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

We help founders in two ways: we connect them with the most global founder community in the space and give them access to the network and resources they need to find product market fit.

We have worked with 100 founders from 28 countries, who've gone on to raise over $26M in funding since.

The most supportive and global founder community in the space

Lifetime access to the most global founder community
A safe space to open up about the founder journey
Weekly expert events and founder gatherings
Access to a network of industry leaders

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

Learn from our experienced Operating Advisors
The Transcend Toolkit, our company-building handbook
Exclusive research and content in the space
Access to a leading investor network and syndicate
$150k in free product credits
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$150k in product partner credits
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The results are in.


Fellows' likelihood to refer other founders to the Fellowship


Would be very disappointed if they could no longer access the Fellowship


Fellows' assigned value compared to the actual cost.


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Fellows supported since launching in 2020


Funding received by fellows after joining the Fellowship

Meet the fellows

Meet the Fellows

Hear it from our Fellows!

Transcend is a brilliant community of founders and subject matter experts who all *get* what it means to be building for the future of learning. The connections and resources are truly priceless.

Yash Tekriwal
Yash Tekriwal

Really loved my experience being a part of the Transcend Network, and highly recommend to any EdTech founders wanting to grow their companies. The team is stellar.

Arnelle Ansong
Arnelle Ansong

Transcend Fellowship is THE fellowship if you are an early stage founder in the future of work or learning space. It is community-centric and certainly does not feel like any other incubators or accelerators.

Felix Tan
Felix Tan

Transcend has been an immersive and transformative experience! Before joining the fellowship, I didn't have any idea it was possible to connect with like-minded founders to have a shared journey on building early-stage startups for the future of learning and work.

Chris Czerwonka
Chris Czerwonka

One of my favorite founder communities is Transcend Network, which focuses on founders starting edtech and future of work companies

John Danner
John Danner
Edtech Investor
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Summer 2021 Fellowship (S21)

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 5-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.

Thursday July 15th 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
Aleix Ordeig

Building with No-Code

Allison Baum

Future of Work Fundraising

Bhaumik Patel

Consumer Growth

David Kofoed Wind

Founder Journey

Danielle Strachman

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 Mejía

Fundraising Office Hours

Will Houghteling


Will Morris

K12 Sales and Growth

May 14th - May 28th
June 17th - July 20th

S21 Fellowship +
Lifetime access

If accepted, you'll access the S21 Transcend Fellowship, as well as lifetime access to the Transcend Network.
Geography-based discounts and sponsorships available by request. Tuition can also be paid in 2 installments. Just let us know in the application!
Price was determined by asking our community what value they would assign to their experience through a survey. Prices will increase for future fellowships.
Apply today!

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 Summer 2021 Fellowship are currently open! We will announce our next Fellowship and new programs later in the year.

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Apply by May 28th!