1300 Fellows. $500 million raised.

Startup Leadership Program (SLP) is a global network and education program for entrepreneurs. Think about it as an accelerator for the founder, not the company. SLP participants (or fellows) are educated about the nuances of building a business and being an effective leader in 26 classroom-based sessions over the course of six months.

Now in its ninth year with an alumni base of over 1,300 fellows, $500 million in cumulative funding raised, and locations in 22 cities worldwide, SLP has established itself as one of the largest international accelerators for the entrepreneur.

  • Passion
  • Resources
  • Success
Passion Led Us Here is written on the sidewalk

No Equity

Startup Leadership Program is a non-profit and doesn't take company equity. We ask that fellows participate fully in the program and give back to the startup community.

A group of three people collaborate around a laptop computer and pages of notes

Grow Your Network

SLP has chapters in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and globally. Grow your network and find the connections you need to make your startup successful.

A woman stands beside a moving train and looks to the right

Focus on Founders

We are interested in your company, but our focus is primarily on the founder. We want to support you in current, as well as future, endeavors.

Our Curriculum

We’ll help you develop your vision, learn how to steer, and accelerate your startup.

The 6-month program begins September 13th and consists of weekly meetings every Wednesday 6-9p in downtown San Francisco. Classes are taught by industry experts and organized by alumni and current participants.

  • Product Development

    Uncover insights from your customers to improve your product or develop a new feature.

  • Legal 101

    Learn how to set up your company, hire talent, and avoid legal pitfalls.

  • Fundraising

    Discover the best funding options for your company and learn how to engage investors.

  • Business Development

    Determine your marketing strategy, metrics, and key partnerships for success.

  • Leadership

    Develop your pitch, grow your team, and define your company vision.

  • Networking Events

    Expand your network of entrepreneurs, partners, and industry experts to grow your company.


We only choose high-caliber individuals. We look at leadership, entrepreneurial or innovation experience, potential for success in the startup ecosystem, willingness to be an active member of the community, and cultural fit with our values. We believe diversity is critical to the best educational and innovative environments.

There is no application fee. The program costs a small fee of $550 (due within 7 days of acceptance) to keep our operations running. We aim to accept between 15 and 20 Fellows. Our admit rate averages between 20-30% in past years.

Join SLP

Applications closed on August 15th. Check back in July to apply for the next cohort.