Primary’s NYC Founders Fellowship

A free, part-time, no-equity program that helps aspiring entrepreneurs launch new startups.

Core programming

The fellowship experience

Startup 101

Primary Partners share best practices on topics like understanding your market, building a team, and fundraising

Peer Groups

Join a four-person peer group that you’ll work with throughout the program and meet with on a weekly basis

Expert Events

Tune in for panels and fireside chats with leading operators and investors from the NYC tech ecosystem

Office Hours

Connect with the Primary team, founders in our portfolio, and other partners for one-on-one support

The Primary NYC Founders Fellowship is three-month, part-time immersion in business creation for aspiring entrepreneurs to supercharge the next wave of local startups.

We support our fellows through educational programming, small group cohorts, curated events, and expert office hours.

Our next cohort, launching in June 2023, will be focused exclusively on female founders.

To apply to Cohort VIII: Female Founders, fill out this form.

“Taking the entrepreneurial leap can be lonely. The Founders Fellowship changed that for me and gave me the team access and support to continue making progress on my idea. The general sessions were informative & the mastermind groups created an accountability framework I wouldn't have otherwise had. If you're thinking about starting a company and are in NYC, this program is a must!” - Tommy McNulty

“I applied to the Primary fellowship unsure if or when I would take the leap to found my own company. Three months into the program, I have quit my job and am going all in. The fellowship is what has given me the confidence to do this." - Jessica Cohen


Meet Our Program Partners

Through partnerships with top startup banks and resource companies, we can connect you to best-in-class support.

Gunderson DettmerGunderson Dettmer
Gunderson Dettmer

Gunderson Dettmer has more than 400 lawyers singularly focused on the global venture capital and emerging companies ecosystem, and represents more than 2,500 venture-backed companies, providing guidance at every stage.

Institutional Venture PartnersInstitutional Venture Partners
Institutional Venture Partners

IVP’s investors specialize in later-stage company growth and have worked with a wide range of tech executives over the past decades. The firm believes growth is the key catalyst that separates the ultimate winners from the rest of the pack.