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Join the FZ Planet Incubator

Come with an idea, leave with a team, an early product, and potential customers.

 01 
idea + market

Refine your idea, map the market, your ideas, and the business.

 02 
validation

Talk to customers and get buy-in before you build.

 03 
team building

World class startups = World class teams.

WHAT TO 
EXPECT

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VIRTUAL /
ASYNC-FIRST

Work at your own pace with async chat support

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AMA CHATS W/
THE TEAM

Discuss questions with our team and advisors

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COLLABORATION
WITH FOUNDERS

Be a part of a community and learn from peers

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MEET
ADVISORS

Advisor 1 on 1 time helping you get to action

A word from Chiedo, FZ co-founder and incubator director.

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COURSE WORK

  1. Understand circular economy 

  2. Identify a real-world challenge

  3. Research target markets, competitors, and customer needs

  4. Explore and select a business model

  5. Build your MVP

  6. Execute pilot tests with potential users

  7. Recruit co-founders and advisors

  8. Recruit strategic partners

  9. Modeling and testing traction

  10. Pricing strategy and financial modeling

  11. Pitch deck and public speaking

  12. Environmental and social impact metrics

 

Bonus Tracks:

  • SBIR and STTR Grants for Circular Economy Innovation

  • Dual-Use Opportunities in Circular Economy Startups

Meet some of the advisors, ready to help serious teams get serious results.

WHAT ABOUT _?

  • How much does it cost?
    It’s 100% free. No $$ or equity
  • Do I need to attend in person?
    Nope, you just need a stable internet connection.
  • Can I join if I don't have an idea?
    Yes, but you need to have identified that you want to do a startup, and you need to come up with your idea fast.
  • What happens if I miss a session?
    Nothing, they’re recorded. But you’ll miss out on the intros, connects, and Q&A.
  • I'm kinda past some of this stuff?
    No worries, the coursework is self-guided, so you can work on what’s relevant for you, and still get all the perks of the program.
  • How many teams will you accept?
    We anticipate having a cohort max of 200 participants
  • Do I get a mentor?
    Yes, we mentor all the teams at scale, and to be eligible for 1-on-1s you need to show momentum.
  • Will I get funding out of this?
    We don't promise funding to the teams participating, but you can apply for funding, and we seriously consider startups with momentum, validation, and a strong business model design.

NOTES FROM THE ALUMNI

The best part of the program was the mentorship, growing my network, being able to pitch many investors, and making connections that will lead to successful funding of my business

2023 Graduate

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