Join our upcoming cohort

Our next accelerator will run from September 12 - December 16, 2022

ACCELERATOR eligibility

Who is Visible Hands for?

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  • You are the founder of an early-stage startup (or ready to start one)
  • 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 can commit to building your startup full-time (30+ hours) for the entirety of the program
  • Your company is incorporated (or planning to incorporate) as a C-corp in the United States

What do we look for in our founders?

At Visible Hands, we bring together ambitious and talented founders to build venture-backed companies. If you think you have what it takes, we want to work with you.

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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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Hustle & Execution

You can work creatively around constraints, deliver with speed, and consistently achieve what you set out to do

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Community Orientation

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

Apply Today

We review applicants on a rolling basis until our cohort is full, so for the best shot, don’t wait!

Priority Deadline: April 17, 2022
Regular Deadline: May 1, 202
Final Deadline: May 20, 2022 (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

Submit an Application
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1. Application

The application should take you less than an hour to complete. We ask for some basic information about you and your startup (if applicable), as well as some short answer questions. We ask that each co-founder wishing to participate in the accelerator submits an individual application.

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2. Interview

During a 45-minute interview, we will dive deeper into your insights, talent, and experience. We will also ask you to give a brief walk-through of any of your projects that demonstrate exceptional skill and execution. If you apply with other team members, we will interview you together.

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Application FAQs

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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 founders 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 definitely apply. However, each co-founder that wishes to participate in the cohort will have to submit an individual application, where you will be able to mark if there are any other members of your team applying. If you make it to the second stage of the process, we will interview applicants from the same team together.

In the case that one co-founder is accepted and the other did not apply (or was not eligible to apply), both founders will still be able to join certain Visible Hands programming and weekly check-ins, but only the co-founder who applied will be labeled as an official member of the cohort and receive access to all benefits, including a spot at orientation and cohort-exclusive programming.

Do I need an idea, team, or company to apply?
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No, you don’t. Visible Hands aims to support founders at the earliest, most formative stages of company-building. Our founders do not need to enter the accelerator having anything built (but if you already do, we'll help you take it to the next level).

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.

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