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Building the future

The Contrary Fellowship is a community of exceptional, soon-to-be founders: top engineers, designers, and product builders who plan to start companies over the next few years.

Fellows receive access to an exclusive network of talented peers, invite-only events, career and company ideation coaching, and so much more.


The process


Get Referred or Apply

Get a referral from an existing member or apply.


Get Selected

We interview and select the top talent across North America to join.


Get Access

Whether you’re starting a company, building your first professional network, or figuring out which startup to work at next, we support our Fellows through it all.

Access to Capital

We invest the first check into companies our fellows start or join.

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One-of-a-kind Community

Fellows get access to exclusive events and connect with others who share passions in engineering, design and product.

Career-Long Impact

We support our Fellows for the long haul, whether job search, company ideation, or startup journeys.

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Tina Jiang

General Manager, Vial

Contrary has been the most impactful organization I’ve been a part of. They were instrumental in helping me land my previous product role at Faire, and have always been around to bounce startup ideas off of, too.

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Yael Lederman

Founder, Unlisted

The Contrary team has been a pivotal partner throughout my company's journey, serving as my mentors throughout the ideation process and later as the first investors into Unlisted!

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