Join a network of 250+ founders in 50+ countries
Pioneers receive $20,000, join a 3-month accelerator program, spend a month together in San Francisco, and much more.
Kickstart your company
Pioneer is designed to help founders on day 0 build their network, move faster, and find product-market fit.
3-month remote accelerator
Regularly meet with an advisor and a small group of Pioneers
Trip to San Francisco
Build alongside other Pioneers for 1 month or longer
Free company setup through Stripe Atlas or AngelList Stack
Amazon Web Services
$10,000 in AWS credits
$1,000/mo in GitHub Enterprise credits for 2 years
$50,000 in Segment credits
$50,000 in Mixpanel credits for 1 year
Up to $3,500/mo in Plaid credits for 6 months
Free Mixmax Small Business for 1 year
Free Intercom for 1 year, 20% off forever
$2,000 in Airtable credits
$1,200 in Vercel credits, 10% off forever
If selected as a Pioneer, you'll be offered all of the Pioneer benefits below in exchange for 1% of your company, structured as a SAFE that converts to common stock. You'll also be given an investment option: $20k at your last valuation or $2M, whichever is higher. If you decline the investment option, we'll also cover your round-trip flight to San Francisco.
We typically require you & any co-founders to be full-time on your company or plan to be full-time soon, although we do occasionally make exceptions to this.
You are not obligated to accept our offer if you're selected as a Pioneer Tournament winner.All Pioneers who accept the offer receive:
- Access to a network of elite founders.
- A 3-month remote startup accelerator program.
- Free company formation via Stripe Atlas or AngelList Stack.
- Mentorship from some of the world’s most successful individuals.
- Participation in the Pioneer Demo Livestream, which may help you fundraise.
- An invitation to a 1-month trip to San Francisco with other Pioneers.
- $10,000 in AWS credits.
- $1,000/month in GitHub Enterprise credits for 2 years
And a growing set of perks including Segment, Mixmax, Airtable and more:
- $50,000 in Segment credits.
- $50,000 in Mixpanel credits for 1 year.
- Up to $3,500/mo in Plaid credits for 6 months.
- Free Cloudflare Enterprise for 1 year.
- Free Mixmax Small Business for 1 year.
- $2,000 in Airtable credits.
- $1,200 in Retool credits for 1 year.
- 90% off HubSpot for 1 year.
- $1,000 in Miro credits.
- $1,200 in Vercel credits for 6 months, 10% off forever.
- $5,000 in Render credits.
- 20% off Middesk Agent for the first year.
- 20% off Carta for the first year.
- 20% off Apollo.io plans.
- Free Taskade for 2 years.
- Free CopyAI for 1 year.
- Free Clerk for 1 year.
- Free Intercom for 1 year. 50% off 2nd year & 20% off forever.
- $500 in Mux credits.
- $150 off Cleer tax filing packages.
- Free Notion for 6 months.
- Free 1Password for 6 months.
- Free Tuple for 1 year.
- $1,000 in DigitalOcean credits for 1 year.
- $1,000 in Zeet credits.
- Free Typeform for 6 months.
- 10% off Typedream for 1 year.
- 20% off Cal.
- 90% off DocSend for 1 year.
- 90% off Freshworks for 1 year.
- 50% off Dropbox Sign for 1 year.
- 40% off Dropbox annual business plans.
- Free Crisp for 3 months + 30% off.
- 20% off annual contracts of Front for 1 year.
- 500 free email lookup credits with VoilaNorbert.
- 30,000 points after spending $1000 on a Brex card.
- Free Deel for 3 months + 30% off for 1 year for contractors.
- A 1-year subscription to Wolfram|One.
- Free Tandem for 1 year.
1% to become a Pioneer
1% of your company, structured as common stock, for the benefits above
An optional $20,000 investment
At your last round's valuation, or $2M—whichever is higher
Join the network
Meet the Pioneers
Pioneers have gone on to collectively raise nearly $200M from Sequoia, a16z, General Catalyst, Y Combinator, Khosla Ventures, and many more.
“Pioneer is excellent. You’ll find the real builders there. The accelerator was my chance as a relative outsider to break in and build the highest leverage relationships I have ever had in my career.”
“Pioneer has changed the trajectory of my startup and my life. Through incremental and subtly powerful means it forces you to develop precisely the primary quality of a good founder — relentless resourcefulness for executing on the things that matter. Highly recommend.”
“I can’t emphasize enough how crucial Pioneer was in our early days, even before we were a startup. We’d have probably died early on without Pioneer’s support and the amazing founder community.”
“It’s been insanely helpful.”
“The Summit was a great way to get quickly networked in SF while having a cohort of founders and friends to meet with regularly. I met a lot of like-minded and incredibly talented founders.”
“I did Pioneer with Clearcall and it was the best decision I made in 2019. Highly recommended.”
“You don't know how awesome the Pioneer community is before joining their Slack!”
“I literally started by myself in my living room in April and the only reason we are here is because of Pioneer. Jason saw the pitch and he invited us to LAUNCH [accelerator] because of it, so thank you.”
“I've been dying for a community like this forever. This company is taking off and I attribute it 100% to Pioneer.”
“It's basically my favorite thing on the internet.”
“This journey has been nothing less than amazing. Even though the past couple of weeks were rough, this group was essential for my survival (mentally and otherwise). Thank you for that!”
“Pioneer has given us the best peer group we've ever had.”
“If you are plagued with the disease of needing to start a company, there is no better hospital than Pioneer. The community of mature builders is top notch and the most intentionally diverse collective you can find today.”
“Joining Pioneer was the best thing we've done as a company.”
“Pioneer has been a fantastic experience. The Pioneer team as well as the other founders in the cohort are some of the smartest and kindest people I know, and working with them during camp and the summit has not only been fun, but has helped us move much faster. Highly recommend!”
“Pioneer is one of the most high-leverage things I’ve done in my life. And my favorite community.”
“Pioneer is definitely in the top 3 things to ever happen to my life so I’m a huge fan!”
“It all started with Pioneer. They were the first ones who believed in Peek. It opened up so many doors with future users, investors & partners and what's more - I've made life long friends with incredible people.”
“Pioneer was one of the first supporters of what I was doing early on. Pioneer helped me go from a hacker to a company.”
“Pioneer is an amazing thing. It indeed takes the idea of an accelerator online, and makes it available for people all around the world. I love the regular feedback, love to see what other fellow Pioneers do, and learn from them. Highly recommend it for any early-stage startup!”
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Build faster than ever, alongside other founders
You’ll regularly meet with an advisor and a small group of Pioneers where you’ll cover topics like fundraising, product-market fit, and more.
Get practical advice
You’ll have support from our network of advisors & the Pioneer team. Check out these clips from past sessions:
Jeff Weinstein (Stripe)
Articulating your problem
Daniel Gross (Pioneer)
Calvin French-Owen (Segment)
Focusing on distribution vs. product
Spend a month with other Pioneers IRL
Pioneers travel to San Francisco for 1 month together. We plan a light schedule—dinners, talks with successful founders, etc.—designed to help you make real progress.
Raise from top investors when you’re ready
Pioneers have applied with as little as an idea and a handful of GitHub commits, and just months later presented at a virtual demo day where they’re interviewed by top Silicon Valley investors.
We also occasionally invest much more following our initial $20k.
Tell us about your company, yourself, and any co-founders. We'll get back to you within 1-2 weeks.
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