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A home for the ambitious outsiders of the world
We’re building a community of creative young people working on interesting projects around the globe.
Join the tournament
Apply with any project you need help with. After 30 days, the best players will receive $1,000, a round-trip ticket to Silicon Valley, and access to mentorship from some of the world’s most successful individuals.
Get started
Deadline December 16th 11:59pm PST
Apply with anything
Apply with any type of project you need help with. It could be a company, physics research, journalism, or art. All you need to do is convince other applicants that your project is worth doing.
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Play the Tournament
Every week other participants will give you feedback and points. The more interesting your work, the higher your score will be. Each month, the top-ranked applicants become new Pioneers.
Become a Pioneer
Pioneers receive a $1,000 investment with the possibility for a $100,000 follow-on, a round-trip ticket to San Francisco and access to a private online forum with other 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.
Hollis robbins
Dean of Arts & Humanities, Sonoma State University
Tyler cowen
Economics Professor, George Mason University
Patrick collison
Cofounder & CEO, Stripe
Laura deming
Founder, The Longevity Fund
Marc andreessen
Cofounder, Andreessen Horowitz
Balaji srinivasan
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 a webcam and an internet connection to apply.

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