Launch and grow your startup with YSYS

The perfect training ground for very early founders to put their startup in order and prepare for a full-time accelerator or the first investment round.

Apply for Spring 2020

*Applications for FoundersDoor are managed through OneTech FoundersWeekend

Start building today

Got an idea, but not sure where to go next? We can help you get your startup off the ground in just six weeks. FoundersDoor helps you build a strong foundation from mentorship, and actionable training, to funding opportunities and more. You’ll get:

  1. Training with industry experts: Focused sessions on product development, strategy, finance, legal and marketing - led by experts from our diverse YSYS community. 

  2. Personal coaching and mentoring: Access to an incredible network of supporters who are passionate about supporting underrepresented groups -usually because they’re from one as well. 

  3. Help with life’s practical needs: Travel, childcare expenses, mental health and well-being support.

  4. Office space designed for entrepreneurs: Free office space at WeWork for three months in Shoreditch.

  5. A helpful and supportive community: You get to join our private YSYS community of founders, developers, markers and more. 

  6. A graduation celebration to remember: An epic end of programme celebration, including equity-free funding opportunity and special prizes.



PR for Startups with Atomico (Office Hours)

How do you get into the press? What are the dos and don’ts? Learn how to navigate the PR jungle with Atomico, a Series A VC. 

Date: 13th February 2020


Founder and Investor Lounge with InnovateUK

Getting the startup funding you need is notoriously hard. Innovate UK is sharing everything you need to know about successfully securing funding, investment, and grants.


Date: To be announced


New Energy Founders and Investors Breakfast

Your next investment opportunity is here. Join us for an intimate breakfast with investors looking to fund new-energy.

Date: To be announced


FoundersDoor Celebration Night

Celebrate the end of FoundersDoor, cohort 3 and be the first to see how our innovative founders are solving the world’s big problems.


Date: To be announced


Founder events and office hours

Develop the skills you need to launch, get to know investors personally and join fireside discussions with seasoned founders. There’s something for everyone.


Everything we’re learning along the way

Follow the founder's journey on our blog. We’ll share the wins, the challenges, the successes, and the struggles. It’s all about being open, learning and building together.


Meet the innovators and visionaries who are changing the world

They’re transforming the gaming industry, disrupting the $2bn haircare industry and calculating our global carbon footprint. Meet the alumni of FoundersDoor and discover more.

Contact us

Microsoft for Startups

70 Wilson Street

United Kingdom



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