The Transcend Fellowship is a selective program for early-stage founders building the future of learning and work.

Through the 6 weeks and lifetime Transcend Network membership, we help founders connect with the most global founder community in the space and access the resources to find product market fit.

We have worked with 122 founders from 33 countries, who've gone on to raise over $70M in funding.

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The most supportive and global founder community in the space

Lifetime access to our global founder community
A safe space to open up about your founder journey
Weekly intimate gatherings with experts
Access to a network of operators and industry leaders

The resources you'll need to find product-market fit

Learn from our experienced Operating Advisors
Exclusive research and content in the space
Access to a leading investor network
$150k in free product credits
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$150k in product partner credits
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The results are in.


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Meet the fellows

Meet the Fellows

Hear it from our Fellows!

I love the Transcend Fellowship simply because at the heart of it, is the people coming together with a common mission to help each other envision and build a better future of learning and work.

Howie Chang
Howie Chang
Forward School

Transcend is the go-to place to connect with EdTech / Future of Work / Workforce entrepreneurs across the world. If you're a builder in this space and you're looking for community, insights, support, and a ton of incredible serendipitous moments, look no further.

Ryan Seeras
Ryan Seeras

I finally found my people! I feel like i now have a community I can lean on and feel safe reaching out to if I need it. Plus I learned some pretty key things about myself as a founder in the process. Transformational!

Zainab Ebrahimi
Zainab Ebrahimi

Transcend recruits exceptional founders and curates a thoughtful community & learning experience to push founders forward no matter what stage they're at. Highly recommend you get on this train! 🔥

Jackie Neumann
Jackie Neumann

Being part of the Transcend has leveled up my founder journey. In a short time, I've built authentic relationships with innovators rethinking how we learn and work across the globe. The fellowship was amazing.

Ope Bukola
Ope Bukola
Kibo School
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Fall 2021 Fellowship (F21)

We are looking for high-integrity founders to learn from and support our community. We select a small cohort of founders that connect with our thesis and community principles.

Here's what the 6-week Fellowship experience looks like:

Tuesdays 8-9:30 AM PST
Founder Lab

Facilitated sessions to connect with all fellows and learn from each other's journeys.

Thursdays 8-9 AM PST
Skill Labs

Tactical workshops around company-building from leading experts in the sector.

Tuesday Dec 7th 8 AM PST

Final event gathering leading investors and leaders to explore our global theses.

Lifetime access
Founder Community

Access our supportive and global community – through Slack and continous masterminds programs!

Lifetime access
Expert Roundtables

Weekly sessions led by top founders, investors and operators in the future of learning and work

Lifetime access
Transcend Toolkit

All the research and company-building insights from our experience in the space, in one place.

Past Fellowship Speakers
Allison Baum

Future of Work Fundraising

Ann Bordetsky

Business Development 101

Bhaumik Patel

Consumer Growth

Kapeesh Saraf

Product Development

Julia Stiglitz

Pre-seed Fundraising

Gale Wilkinson

Raising a VC round

Esteban Sosnik
Reach Capital

Edtech Fundraising

John Danner
Dunce Capital

Product-Market Fit

Neil Allison
fmr Pearson

Strategy for Founders

Samara MejĂ­a

Fundraising Office Hours

Will Houghteling


Will Morris

K12 Sales and Growth

(Winter 22)
January 2022

F21 Fellowship +
Lifetime access

If accepted, you'll enroll in the Fall 21 Transcend Fellowship and access a lifetime membership to the Transcend Network.
Installment plans, geography-based discounts and sponsorships available by request. Let us know in the application!
Prices likely to increase for future fellowships

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Learn more about the Fellowship before applying, directly from us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can any startup join the Fellowship?

We exclusively work with startup founders that are in some way addressing how people learn or work, and take a broad definition of edtech or future of work startups. We think about this very broadly, and like working with projects that intersect with fintech, mental health, HR, or anything that gives you a unique angle!

What's the best stage to apply?

We work with really early stage founders, from an idea-stage to a Series A stage. If you are still at the idea stage, we like seeing that you are actually committed to the idea full-time and actively experimenting in the space to gain market validation. When in doubt, apply. We review every single application and will reach out with personalized feedback.

Do you need to be working full-time to get selected? 

Yes – the Fellowship is exclusively for founders working full-time in their projects. All of our founders are very early-stage, but being full-time ensures you make the most of this experience. Don't worry if you are still exploring an idea, we will soon launch more experiences for you!

What if I can't afford the cost of the Fellowship?

Apply and let us know what works for you. We provide scholarships and discounts based on stage and geography, and are committed to enrolling all founders who get accepted.

Is the an accelerator?

Not quite – accelerators tend to take equity in exchange for participating, which we don't do. We think this helps you have flexibility as a founder while operating at such an early stage.

Why only 5 weeks?

These 5-weeks will be intense – you'll get to know the rest of your cohort very well. We find that keeping it to 5 weeks ensures it feels fresh and exciting on your end, and leaves you feeling connected to the rest of the network so you can join the weekly programming, quarterly check-ins and an ongoing community we run for you. Remember, you get lifetime access to this community! 

What is the time commitment for the fellowship per week?

You can expect ~3-5 hours per week during the 5 weeks of the Fellowship – we have two sessions each week, an active Slack community and optional events and programming. After the fellowship, it's a totally optional commitment, but we maintain the active community and weekly programming for all founders.

Should I apply individually or with my co-founder?

We accept founders individually, not teams. If you have multiple co-founders who are interested, you should decide who will make the most of out the program. You can also apply together and decide after the interview who will be best suited for the Fellowship.

When will the next Fellowship cohort run? 

Applications to the Fall 2021 Fellowship are currently open! The next Fellowship will take place in early 2022.

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Apply by October 8th!