FAQ

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Can I apply?
Yes! 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...
  • $1,000 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.
  • $6,000 in Stellar lumens.
  • $100,000 in Google Cloud credits.
  • $100,000 in AWS credits.
  • $2,000 in Airtable credits.
  • Free Stripe Atlas company formation.
  • A round-trip plane ticket (and help with associated logistics) to Silicon Valley.
  • 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 the Pioneer Livestream.
  • A 1-year subscription to Wolfram|One.
Why should I enter the Tournament?
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 enter if you think you think those things would benefit you.
Is there a deadline to enter?
No, submissions for the Pioneer Tournament are always open.
How does the process work?
After you submit your initial project description, you’ll go through the Pioneer Tournament. You’ll demonstrate weekly progress, vote on other participants, and see where you stand on our global leaderboard. You can learn more about the Pioneer Tournament here.
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 enter?
Yes. You can add your teammates when filling out your project description. Please don’t submit multiple project descriptions per team. Teams will receive $1,000 total, not per teammate.
Can I work on multiple projects?
Yes, but not at once. We think that a singular focus will be key to your success. Each player has one primary project they work on. You can always change your project later on.
How will you select the winners?
The final step involves experts periodically reviewing participants in the Global Top 50 on the leaderboard and selecting new Pioneers. Experts take into account participant's leaderboard position, project description, and progress. We're experimenting with the number of winners per-week, so cohorts will vary in size.
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 participants and experts review your project during the Pioneer Tournament. The best way to reach and maintain a high score is to demonstrate impressive progress every week.