Frequently Asked Questions
What is 4 Day Founder?
4 Day Founder is a international 4-day startup hackathon event hosted virtually on March 11-14, 2021 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, a cash award of $5,000.
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. We have a few spots left for the 2021 Cohort, Applications are due March 5th.
How can I volunteer?
Can we sponsor or donate?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
Do I need to attend all the events?
Are there prizes and swag?
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!
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.