An intro call with your future

FirstGen pairs extraordinary young entrepreneurs and creators from around the world with a leading industry volunteer mentor for a 1-on-1 interaction.
Completely free with no strings attached.
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Our mentors aren't just any mentors

They’re immigrants, outsiders, or come from families who experienced severe hardship. They’ve been exactly where you are. And they’re doing it just to give back.
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Sahil LavingiaFounder & CEO, Gumroad
Sid YadavPrev. VP Product, Teachable
Taz AliPrincipal Engineer, Tinkergarten
Ankur NagpalFounder & CEO, Teachable
Conrad WadowskiFounder, Upmarket
Taimur AbdaalProduct + Growth, Retool
Jack ZerbyFounder & Designer, DoHQ
Sai HossainFounder & CEO, Crowdcast
Talent is evenly distributed, opportunity is not. The United States isn’t the only place where innovators of the future live. The world is full of extraordinary people who lack access to their ideal potential self — their Yoda.

We believe that progress has a lot to give back to its past.

We’ll pair you with a volunteer mentor — ideally, someone who’s been in your shoes — for a 1-on-1 call. After the call, there are no obligations on either end. We’ll suggest touchpoints every few months, but it’s really up to you and the mentor to keep in touch.

Over its many years, we hope this introduction leads to life-changing consequences.

No one is in it for the money — not even us. We’re here to give back.

FirstGen is open to every young entrepreneur, engineer, designer, or creator in the world, no matter where they are.

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To really win a global trade war, I would spend my time motivating the brightest young minds of India and China to come to the US and help us invent the future. Because when you create the future you control how progress and, subsequently, GDP, prosperity and wealth are allocated.
Chamath Palihapitiya
Social Capital

How it works



To make it worthwhile for our mentors, we want to ensure that we make thoughtful matches. Your application will tell us about you, where you are in your career, and what our mentor can help with. Apply now!

If approved, we'll match you up

We'll find and match you up with a mentor who's as close to your potential ideal -- your Yoda -- as you've described, and to whom you'd be an ideal mentee.

Hop on an intro call

After a quick screening call, we'll brief you with a suggested format for your first call with the mentor. If you end up finding an ideal match, great! If not, we'll try once more with a new mentor.

Life's weird!

Anything that happens after your first call is really up to you and your mentor. We'll send you periodical reminders to keep in touch and triage updates. Years later, we hope this interaction leads to jobs, careers, investments, and life-changing prospects.
I had a great call with my mentor – I would have never imagined reaching out to them, but I am so thankful that they were up for a chat. Sometimes, it just takes one conversation to open up your mind.

One call could change your life

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