On Deck First 50 Fellowship (OD50)
Land your next role at a breakout startup
The First 50 Fellowship is a 10-week program for operators who want to find their next roles at world-changing companies. We combine a world-class curriculum, a proprietary database of breakout companies and a community of incredible peers to help you accelerate your career.
"Excited to participate in the inaugural First 50 Fellowship! I've heard so much about this exceptional community of leaders and future-makers. Eager to contribute, learn, and connect with others who also want to help build something that matters."
"Holy cow, so excited to be a part of the inaugural cohort of the First 50 Fellowship (#OD50) from @beondeck! I hear only amazing things about its super motivated + entrepreneurial community. Honored to be in the arena with them."
"Beyond excited to share that I'm joining On Deck's First 50 Fellowship 🚀. Feeling extremely positive about the future for the first time in a (long-ish) while - bring it 2021, I'm ready 👊."
"Thrilled to announce that I'll be joining On Deck as a Fellow for the Inaugural First 50 Fellowship cohort. On Deck is a community of exceptional individuals committed to helping each other explore "what's next" and I'm honored to be onboard."
"Excited to be a part of the inaugural OD50 program with @beondeck! Can't wait to meet everyone in the community, led by @antnar."
"I am thrilled to share that I will participate in the inaugural cohort of On Deck's First 50 Fellowship! I look forward to joining an incredible group of individuals determined to build something meaningful and inspiring!"
Bring intentionality to your search and land the role you want
Identify breakout companies
Master the mechanics of a successful job search
Access unique job opportunities
A great community
with a commitment to privacy
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To be a good fit for OD50, you are probably:
* An outstanding performer in your respective industry / job function
* Mentally ready for your next role, whether or not you currently have a job!
* Entrepreneurial, with a desire to help build an early-stage startup.
* Eager to be an active participant in a growing community, as much of the value of On Deck comes from the network and peer-to-peer connections.
All sessions, content, and interactions are completely off the record, including any acknowledgement of a Fellow’s participation. Some OD50 Fellows will choose to be public about their involvement, while many more will not, especially those who are currently employed full time.
Everyone in the program is searching for something deeper in their next career chapter and making a big transition. Many will not yet have publicly shared this journey with friends, family, or employers. We and all Fellows will honor that.
Also note that speaker sessions are recorded, which is beneficial from a scheduling perspective, but also important for a Fellow who happens to know a presenter.
Yes! OD50 is for people joining early-stage startups, regardless of role. There will be engineers, data scientists, and product managers alongside growth, sales, marketing, HR, and operations folks since all of these roles are essential to turning a startup’s idea into reality.
Fellows targeting similar roles will be paired so that they can share insights, suggestions, and potential connections to help each other through their respective journeys.
No problem! OD50 is broadly designed for two groups of people, with content specifically created for each:
* Fellows trying to pivot their career into startups.
* Fellows already working in tech who want to be intentional about the next steps on their career path.
The opportunity cost of choosing the wrong startup is huge. Surround yourself with a community of experts and peers to help you make an informed decision on what’s next, and get access to roles sourced from the On Deck community.
Joining the On Deck First 50 Fellowship is $1,990.
For this first inaugural cohort, we’re offering the program at an early-bird rate of $1,990, with the cost rising for subsequent cohorts.
Yes! Our goal is to make the Fellowship accessible to the absolute best talent, no matter what their situation.
While many eligible applicants do have the means to support themselves, many others don’t. We’re excited to be able to offer scholarships to join the Fellowship through the On Deck Access Fund.
There are no fees to apply so please submit an application to be considered for the fellowship — you’ll have the option to request financial assistance if you receive an offer to join OD50.
The power of this program is in the community, and like any community you get back what you put in. OD50 is designed for people committing to spend at least several hours per week on their job search, some of which will be engagement with OD50.
Yes: OD50 will be run entirely remotely. This enables participation from all corners of the world. We’ve spent the past few ODF cohorts mastering the playbook for building remote communities and relationship building online, and will apply the same approach here.
Post-COVID, we’ll return to organizing offline programming like dinners, small gatherings, and retreats, but the core Fellowship will remain a remote-first experience.
We’re aiming to build a cohort that is diverse across race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, national origin, professional background, age, viewpoint, and subject matter—you name it!
Since this is the first cohort of OD50, we don’t yet have specific demographics for this program, but we released a demographic breakdown for ODF5 that can serve as a useful comparison.