Orange DAO Fellowship

The Orange DAO Fellowship is an intensive 10-week program designed to help launch the next Web3 unicorn. It's organized and led by Orange DAO, the largest founder community in crypto.

Accepting late applications for Orange DAO Fellowship 3 (OF3).
You will receive a $100k uncapped SAFE. Program fee: 2% equity.

10-Week Sprint + Orange Demo Day

10-week sprint designed to help you find product-market fit and grow your Web3 business.
The program culminates with Demo Day where you have the chance to pitch top Web3 investors.

Founder Mentors
You will have dedicated mentors from the Orange DAO Community - experienced founders who can advise, celebrate with you, and make key intros.

$100K Uncapped Investment
You will receive a $100k MFN SAFE (no Valuation Cap, no Discount) investment.

The Largest Founder Community in Crypto
When you graduate from the Orange Fellowship, you join the largest and most exclusive founder community in crypto.

10-Week Sprint + Demo Day
After 10-weeks of intensive focus, you will pitch your startup to over 300 Web3 VCs and Angel Investors.

Guest Speakers

Weekly calls and Q&A sessions with pioneering Web3 founders, ecosystem partners, and leading investors.

Dan Romero
Co-founder of Farcaster

Jesse Pollak
Creator of Base

Nader Dabit
Director at Aave/Lens

Raj Gokal
Co-founder of Solana

Sergey Gorbunov
Co-founder of Axelar

Valerie Tetu
prev Head of GTM at Lido

What Fellows say about the experience...

“The Orange DAO team are the blacksmiths of crypto, refining and hammering raw, unfinished founders, ideas, and companies into gold bars. The Orange network and team were instrumental in making critical connections for us within the industry, asking hard questions, and supporting us through thick and thin.”
J.Paul Meyer - Co-founder of Collar Protocol (OF2)

“Orange DAO made me a 10x better founder. We pivoted mid-batch and because of Orange DAO we graduated with a functional MVP, key partnerships, and excited early users. The mentors are incredibly generous with their time and expertise. They will help you build the company of your dreams”
Hamza Mhadi - Co-founder of Herald Labs (OF2)

“The Orange DAO Fellowship 10x'd the trajectory of the company when it comes to fundraising & product. Before Orange DAO this was a side project. Fellowship was a switching point. became a real company perusing a real problem.”
J - Co-founder of (OF1)

“The Orange Fellowship gave me my first check and connected me with my first customer. It's been all upwards from there!”
Derek Chiang - Co-founder of ZeroDev (OF0)

Orange DAO Community

Orange DAO is the largest founder community of 1300+ YC and Orange DAO-backed founders building and investing in the future of crypto.Orange DAO has invested in nearly 200 Web3 startups to date. You will meet fellow web3 builders who can become your customers, partners, and friends.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are terms of Orange Fellowship?

Fellows receive a $100K uncapped (MFN) SAFE investment. There is a separate program/advisory fee of 2%, which falls under a separate agreement from the SAFE.

What advantages does the Orange Fellowship offer beyond the investment?

As a fellow, you'll dive deep into a special program designed to boost your Web3 startup. We'll guide you through achieving Product Market Fit, strategizing your Go-to-Market approach, and actively helping you build traction. This is all under the guidance of 1300+ founders who have been backed by YC and the founders of ~200 startups funded by Orange DAO.

In addition, you'll get a chance to pitch on Demo Day to a plethora of Web3 investors. Upon completion of the program, you’ll be eligible to become an Orange DAO member.

What stage of Web3 startups should consider applying?

Whether you're just sketching out an idea or you've secured a Seed Investment for your startup, we welcome you! Our fellowship is tailored for companies from the ideation phase all the way up to pre-Series A.

Can non-YC founders apply to Orange Fellowship?

Absolutely, any founder building crypto-related products can apply to Orange Fellowship.

When will I hear back about my application? What are the next steps after application?

You'll receive a response within a month of your application. Following the screening process, we'll conduct 1 or 2 rounds of interviews with the selected applicants.

The interview format will be a fast-paced 10-minute conversation. We’ll ask you a series of questions.

When does the Fellowship start?

The program will begin on January 15th with an IRL orientation week in San Francisco.

When does the Fellowship end?

The official program concludes with a virtual Demo Day in early April 2024. After the Demo Day, you’ll be eligible to become an Orange DAO member.

Is it in-person or remote?

The program is hybrid. The first week, starting on January 15th, 2024, and the last part, from March 4th to March 29th, will be conducted IRL in San Francisco. The remaining weeks will be conducted via Zoom.

What do accepted startups have to do?

Sign the SAFE and participation agreement. One founder must attend the IRL sessions in SF. All founders are required to attend the virtual sessions.

Does Orange DAO make follow-on investments?

Yes we participate in subsequent rounds, at least six months after demo day.

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