incredible as we build this new venture. I would definitely recommend Day One to any person who's thinking about becoming an entrepreneur."
- Berta Argente, Business Designer at Polymath Ventures, Cohort 1 Alumni
"I'm amazed at the depth and breadth of experience across the cohort. Day One did an amazing job at gathering a diverse, inspiring group of entrepreneurs and mentors."
- James Clements, Founder, Old Friends, Cohort 1 Alumni
"I came to Day One with the goal to really learn how to do customer discovery the right way, and to be able to know if I was working on something that people wanted - because I think you can spin your wheels trying to solve a problem that nobody really cares about. And with Day One, I was able to learn from both my peers and experts and come away knowing "this is what we're going to do."
- Julia Hutchins, Founder, Bell Bird, Formerly co-founder, Apostrophe Health, Cohort 1 Alumni
"I love having such a great community to lean on. Although it's giving me the classic existential crisis - did I really need to go to MIT? Day One is more than enough!"
- MIT Sloan MBA Student, Cohort 1 Alumni
Day One Mentors and speakers have $1b exits under their belts, are serial entrepreneurs, and manage $100m+ funds. Here are just a few of the founders, operators and investors who guide, support, advise and teach within Day One.
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Flagship startup-building curriculum
Collaborate daily with tight-knit cohort of world-class founders
Active guidance from mentors and investors
Weekly expert-led workshops and talks
Participate in investor + mentor showcase
+ lifetime community membership
Lifetime Community Membership
Connect to fellows across all cohorts through fellow-only Slack + directory
Monthly speakers and workshops
Connections across Day One network
Access to library of recorded sessions
Templates, tools and resource library
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Day One is Better Together
After the first paying fellow, each co-founder from a single startup team will receive a 50% discount. Applicable for up to 3 co-founders. Apply individually and note in the application who your co-founders are.
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Join Day One with a friend and each of you will receive $150 off the cost of tuition. Apply individually and note in the application who you are applying with.
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