FAQ

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Can I apply?
Pioneer is open to anyone working on any type of project.
What types of people and projects are you looking for?
We’re looking for ambitious, creative people working on something interesting. It can be research, software, a work of art, a company — anything!
Which countries does Pioneer support?
Our goal is to be as international as possible. We may be technically unable to support certain countries (like North Korea), but we’re trying our best to appeal to everyone.
Am I too old for Pioneer? Too young?
Apart from any legal restrictions, there is no age limit for Pioneer. We think we can help young people the most, but we'll gladly fund anyone at any age.
What do I get if I’m selected?
Pioneers will receive...
  • $5,000 to spend however you’d like. You can buy a computer, books, coffee or whatever your heart desires. We trust that you’ll use the money to advance yourself somehow.
  • A round-trip ticket to Silicon Valley for a week-long retreat with other Pioneers.
  • Mentorship from some of the world’s most successful individuals.
  • Access to the private online Pioneer community.
  • A 1-year subscription to The Economist.
  • Participation in Pioneer’s Presentation Day.
Why should I apply?
Pioneer is designed to help determined and ambitious people take their project to the next level. We’re providing a network, guidance and funding. You should apply if you think you think those things would benefit you.
When is the application deadline?
Applications must be submitted by .
How does the application process work?
After you submit your initial application, you’ll go through a 4-week process called the Pioneer Tournament. You’ll demonstrate weekly progress, vote on other applicants, and see where you stand on the Pioneer Leaderboard. You can learn more about the Pioneer Tournament here.
How many Pioneer Tournaments will you run?
Our intention is to run as many as possible. If you don’t get selected in the current tournament, you can always re-apply next month.
I’m in school or have a job. Can I apply?
Yes! We expect many Pioneers to be students or employed full-time. You just need to make sure you don’t have any legal conflicts (for example, an IP contract you’ve signed with your employer).
Can teams apply?
Yes. You can add your teammates when filling out your application. Please don’t submit multiple applications per team. Teams will receive $5,000 total, not per teammate.
Can I submit multiple applications?
No. You’re only allowed to apply once per batch, whether that’s as the main applicant or as a teammate on someone else’s application. You can always re-apply in a future batch.
How will you select the winners?
The highest scoring applicants at the end of the Tournament will be candidates to become Pioneers.
What are the conditions of the investment?

You are free to do whatever you like with the grant. Buy books, coffee or a laptop.

If you create a company from your project and decide to raise money from investors, Pioneer will have the right to invest up to $100,000 alongside them. You are under no obligation to start a company. We expect many of our best Pioneers to be researchers, painters and musicians. We’re hoping the fraction of entrepreneurs helps us fund the rest. More on our offer page.

What if my company is already incorporated?
The same conditions as above apply, starting with your next financing round.
How is Pioneer different from a startup accelerator?
There are many fantastic programs that try and help small business get big. Pioneer is focused on finding and supporting great people, not companies. You can apply with any type of project, even if it isn't a company.
How does voting impact my score on the leaderboard?
Your score will change as applicants and experts review your application throughout the Pioneer Tournament. The best way to reach & maintain a high score is to demonstrate impressive progress every week.