A signature program of NYCEDC’s Venture Access NYC initiative, the Founder Fellowship is designed to improve access to capital and networks for underrepresented founders across all tech-enabled sectors. 

Applications for 2024 NYCEDC Founder Fellowship are now open!

Are you a tech startup founder team looking for resources and networks to help grow your company? The NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) Venture Access Founder Fellowship supports a diverse community of tech startup founders with valuable offerings, including:

  • Individualized work plans to identify key needs and interests
  • Cohort convenings to discuss challenges and receive business administration support
  • Connections to capital providers and potential collaborators
  • Access to mentors and advisor networks

To achieve its objective of eliminating barriers to build a more inclusive tech ecosystem in NYC, NYCEDC strongly encourages Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and women founders to apply to the program.

Apply by 12/5 - Apply now for the third annual Venture Access Founder Fellowship