Learn how to start a company.

The Day One Fellowship is a virtual program and global community for current and future founders. Learn from world-class entrepreneurs and investors, connect with collaborators and co-founders, and jumpstart your journey as an entrepreneur. 

Membership Fee — $1,499 / Year
Next Cohort Launch — early July, 2022
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Day One Fellows have
launched startups like these:

Entrepreneurship is Incredibly Hard

There are so many hurdles to success. You have to be an expert in dozens of areas. You have to navigate ambiguity, loneliness, and shrug off setbacks daily. And you have to climb steep learning curves and make magic happen almost daily - new customers, new hires, new partnerships, new investors…

We looked around and couldn’t find a place where entrepreneurs have the opportunity to explore without pressure, learn what they really need to know, connect and build a network, and get the advice and guidance to build successful businesses.

So we built that. That’s the Day One Fellowship.

Hear from Fellows in their own words

"I'm obsessed with the @DayOneD1 community that @AWHutton is building! Such a strong network of founders and such fun & elegant programming. So glad that I joined the second cohort and can't wait to see what they have in store for the future 🎉"

"I've been building my startup, while working a part time role on the side, for just over a year now. What I found most valuable about Day One throughout this journey was the continued access to the community. Even though my cohort ended over a year ago, I still turn to the community for advice, guidance and a sounding board for my venture. Having someone by your side as you go from idea, to prototype, to MVP, to launch is invaluable."



Co-founder Exclusible

"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!​"

A look into the Fellowship

The Day One Fellowship is a community where entrepreneurs are learning, connecting, and accelerating together.

As a member of the Fellowship, you’ll join cohort-based sprints that are tailored to your specific stage and needs - so you meet founders, mentors and investors who are perfectly suited to help you, and you’ll gain the knowledge you need to push you forward.

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what you get
as a fellow

Grow your

Gain access to a curated community of builders and network with hundreds of entrepreneurs. Find co-founders, investors, customers, and more.

Become a
better founder

Join Sprints, facilitated by the best builders and investors on the planet, on topics like exploring ideas, branding, and fundraising - and level up as a founder while pushing your business forward.

level up

Access content, tools, and resources anytime. Tap into the community with questions and get answers from people who are solving the same challenges. Join weekly events to go deep on specific topics and questions.

Access Exclusive Partnerships

Tap into our network of VC funds, accelerators, studios, agencies, and players across the startup ecosystem. We open doors to opportunities that don’t exist elsewhere.

Save thousands of dollars

We provide discounts on the tools that you’ll need to launch a new business, from Notion to Airtable to AWS.

Learn from the world’s best
entrepreneurs and investors

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A deeper look at the fellowship
the kickoff: 4 WEEKS
Get connected and fully equipped.
Think of the first 4 weeks as “orientation”. All new fellows will get a full rundown of the community, make a ton of new connections, and have access to a myriad of speaker sessions. At the end of the kickoff, you’ll be broken into either the Explore Track or the Build Track.
explorer track: 6 weeks
Find a direction and an idea.
If you’re not a founder (yet) but you want to learn, level up your entrepreneurial skills, meet founders, and explore new ideas, this track is for you. You might be looking for your next big idea, or looking to join an early team, or even looking to build a network of collaborators.
Researching Potential Customers
Speed Networking
guest speaker
Investor AMA with Haley Bryant and Kate McGinn
builder track: 6 weeks
Start building the right way.
If you’re an early stage founder and want to invest in your personal development, build your network, and tap into new partnerships, this track is for you. Fellows will learn how to properly conduct customer research, design a profitable business model, create a minimum viable test, and more.
How and When to Incorporate
Speed Networking with Angels
guest speaker
Alt-VC Office Hour with Tyler Tringas
lifelong community
grow your business and your career.
You’ll have lifelong access to our daily community events, network of entrepreneurs, partners, investors, and studios, and our growing library of content, tools, and perks.
personalized guidance and accountability.
Find the right coach for you, and work directly with them weekly to develop personalized goals and a growth plan to launch and grow your business the right way.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

The Day One Fellowship is designed for both early-stage entrepreneurs as well as entrepreneurial people who are exploring their next move. 


It doesn’t matter if you are building a small business, a venture-scale startup, a side hustle, or anything in between. We’ve designed the programming and curated the community to support entrepreneurs of all types.


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


Day One Fellows come from across industries – tech, banking, consulting, marketing and media, consumer goods, food and beverage, and many more. Past Day One Fellows 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 it cost?

The Day One Fellowship is a membership with a fee of $1,499 per year. 

The membership fee can be paid in a lump sum or 3 equal installments, starting when you accept your offer.

Do you have a refund policy?

Yes! We’re so confident that the Fellowship is a powerful and effective way for founders to accelerate that we’ve instituted a 30-day money back guarantee. If you’re finding the program isn’t a fit or isn’t working for you, you have until 30 days after the Fellowship kicks off to request a full refund.

What does a typical week look like?

A typical week depends on whether or not you’re participating in a Track.


If you’re active in a Track, a typical week includes 2-3 sessions, all focused around a specific topic. These are designed to be more intensive. After a Track, you’ll be buzzing with inspiration, fresh ideas, new tools to utilize, and you should transition into a steadier pace of execution… until your next Track.


If you’re not active in a Track, then there’s still likely something happening almost every day, but everything is designed to be optional. You could attend an AMA session with an experienced founder or investor. You could attend an Office Hour session with a member of the Day One coaching team. Or you could attend a feedback and working session to show off your latest progress and get ideas for your peers.

What is the time commitment?

During a Track, you’re likely going to spend about 3-5 hours a week either in live sessions or working on specific projects. Outside of Tracks, you might spend 2-3 hours in live sessions during a week, but also might spend more time connecting 1:1 and tapping the community asynchronously. 

Much of the Fellowship is a “get out what you put in” experience, and those who learn the most are the most active and intentional about being a member of the community.

Is the Fellowship remote?

Yes, we’ve designed everything in the Fellowship 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.

What happens after 1 year?

After 1 year, you’ll have the opportunity to renew your membership and continue accessing the community, sprints, events, resources and partnerships.

What is the time commitment?

The VaynerX incubator is designed to be a part time program. The time commitment can range from 10-20 hours per week, depending on factors including your availability and the projects selected for you.

Can I apply if I have a full time job?

Yes, but please be aware that you’ll need to dedicate significant time around your work schedule to participate.

Can I apply if I’m already working on my own startup?

Yes, but the VX incubator is designed to identify talent for the next VaynerX portfolio company. If you are far enough into your venture that you wouldn’t leave for the chance to work with Gary, then the VXI isn’t for you at this time.

Where is this located?

Much of the program will happen virtually, but certain meetings and assignments will require being in NYC. We also prefer candidates in or near NYC as future opportunities within VaynerX are centered there.

Who will I be working with?

The roster of VaynerX executives who will lead sessions and projects will be put together closer to the launch of the program, and will take into account the experience and interests of the selected candidates.

Is there a stipend?

Yes, we value your time and contribution during this program. The stipend will be scaled up or down depending on the availability of each selected candidate.

What is the interview process like?

We will hold 1-2 rounds of interviews before a final round with Gary himself. You will be informed promptly if not selected for each round.

Learn more about Day One

Join us at an upcoming Open House to ask questions and get to know the team.

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Apply to join the community today. The next cohort kicks off on July 11, 2022.

Access to Day One is $1,499/year. Payment plans available.
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