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The BUILDUP Fellows Program

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The BUILDUP Fellows program is the flagship program of BUILDUP. The next program has not been scheduled yet, but sign-up for updates.

The BUILDUP Fellows program is designed for underrepresented, early stage (pre-seed) startups developing new technologies with the goal of helping them to build companies that can scale, raise capital and participate in top industry accelerators. It is a two week, immersive, mentor-driven program.

Companies receive direct mentorship from top tech industry leaders relevant to their product and startup. In addition, fellows receive guidance on product development from Pivotal Labs, legal advice from counsel at Gunderson & Dettmer, and product support from Google(AWS) and FBStart, in addition to our other partners.

The participation of our industry leaders and partners combined with the support of BUILDUP’s amazing community of talent, provides startups in the program an incredible advantage.

Our Focus

BUILDUP Fellows consist of startups that have meet the following requirements:
Raised less than $250K (Pre-Seed)
Built a functioning minimum viable product (MVP)
One founder is from an underrepresented* group
A preference for at least one technical co-founder
Focus: Enterprise/SaaS Software, Consumer Internet Software, Hardware, IOT




BUILDUP may be the most important thing we’ve been a part of since we started MobilePhire. I am consistently blown away by the caliber of mentors and speakers we have the privilege of meeting with. It’s amazing that we’re able to connect with them in such meaningful ways, as opposed to just listening to speakers.

– MobilePhire

The Buildup Fellows program was a great experience for us, it helped us refine our pitch, make our message clearer and we received great feedback from all of the mentors and the team at buildup that made this happen!

– Human Data Project is a great primer and introduction to the daily grind of a startup in SF. From mentors to seasoned investors we gained more insight in two weeks than would take most of months navigating independently. We now have more insight on how to pitch and explain the market we’re addressing thanks to the iterative changes and feedback from buildup and other participants. We now share our experience with as a way to validate ourselves moving forward applying to incubators and potential customers.

– Duet

Due to the mentorship we received from BuildUP, we received more investment interest and aligned our focus to a better defined growth strategy. The other startup founders were also amazing! Together, we built a strong founder family and community of support. I would recommend BuildUP to all early stage startups that are looking to better understand and improve their fundraising efforts, strengthen their network, and fine tune their business strategy.

– Cocoon Cam



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The BUILDUP Fellows Program