What is SLP?

The Startup Leadership Program (SLP) is a no-equity accelerator focused on developing early stage entrepreneurs. We are a non-profit organization for founder by founders, run entirely through passionate volunteers who are alumni of the program. What makes us special is our focus on developing the founder, rather than the startup.

Our program supports each founder’s entrepreneurial journey by providing curriculum, community, and mentorship. During our 8 month fellowship (September-April), entrepreneurs learn some of the key fundamentals about starting and growing a company, negotiating a term sheet, developing a marketing strategy, and many other technical and non-technical aspects of leadership. We work closely with the top investors, mentors, and founders in NYC to deliver a real world look into starting and growing a startup.



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19 Cities | 10 Countries

SLP is an international organization with more than 3,500 founders across 19 cities and 10 countries. Every year 15-25 Fellows join the program in each location.

Our program is truly global. You can start in one city, but attend a class in any city worldwide. During the program, and for life, you can apply to pitch at investor demo days on three continents, and build relationships with growing numbers of entrepreneurs in your sector. 

NYC Alumni Network

In New York City, we have over 250 alumni companies including multiple exits, over $300m raised, and features on television shows such as Shark Tank and Good Morning America. Alumni events continue long after the program ends, offering new opportunities and continued support to fellows throughout their entrepreneurial journey’s.


Our New-York Startup Leadership Community