FUTO Fellows Program

Receive up to $80,000 in funding, round-trip airfare to Austin, free housing for three months, access to a top-notch incubator space, expert mentorship, and more, all to work on anti-tech oligopoly software that empowers users!

Applications for the Winter 2023 FUTO Fellows class have closed. Stay tuned for our Summer class!

Upset about current abuses of power by big tech oligopolies? After a successful and fun inaugural class, we’re eager to see what the second round of our residential incubator project will bring. A few talented independent developers will spend February 1st to May 1st, 2023 building their dream anti-establishment project without having to give up any equity or compromise on any principle. This round of fellows will be the very first to work out of FUTO’s new, 13,000 sq. ft. Austin campus. 

If selected, each member of your team will receive at least $20,000 of funding, airfare to Austin, free housing for three months, incubator space, equipment, mentorship, and VIP invites to a full slate of events.

Applicants are asked to email a CV and 500–1000 word description of their project. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview with FUTO staff at our Austin offices or, if the candidate is outside Central Texas, via video chat. 

Here are some questions we’ll be asking to judge applicants:

  1. What is your project? Provide a link to more detailed information if it exists.
  2. How will your project reduce the harm that the Tech Oligopoly inflicts upon the people?
  3. How and when do you expect to publish the work resulting from your project?
  4. What have you finished or accomplished so far?
  5. Who is the target user of your work?
  6. What do you plan to do with copyrights and patents resulting from your project?
  7. How will you measure the success of your project? Please be as specific as possible.
  8. How would you rate your chances of success?
  9. What resources can the FUTO organization provide to assist?
  10. What resources have you been provided before if any, and from what donors?

Best of luck to all applicants!