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Who is Visible Hands for?

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  • Your gender and/or racial identity is underrepresented in tech. This includes - but isn't limited to - women, non-binary and trans people, and Black, Latinx, and Indigenous American people.
  • You are ready to launch a high-growth technology startup.
  • You are early along in company-building: you may be floating ideas around, looking for co-founders, or working on an early prototype.
  • You are willing to commit full-time for the entirety of the program.

What we look for in our Fellows

At Visible Hands, we bring together ambitious and talented individuals to build venture-backed technology companies.

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Actionable Skills
& Insights

You have a strong skillset or deep insights that give you a competitive advantage in building and distributing a solution.

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Resilience &
Resource Magnetism

You can work creatively around constraints, bounce back from failure, and attract money, people and resources to your cause.

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Growth Mindset &
Community Orientation

You are eager to collaborate and learn from others in the cohort and the broader Visible Hands community.

Our Selection Process

Our rigorous selection process is designed to find exceptional individuals who can succeed in our program and beyond.

All fellows will receive individual upfront investments of $25k, and receive the opportunity for additional investment of up to $175k at the conclusion of the fellowship.

The process spans about six weeks from when applications close.

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1. Application

The application takes about an hour to complete. Each application will be reviewed by our team of evaluators.

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2. Interview

You will be asked to record and submit answers to a short list of interview questions.

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3. Skills Review

We will hold a project review and interview to understand how your skill set can be applied to company building.

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4. Peer Workshop

You will participate in a virtual workshop with other finalists to collaboratively expand upon business ideas.

upcoming events

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Fellowship Info Session and Q&A (Closed)

Apr 1, 2021

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Fellowship Info Session and Q&A (Closed)

Apr 13, 2021

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Fellowship Info Session and Q&A

Apr 29, 2021

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Application FAQs

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Who is eligible to apply?
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You are eligible to apply if you fulfill all of the the following criteria:

Your gender and/or racial identity is underrepresented in tech. This includes, but isn't limited to:
• Female, nonbinary, genderqueer, or gender non-conforming
• Black or African American
• Latino/a
• Indigenous American, American Indian, or Alaska Native

You are 18+ years old at the beginning of the fellowship.

You can commit to full-time participation throughout the fellowship.

You are early along in company-building: you might be floating ideas around, looking for co-founders, or working on an early prototype.

If you have already received a small amount of investment or grant dollars for your company, you may still be eligible to apply. However, some arrangements may affect our ability to invest in your company and prevent us from offering you a spot in our cohort. If you fall into this category, please email us at apply@visiblehands.vc, and we will assess your situation on an individual basis.

Do I need to be a US Citizen to apply?
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Since we are a virtual-first program, we accept international applicants. However, we can only invest in fellows that have incorporated (or plan to incorporate) in the United States.

Can I apply with a team?
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If you already have a team, you can still apply. However, each co-founder will have to submit an individual application. We assess people on an individual basis rather than on the strength of their team or idea.

Do I need an idea, team, or company to apply?
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No, you don’t. Visible Hands aims to support fellows at the earliest, most formative stages of company-building. Our fellows do not need to enter the fellowship having anything built. In fact, they do not even need to know exactly what they want to be building, or who they’ll be building it with. We encourage fellows who come in with specific ideas to be open to iteration and pivots.

I am non-technical. Can I apply?
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Definitely! You do not need to have a technical background to participate in the fellowship. If you have unique insights or skills that would give you a competitive advantage in building and distributing a tech solution, we encourage you to apply. In our fellowship, we also facilitate matching fellows with complementary skill sets to form strong co-founding teams.

I am a full-time student. Can I apply?
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This fellowship requires full-time participation, so you unfortunately cannot participate while still in school. We encourage you to sign up for our mailing list to stay updated on the launch of future cohorts.

Can I apply if I have already raised investment?
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If you have already received a small amount of investment or grant dollars for your company, you may still be eligible to apply. However, some arrangements may affect our ability to invest in your company and prevent us from offering you a spot in our cohort. If you fall into this category, please email us at contact@visiblehands.vc, and we will assess your situation on an individual basis.

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