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A fully remote accelerator
We fund projects and startups built by ambitious outsiders around the world.
Play our online game to win funding, access to world-class mentorship, a flight to Silicon Valley, and more. No formal interviews. No relocation. Get going today.
A programming language for physics.
Clark • 23 • Philippines
A digital watch for the blind.
Emma • 18 • United States
An app that converts English into Python.
Fraser • 21 • United Kingdom
Apply with anything
Apply with any type of project you need help with. It could be a company, physics research, journalism, or art. Advance by convincing experts and other participants that your project is worth doing.
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Play the Tournament
Every week other participants and experts will give you feedback and points. The more progress you make, the higher your score will be. Experts periodically select new winners from the Top 50 on an ongoing basis.
Become a Pioneer
Pioneers receive $7,000 in cash and Stellar lumens with the possibility for a $100,000 investment, a round-trip ticket to Silicon Valley and access to the online community of Pioneers. See the terms of the Pioneer offer.
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Learn from the best
Pioneer has a network of experts across different fields. Experts both review applications and provide advice to Pioneers. After 3 months Pioneers present their work to experts on a global stage.
Learn from the world’s experts
Get advice from industry experts. Pioneer has a network of experts across every vertical. Experts review applications and provide advice to Pioneers.
Dean of Arts & Humanities, Sonoma State University
Economics Professor, George Mason University
Cofounder & CEO, Stripe
Founder, The Longevity Fund
Cofounder, Andreessen Horowitz
Blockchain & Cryptocurrency
CTO, Coinbase
The world is full of extraordinarily creative people that are struggling to fit in. They find their current life is too bland. They’ve read all the books in the local library. They don’t find lectures engaging. They just want to go somewhere more interesting, where they can be with peers that will motivate them. Our goal is to provide the necessary funding, guidance and community in order to nurture those minds into the great scientists, artists and entrepreneurs of the future.

Geniuses come from untraditional backgrounds. Albert Einstein was a patent clerk in Bern. Oprah Winfrey grew up in rural poverty, wearing potato sacks as clothing. Marie Curie was a starving student in Paris, rationing herself on bread and water before discovering radioactivity. The differentiator of the Ivy League isn’t curriculum. It’s brand and network. Pioneer aims to scale those elements. Our goal is to build a decentralized network of young, creative and exceptionally motivated outsiders who don’t fit in to the traditional system.

Pioneer is open to all. There is no country limit. There is no expertise limit. Do anything you want with the money: spend it on books, a new computer or coffee. You only need an internet connection to apply.

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