Frequently Asked Questions

What is 4 Day Founder?

4 Day Founder is a international 4-day startup hackathon event hosted virtually on July 7-10, 2022 in Central Standard Time. 4 Day Founder's mission is to support BIPOC college students who want to find a spark with entrepreneurship. Students will go through a 4-day simulation around developing an idea into a startup. 4 Day Founder will be supplemented with Seminars and Panel Discussions with experienced entrepreneurs and will culminate in a virtual pitch competition in front of judges for The Grand Prize.

Who is eligible to participate?

All college students who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) are eligible to apply. Students must be currently enrolled in a US college or university and have access to a laptop or computer, working webcam, and internet during the 4 days. No business or startup experience needed! Come open minded to brainstorm and create a new startup idea with your hackathon team. Applications will open in Spring 2022. **Non-US or International BIPOC university students will be accepted if they can verify they'll be available for the programming in Central Standard Timezome.

How can I volunteer?

We'd love volunteers to help with 4 Day Founder. We are looking for BIPOC Mentors who are industry professionals and would like to help mentor a team during the event, or even judge the competition. Please fill out our Mentor Interest Form We are also looking for Team Leads (BIPOC college juniors and seniors majoring in Business, or recent Business graduates) to help guide a team through the programming and assignments. Please fill out our Team Lead Interest Form

Can we sponsor or donate?

Please email us at with the subject line "Sponsorship" or "Donation" and we can continue the conversation on ways to support 4 Day Founder. All proceeds from the event will go towards a Founder Investment Fund for small businesses and startups that are majority owned (51% or more) by one or more BIPOC founders.

How much does it cost to participate?

The event will be FREE for all students!!

Do I need to attend all the events?

By applying to 4 Day Founder, you are agreeing to be an active participant and good team member in the event. This means you are available to attend the weekend event programming (sessions, panels, and group activities) in its entirety and commit to working on deliverables with your team after the events end for the day. If you have a conflicting event, please notify us in your application.

Are there prizes and swag?

Yes! The Grand Prize is a cash prize to split among the 5 team members. There will be an award ceremony on Day 4 following the pitch competition. Participants will also receive a goodie package in the mail! **Non-US or International participants will not be able to receive a mailed goodie bag, however they are still eligible to receive the cash prize and a digital certificate.

Do I need to know how to code?

This is a startup hackathon, so no coding necessary. However if you have coding skills and your startup idea revolves around technology, feel free to use them!

How can non-BIPOC allies help?

Spread the word by letting BIPOC college students know about 4DF and reach out to BIPOC professionals who may be great at mentoring! Ask your company if they'd be interested in sponsoring, and also consider donating to 4DF! Please email us at for more information.

Do I need a team to sign up?

No! All our applicants are individual students. Students will be put into teams on Day 1 of the event. This way, there's no unfair advantage for a team of students that already knew each other and had extra time to work on their project before the event. Students should apply individually, and we'll do our part to put everyone on a team based on different skills and backgrounds.