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A 12-week immersive fellowship programme, designed to equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the skills, network and the mindset required to flourish as a first-time startup founder. More practical wisdom, less gyan!

From the team who built India’s largest startup media & intelligence platform – Inc42. Drawing on the decade-long experience of covering India’s tech & startup ecosystem, having seen what works, what doesn’t and having built a network of top founders & investors, we bring you – FounderX by Inc42.

  • Get coached by India’s top 1% founders, operators and investors on how to build a sustainable startup
  • Learn by doing – work on a real idea with a team of peers from week 1 itself
  • Network, collaborate and learn from your cohort peers and pitch your idea to real customers and investors

Master a structured approach to building a tech venture while managing your full-time hustle on the side. Join FounderX today and unleash the inner founder within you.

WHAT SETS FounderX apart?

FounderX is a structured & hands-on program for ambitious entrepreneurs to start their founder journey. Learn to build a successful business among an ambitious peer group and under the guidance of India’s top entrepreneurs.

Learn By Doing – Coached
By India’s Top 1% Founders

Learn from successful founders in live classes, covering ideation, validation, business models, MVPs, fundraising, pitching and more. 

FounderX adopts an 80-20 philosophy, focusing on the 20% of knowledge that yields 80% of the impact. Learn essential skills with a real impact on your entrepreneurial journey from India’s top 1% founders.

As part of a team, work on a real idea from week 1 itself. Across the program, you'll build & validate your idea, talk to real customers, refine your strategy and finally, pitch to investors at our In-Person Pitching Workshop.

With 30+ hands-on sessions & workshops, FounderX helps you master the a-to-z of starting up – from ideation to validation, from business models to fundraising, and much more.

Get Direct Access to Investors
and the Startup Ecosystem

Learn from successful founders in live classes, covering ideation, validation, business models, MVPs, fundraising, pitching and more. 

Receive specific insights on your unique idea through group mentorship sessions with top founders. Get personalised guidance to enhance your startup's potential.

Immerse yourself in India's startup ecosystem with curated in-person tours of successful startups and VC firms. Interact with top founders and investors up close.

Showcase your capstone project to investors at our exclusive In-Person Pitching Workshop. Receive early feedback and establish valuable connections for your startup's growth.

Become Part of a Lifelong

Learn from successful founders in live classes, covering ideation, validation, business models, MVPs, fundraising, pitching and more. 

Connect with passionate and ambitious individuals within our community. Discover potential co-founders who share your vision and complement your skill set.

Managing uncertainty is one of the core jobs of every founder. Learn from mentors and peers within the community, equipping yourself to navigate tricky and ambiguous situations.

Leverage the power of the FounderX community. Whether you’re validating an idea, seeking a co-founder, raising money, or just looking for partners to build with — you’ll find people to help you along the way.

Past Speakers & Mentors

Learn from real-world, case-based examples brought to life by unicorn founders, serial entrepreneurs and top VCs.

Sanjeev Bikhchandani

Info Edge

Gopal Srinivasan

TVS Capital Funds

Ankit Agrawal


Vishesh Khurana


Dhruvil Sanghvi


Swati Bhargava

CashKaro & EarnKaro

Ashish Kashyap


Krish Ramineni


Siddhartha Ahluwalia


Ashwin Raguraman

Bharat Innovation Fund

Sanjib Jha

Coverfox Insurance

Sandeep Aggarwal


Malika Sadani

The Moms Co.

Arjun Vaidya

V3 Ventures

Nitya Sharma


Ankit Mehrotra


Anup Jain

Ex-Orios Venture Partners

Akash Gupta

Zypp Electric

Shashank Randev


Gaurav Ranjan

Prime Venture Partners

Vinay Singhal


Geetika Raheja

PwC India

Lal Chand Bisu


Kshitij Shah

Digital Strategy Works

Nitin Jain


Anagh Prasad


Ayush Jaiswal

Pesto Tech

Rohit M A


Deepanshu Manchanda


Rujuta Shah

Studio Oblique

Anand Jain


Agniva Si

Superlaunch Studio

Mayank Nagpal


Akshay Chaturvedi

Leverage Edu

Dhirendra Mahyavanshi


Param Bhargava

T.A.C - The Ayurveda Company

Shaleen Sinha


Aakrit Vaish


Karan Mohla

B Capital

Ashish Tulsian




& Mentors

How Is The 12 Week Journey


Each week is crafted to dig deep
into a lever of becoming a Founder.

Weekly Schedule

These are weekly recurring sessions and learning activities
scheduled throughout the duration of this course.

These are weekly recurring sessions
and learning activities scheduled
throughout the duration of this course.


Live, Hands-On, Interactive Sessions & Workshops


Sat, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (IST)
Sun, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (IST)


Team Huddles & The Group Mentorship Will Be Held On Weekdays


Wed, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (IST)
Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (IST)


The Opening Orientation, Startup Tours And Convocation


Fri, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM (IST)
Sat, 5:00 PM Onwards (IST)

Who's it for?

From startup operators and corporate professionals to B-school students and family business owners – FounderX is for anyone who aspires to build a tech-driven venture soon.

Startup Operators

Who want to start thinking & executing like a startup founder

Corporate Professional

Seeking exposure to early stage methods before taking the plunge


Wanting to transform their freelance practice into a startup

Second-Chance Entrepreneurs

Who are starting over and want to become a methodical founder

Application Process


  • Submit Application

    The application fee for the founderX program is ₹999 and which will be fully refundable in the event that your application is not selected.

    Application Fee ₹999/- (inclusive of taxes)
    Application Fee ₹999/-
    (inclusive of taxes)

    * Application fee is fully refundable if you’re not selected for the Program.

  • Application Review

    After a review by the FounderX curation team, shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview call to understand their ambitions and fit for the program.

  • Enrollment Fee

    If you are selected, you will have to pay the remaining fee of ₹ 1,49,999 (+18% GST) to secure a spot in the FounderX cohort.


Program Fee

INR 1,74,999

Early Bird Cohort Fee

INR 1,49,999 + GST (*EMI Option Available)

Enrol Before 30th Nov & Get Scholarships Upto INR 25,000!

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As A Founder



FounderX by Inc42 is a 12-week immersive fellowship programme, designed to equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the mindset, network and skills necessary to flourish as a first-time startup founder.

The 12 week FounderX program will start with an in-person orientation weekend and then will continue virtually for the next 10 weeks followed by 3 days in-person final week in New Delhi. The in-person component will comprise the Orientation, Startup & VC Office Tour, Pitching Workshop and the Convocation.

You can apply to FounderX by completing the online application here. Our team will review your application and set up a 30-minute interview call with you. After the interview call, we’ll let you know on the final decision of your acceptance into the program.

Networking sessions will be hosted virtually periodically and during the in-person weekend in Delhi-NCR and Bangalore. You can always connect with your fellow peers via our FounderX community platform and Whatsapp group as well.

To make sure you get a true “startup founder” experience, you will be working in teams. Each team will consist of fellows who are interested in the same sector which will allow you to learn about the sector and work on challenges similar to your idea. The final idea the team will work on will be decided mutually between your team.

Our curated cohort will be divided into teams of up to 6 fellows each grouped by common interests of sectors or ideas and complementary skills.

The cohort will be carefully curated to ensure diverse representation from industries, skill sets, sectors of interest with one common passion – Becoming A Startup Founder. The fellows will tend to be mid to senior working professionals from Corporates and Startups, Family Business Owners or Second Chance Entrepreneurs.

We expect every fellow to spend up to 6 hours every weekend attending sessions and another 3-4 hours across the week working on their group assignments.

The complete FounderX curriculum is available on the website here and you can also download the detailed curriculum here.

We’re constantly updating the website to showcase more details so this is the best place to keep yourself up to date. We will also be sending you regular updates over email if you’ve signed up for our list.

Each session of the program is mandatory to attend. However, you will always have on-demand access to the recorded sessions for you to watch anytime.

Yes, you will be able to directly ask questions from the mentors in the Q&A part of every session.

We will be happy solving the doubts ourselves or connect you with an expert or the mentor who was leading the class.

We would not want your journey to remain incomplete and your class would hate to miss pitching with you and meeting you. We request you to plan in advance or talk to us about any challenges you may face.

We will form an exclusive group over Whatsapp and you will enjoy lifelong access to it.

We shall facilitate the Q&A and mentorship sessions during the cohort. During and post the cohort, we encourage you to build direct relations with the speakers and mentors, most of which would be more than happy to guide aspiring founders.

Yes, during some of the sessions led by investors as well as in the in-person weekends.

Yes, definitely. If your team has the conviction on your idea and business plan, you can pursue fundraising from the investors you meet at the FounderX Pitching Workshop.

Application & Enrolment

Yes, to apply to FounderX you’ll need to pay ₹999 as the application fee which is fully refundable if you’re not selected for the program. In case, you’re offered a seat but you choose to not move ahead with it, the application fee will not be refunded.

Yes, you will have the flexibility to manage your own travel and stay. We shall be sharing recommended locations and travel details mid-way through the program.

If your application is rejected, we will issue a complete refund within 7-10 days.

Sorry, there’s no special discount for Inc42 Plus members at the moment.

Since this is a highly-curated cohort, we are looking for people who wish to become tech startup founders, have just started their journey as one or want to restart their journey. Besides this the FounderX team will review each application via the form and interview call to approve them.

Unfortunately, the seat is not transferable. We encourage you to continue your journey. However, if you have unavoidable situations, write to us at [email protected] and we’ll try our best to find a solution.

You can write to us any time at [email protected] for anything related to FounderX.