Fellowship

Xartup TM     Fellowship

Where outliers
come together.

Meet your cofounder, build a startup & pitch to
investors in 8-weeks.

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What's inside?

5 weeks of live insightful sessions featuring successful founders (including YC alums). Simultaneously, apply the concepts and build your own startup.

The top 3 teams will pitch their ideas to investors on the demo day.

We admit 120 fellows each cohort out of the 1,200+ applications received.

All the best.

Featured Program – Xartup Fellowship

Over 100 companies
founded through Xartup

500+ Fellows

Over 500 Xartup fellows building
the next great wave of companies
 

100+ companies

100+ companies founded by Xartup Fellows in the past 1 year
 

25+ investors

Assisted by top global mentors & investors 
 

Xartup Fellowship Structure

01

Get your cofounder

From a pool of exceptional folks with complementary skills

02

Start building & selling from Day 0

From a pool of exceptional folks with complementary skills

03

Gain your first 100 users

Q&A sessions with YC alums, ex-founders on how to make it happen

04

Pivot to product market fit

Difficult but not impossible. The community will hold your hands

05

Pitch to investors

Top teams get to pitch VCs and angels

Meet our Guest mentors

Wg Cdr Anish

Cofounder of MyGate

Best community management solution

Zero to one Journey of MyGate

Arjun Vaidya

Ex-CEO Dr. Vaidya (acquired)

Forbes Asia 30U30

Building an Indian Brand

Fellowship Curriculum

On the weekends, keeping your work weeks uninterrupted

Week 1

2nd Jan

4 hours

Meet your cofounder

Extensive peer group networking to dynamically meet all your cohort members and form your startup team. You will finalize your idea to work on by the end of this week.

Case studies - Meesho, Fampay, Postman

Week 2

8th Jan

4 hours

Build an MVP

Learn how to build a minimum viable product and experiment in a lean way.

Case studies - Dropbox, Twitter, Facebook, Product Hunt

Week 3

15th Jan

4 hours

Building a brand

How to build a brand in India, from the messaging to brand qualities and attributes.

Case study - Indian D2C brands

Week 4

22nd Jan

4 hours

Acquire first 100 users

Acquire your first 100 users and validate your idea with actual users. Having users will get you sleepless, trust us.

Case studies - Uber, Flipkart, Freshworks, Razorpay

Week 5
Week 6
Week 7

29th Jan - 19th Feb

20 hours

Traction

Hustle to achieve product-market-fit taking user feedback. Figure out if your assumptions were correct. Gain maximum possible traction within 3 weeks span.

Consider it as a capstone, the top teams based on the traction will get a chance to pitch on the demo day.

Week 8

26th Feb (tentative)

1 hour

Internal Demo Day

Top 3 teams with exceptional metrics will present their pitch internally. These teams will qualify for the final Demo Day which is held every quarter.

Meet our Guest mentors

Dharamveer Singh Chouhan

DV is the CEO & Founder of multiple million-dollar startups – Zostel, Zo rooms and Zo World.

He brought the back packers’ travel culture to India with Zostel being the first branded hostel chain in India.

Abhishek Kankani

Abhishek is the founder of Dyte (YC W21) which aims to be a game-changer in the space of real-time audio-video APIs.

The goal is to reimagine what can be achieved with these APIs and continue to push the envelope, going above and beyond.

Rathin Shah

Rathin is the founder of YC funded
Spenny, the quickest way to do spare
change investing in India


Rathin is an Entrepreneur First alumni and ex-investemet banker at J.P. Morgan

Ankush Singh

Ankush is the founder of YC funded mutual fund investment app Piggy,
the hat got funded by YC in its early days

He got an exit to Flipkart and he’s now
building neo-bank for India

Frequently asked questions

How do I join the fellowship program?

After applying for the fellowship, you’ll be screened through two 10 minute interview rounds – ability round and behavior round. Ability round tests your ability to build (either you’re a good coder) or sell (you’re a good business guy). Behavior round tests your agility and whether you fit into our cohort. Cohort starts from 6th June.

What do you look for in a Xartup fellowship aspirant?

We follow Y Combinator’s ethos rigorously and prioritize building & selling. An ideal fellow would be extremely quick in testing their ideas and iterating logically if it fails. We’d choose fellows possessing exceptional logical and analytical thinking to solve a problem.

Why do you charge a fee?

After two rounds of vetting, we charge an acceptance fee to make sure the fellows we are admitting are serious about building a startup. The ROI depends on your efforts and it can be anywhere between 10x to 1000x. This way we make sure you’ll get a cofounder who is actually dedicated about founding a company.

Can we raise investment through Xartup fellowship?

You will get $200,000 worth of credits to build your MVP from scratch. Though no one can promise you on this, if you’re agile enough to get traction and validate your idea, India’s top-notch investors will be looking forward to investing in you during the demo day.

Should I have an existing idea to join the fellowship?

It doesn’t matter at all for your application. Startups are all about team and execution. If you have an idea, that’s good. But, you will have to brainstorm with your cofounders from the upcoming cohort to arrive at a consensus as to which idea to pursue for the next 7 weeks.

What happens once I get selected?

If you seem to be a good fit for our upcoming cohort, you will get $75,000 worth of credits from on various technology products. You have confirmed your position by paying a nominal fee towards all the facilitation during the cohort. We charge a nominal acceptance fee as we seek fellows who are serious and dedicated to their work for the next 8 weeks.

What’s your refund policy?

We have a clear no-refund policy respecting the time + effort of the founders, investors & alumni that goes into curating the cohort. Though you can defer it to any upcoming cohorts in case there is an emergency at your end.

Can I reapply if I don’t get selected in this cohort?

Only 2/10 candidates make it to the fellowship due to our small cohort size, but we love the never-give-up attitude of founders and ensure you a wild card entry into our cohort if you consistently apply 5 times, even if you don’t pass the interviews. Agility and consistency are something we trust more than our interviews. 

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Get in touch

+91-8871836781 (Anmol)

Mail us at fellowship@xartup.com

540/18, B Cross, 147 Main
Banaswadi, Bangalore

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