About Z Fellows
We pay you to skip class or your job for a week.
We’ll give you $10,000 to go all in on your project or idea for one week. Join a cohort of early technical thinkers and learn from some of Silicon Valley’s smartest mentors.
Currently accepting applications.
Example Daily Schedule
All sessions will be roughly 1 hour and we will have no more than two sessions per day. The remaining time is for you to work and meet the other Z Fellows.
Z Fellows Alumni
I was in my bedroom at home building Nucleus for more than a year. I dropped out of school. My parents looked at me like I was crazy. My friends looked at me like I was crazy. Society looked at me like I was crazy. I was losing my mind. I was a one man show in my bedroom. I texted Cory and several days later was accepted into Z Fellows and that changed everything. Today we’ve raised over $15M from the greatest investors on the planet - Founders Fund, 776, CEO of Allergan, etc. etc. I can not overstate the power of Z Fellows. It changes lives!
Z Fellows is an awesome opportunity to meet the first round of people who believe in you as much as you believe in yourself. Ended up fundraising from amazing investors, highly recommend!
When we first got into Z Fellows, we didn't know exactly what to expect. Before we knew it, we were on the phone with the founder of Tinder talking about our company! Cory has helped us immensely at every stage of the startup process and if you are starting a company, you would be foolish not to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.
There’s never been a better time to start a company than today and Z Fellows is the perfect place to start. It’s what got me started on my journey and has enabled me to get to where we are today building a product that has the potential to help millions of people with their mental health. Z Fellows plugged us in to an incredible network of young entrepreneurs and investors and ultimately connected us to General Catalyst who led our $3M seed round. I can’t say enough good things, and you should definitely apply!
If there’s one thing I’m most grateful for, it’s my past self taking a chance and applying to Z Fellows - Z Fellows changed my life! Here’s the thing, if you’ve been working on a side project or have even been thinking about working on something that you think has the potential to go to the next level, you should apply to Z Fellows. I did, and raised millions of dollars of funding from some fantastic angels and VCs - all thanks to the network, mentorship supplied by Z Fellows and Cory himself.
Cory and Z Fellows make any other startup accelerator, incubator look like a joke. While the others are "playing" startup and have 100+ companies each cohort, Z Fellows is adding tremendous value to you and your project. Minutes after speaking with Cory for the first time, he put us on the phone with the founder of Tinder and we talked to them about our company. Fast forward a year later, we talk to Cory almost everyday when it comes to team, product, and or fundraising advice.
Just a couple months ago, I was right here on this website applying to Z Fellows. I was based out of India with zero connections in the valley and no experience fundraising. Z Fellows became our first investor. Got a bunch of advice, intros, and connections. We just wrapped up an incredible $2M pre-seed round with the best investors globally. If you are working on something cool… doesn't matter what your age is…doesn't matter where you are based out of… go apply to Z Fellows! Take a bet on yourself!
I joined Z Fellows right after I started my company Vesto and it enabled me to raise my first round. Cory introduced me to countless investors. Enabled me to build a network of other awesome young founders. The mentors in the Z Fellows program are amazing. I'd recommend every founder to apply if you are looking to start a company or have started a company. Z Fellows is amazing!
Z Fellows hand holds you through the startup world, while you can lock in and focus on what you want to build. Cory has connected us with hundreds of people and jumps to help at any situation. We were able to go from not having any venture funding prior to Z Fellows, to going through the program and raising our Series A in under 6 months.
In one of the most difficult fundraising environments, we just closed our $2.3M pre-seed round. And all of the coaching, the networking, the introductions can all be directly traced back to Z Fellows, to Cory, and to the Z Fellows alumni.
I’m Nik. I’m 19. I did Z Fellows just a few months ago and have since met my co-founder, raised a $4.2M pre-seed. If you are young and ambitious and really serious about what you are doing highly recommend you to apply to Z Fellows!
I continue to be excited about the opportunity, mentorship, and community Z Fellows offers two years into my startup journey. I then went on to raise a $14M+ Series A from General Catalyst.
Z Fellow Alumni Are Backed With Millions By Top Investors
Who can apply?
Incoming, current, and recent undergraduate and graduate students... there's no age restriction though.
What’s the timeline?
Applications are being reviewed now. We run multiple batches every year. Apply and you'll be considered for the next one.
If you've been rejected before, you can re-apply now. We encourage it :).
Do I need to drop out or quit my job?
Do I need a team to apply?
No. You can apply solo or with a team.
Do you take equity in my company?
It's up to you. You can participate without money or we can give you a $10,000 investment at a $1B valuation cap.
You can tell your friends your company is worth $1B ;).
This $10,000 investment will convert into stock at your next priced round.
Do I need to have a company?
No. We can help you set up one.
Where do I have to be based?
Anywhere. This program is virtual.
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