We support overlooked talent in building venture-backed tech companies from scratch.

Through a virtual-first fellowship program, Visible Hands provides company-building services and investments of up to $200k to underrepresented talent.

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Our Fellowship


weeks fully dedicated to company building


in total possible pre-seed investment from Visible Hands


Fellows (AKA potential co-founders) per cohort

Introducing Our 2021
Fellowship Cohort

When we opened applications for the inaugural Visible Hands  Fellowship, over 900 people from 40 countries applied. From that exceptional pool, we’ve selected 51 Fellows.

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Meet our Visionaries

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Our inaugural cohort is composed of incredible founders from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. They will come together this Fall to build and scale their companies with Visible Hands.


We will help you make the leap into entrepreneurship in just 3 months.

This full-time, virtual-first fellowship will allow you to test out business ideas with a diverse cohort of talented people who are looking to launch tech companies.

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We invest in you from Day 0.

Upon admission into the fellowship, you will receive a $25,000 upfront investment to enable you to work full-time on building your startup. After the 14-week fellowship, you will also have the opportunity to pitch your company to our Investment Advisory Committee for additional funding of up to $175k.

We help you find your co-founder.

We aim to bring together a diverse cohort of talented people - builders, technologists, industry experts, and community leaders. We will support you in finding the right co-founder(s) who will be just as driven and committed as you.

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We provide intensive company-building support.

Throughout the 14 weeks, we will help you to develop and refine an idea. You may or may not come in with a clear picture of what you want to build, but either way, we will support you in finding and validating a business idea — then executing on it.

Meet Our Ecosystem

You will gain lifetime access to our diverse national network of 500+ industry experts, successful entrepreneurs, and experienced investors who will support you in developing your idea and building your business.

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“Visible Hands is the best way to break into the startup world and make it better.”
Elise Smith
Co-Founder and CEO, Praxis Labs
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“Fantastic, this product has really helped our team and business”
Jeff Bussgang
General Partner and Co-Founder, Flybridge Capital Partners
Senior Lecturer, HBS
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“Being a founder is hard, that much is true. But it’s so much easier with a community.”
Deborah Bial
President and Founder, Posse Foundation
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“Fantastic, this product has really helped our team and business”
Adam Messinger
Former CTO, Twitter | Technical Advisor, Ambassador Labs
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“Fantastic, this product has really helped our team and business”
Marcus Hollon
Principal, Black Capital
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“Fantastic, this product has really helped our team and business”
Robyn Glaser
SVP, Business Affairs, The Kraft Group
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“Fantastic, this product has really helped our team and business”
Michael Kumin
Managing Partner, Great Hill Partners
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“Fantastic, this product has really helped our team and business”
Victoria Bell
Founder, Black Women at Facebook
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“Fantastic, this product has really helped our team and business”
Greg Gottesman
Managing Director and Co-Founder, Pioneer Square Labs
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“Fantastic, this product has really helped our team and business”
Corey Thomas
President and CEO, Rapid7
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“Many of us know what it’s like to be the ‘only one in the room,’ so we’re here for you.”
La Mer Walker
Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Valence Community
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“Fantastic, this product has really helped our team and business”
Cait Brumme
SVP, MassChallenge
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“Fantastic, this product has really helped our team and business”
Ariel Solomon
Sr. Manager, Business Transformation & Analytics, Tesla
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“Fantastic, this product has really helped our team and business”
Bob Mason
Former CTO, Brightcove | Managing Partner, Argon Ventures
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What else is in store for you

Our Fellowship
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Tools & Resources

You’ll have access to the right tools for your business from leading partners in the startup ecosystem.

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Work From Anywhere

Our fellowship is virtual-first to allow you to work from anywhere - no relocation required.

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Opportunity For Investment

Fellows will unlock the opportunity for an additional investment of up to $175k from Visible Hands.

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Built-in Community

You will be part of an amazing group of fellows to support you through the up and downs of starting a company.

Who are we looking for?

Visible Hands is focused on bringing together exceptional underrepresented talent from across the U.S. to build venture-backable companies.

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Underrepresented Identities

We are focused on investing in diverse talent. This includes women, non-binary people, and Black, Latinx, or Indigenous American people.

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Exceptional Individuals

We assess individuals, not teams or ideas. Our fellowship will help you build your team and develop your business idea.

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Proven Skills & Deep Insights

We are seeking builders, technologists, industry experts, and community leaders who are ready to jump in and build a tech company.

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