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Core Program Types

Founders in our virtual programs are joining interactive feedback sessions with mentors over Zoom, collaborating with their cohort via Slack, leveraging our newly released Virtual Office Hours Tools to speak privately with mentors, using our existing backend course tools to build their business, and getting access to new virtual networking and learning opportunities.

However, we also understand that health restrictions are easing and many applicants are eager to resume in-person events.

As a result, we offer four different types of Core Programs, and each cohort's format is clearly marked on all application pages.

Fully Virtual

Fully Virtual programs are held 100% online, with the opportunity for in-person events and networking in the future. Since these programs are held completely online, you can participate from anywhere.


Hybrid programs contain required sessions that are both online and in-person. As a result, it is recommended that you live in the city or region where the program takes place.

Virtual First

Virtual First programs contain both online and in-person events, but all required sessions will be online. Since there are no required in-person sessions, local Founders can get access to extra sessions and in-person networking events, while non-local Founders can still participate from anywhere

In Person

In-Person Programs are 100% in-person, with proper local safety precautions in place. There will be virtual opportunties for office hours and other meetings in these programs, but all required sessions are held in-person.

Have questions about the virtual experience?

Below is a collection of answers to the most common questions.

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