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 Pre-accelerator are now closed, but Hackathon alumni can join FoundersDoor online course below 

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 gives you 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 YSYS experts

  2. Personal coaching and mentoring: Access to an incredible network of supporters who are passionate about 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 for three months in Shoreditch

  5. A helpful and supportive community:  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 opportunities and special prizes



Raising from Angels with CGV (IG LIve)

Looking to raise investment? Join us on Instagram Live, for tips shares from CGV, a UK based angel operator. 

Date: 18th May 2020


FoundersDoor Investor Lounge with InnovateUK

Getting the startup funding you need is notoriously hard. Join us for an event packed with panel talks, pitch workshops, and office hours to help you successfully secure investment, and grants.


Date: 10th November 2020


How to make a pitch with bp ventures

Your next investment opportunity is here. Join us for a Fireside Chat with investors looking to fund new-energy.

Date: 21st May 2020


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: June 9th 2020


Founder events and office hours

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


Everything we’re learning along the way

Follow the founders journey on our blog. We’ll share the wins, the challenges, the successes, and the struggles. It’s all about being open, 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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