Humans in the Wild
Humans in the Wild

A unique, 100-day incubation program for founders who are in the early stages of developing their next big idea in the Future of Work.

  • Fall Cohort
    Applications Due

    September 14

  • Founders Notified

    Mid September

  • Program Dates

    October 5 — January 15

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Our Fall Cohort

Building the Future of Work

The new labor economy is here and with it are fundamental shifts that impact the nature and life-cycle of the traditional professional journey. Though the past decade has brought significant technology advancements that help humans work more efficiently and share and organize information with ease, it has created a society weary of automation and one searching for purpose and wellbeing in an increasingly dynamic labor economy. The Fall 2020 Future of Work cohort is a group of founders passionate about bringing innovation and vision to New Work Environments, Lifelong Learning, Redefining the Resume, & Wellbeing at Work.

Meet our Fall Cohort

Human Ventures’ Thesis on the Future of Work

  • Alex Chumbley

    Alex Chumbley

  • Alfonso Carney

    Alfonso Carney

  • Aravindh Dorai

    Aravindh Dorai

  • Emma Harris

    Emma Harris

  • Georges Clement

    Georges Clement

  • James Knupfer

    James Knupfer

  • Lisa Decarlo

    Lisa Decarlo

  • Lisa Shalett

    Lisa Shalett

  • Maddy Nguyen

    Maddy Nguyen

  • Manon Defelice

    Manon Defelice

  • Markell Baldwin

    Markell Baldwin

  • Melissa Tran

    Melissa Tran

  • Richard Hill

    Richard Hill

  • Ryan Sydnor

    Ryan Sydnor

  • Suchit Tuli

    Suchit Tuli

  • Winson Wong

    Winson Wong

Our Spring Cohort

Building the future of Health & Wellness

Transformational changes in technology, consumer attitudes, and cultural values are driving profound shifts in behaviors around healthy lifestyles, fitness, nutrition, food & beverage, and mental health. The Spring 2020 cohort of Humans in the Wild are passionate about bringing innovation and vision to these broad areas and are building solutions in a wide range of categories including physical health, mental health, women’s health, skin care, nutrition, and sleep.

Read about the success of our first health and wellness cohort.

  • Michelle Park

    Michelle Park

  • Martin Strutz

    Martin Strutz

  • Janine Silvera

    Janine Silvera

  • Osman Khan

    Osman Khan

  • Rania Nasis

    Rania Nasis

  • Alex Gould

    Alex Gould

  • Dan Miller

    Dan Miller

  • Hilary Lin

    Hilary Lin

  • Michael Blank

    Michael Blank

  • Taylor Majewski

    Taylor Majewski

  • Chening Duker

    Chening Duker

  • Humans in the Wild is Human Ventures’ program for experienced entrepreneurs looking to build their next big thing. The name “In the Wild” stems from a pivotal point in a founder’s career when they are about to embark upon their next entrepreneurial journey — and we’ve created an environment and community to speed them along.

    Our 100-day, no-equity program provides participants with expert strategic advice, a rich peer community, and access to Human Ventures’ founder and investor network. During the 100 days, you will leverage the program’s resources and the support of your cohort to transform ideas and concepts into actionable businesses -- with the potential for pre-seed investment from Human Ventures at the end of the program.

    The first Humans in the Wild program launched in April 2020 with a focus on health and wellness. Our second Humans in the Wild program is running during the Fall of 2020, supporting entrepreneurs focused on the Future of Work.

  • The cost? Free. Equity split? None. We just ask for dedicated commitment to our program, support for your peer entrepreneurs, and engagement with our Venture team to assess potential fit for follow-on investment.

    We expect you to bring a full-time commitment to building your concept during the 13-week program. Each week, there are 5-6 hours of required programming. Additionally, we expect you to work on your concept for at least 30 hours per week. 

  • Human Ventures is a business creation platform. We go beyond the business model and seek opportunities to build Model Businesses with ambitious founders who are innovating around Human Needs. By unlocking access to a powerful network of founders, investors and corporate partners, we are creating a blueprint for the future of business to be built on purpose.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Human Ventures offers an exciting curriculum and set of experiences to make your 100-day journey enriching and productive, with the aim of empowering you to exit the program with momentum around a single startup idea.

    Humans in the Wild will help you get there through 3 key program elements:

    • Learning: Human Ventures provides workshops, strategic mentoring, peer review critiques, and 1-1 professional coaching sessions. These are led by a mix of Human Ventures team members, industry experts, investors, and peers. Curriculum will cover customer discovery, product strategy, early go-to-market, fundraising, leadership, and other aspects related to early-stage builds.  At a minimum, each week you’ll meet with your peer group for joint problem solving, consult with a Human Ventures advisor for work planning and strategic guidance, and attend a learning workshop led by Human Ventures staff or outside experts.
    • Community: Founders will have access to a rich peer community of fellow entrepreneurs who serve as thought and accountability partners. These entrepreneurs range across the founder’s cohort, previous Humans in the Wild cohorts, and Human Ventures portfolio company founders. 
    • Industry Access: Founders gain access to Human Ventures’ deep industry network to help with concept development, mentoring, recruiting, and fundraising.

    Given this wide set of programming, and the value we anticipate entrepreneurs to offer their peer group, we expect you to bring a full-time commitment to building your concept during the program (eg at least 30 hours per week).

  • We are looking for extraordinary individuals with demonstrated entrepreneurial and leadership experience. In some cases, this will mean second-time founders. In others, this will mean emerging leaders who have managed product development or business functions at high-growth startups, propelled dynamic functions at larger companies as an ‘intrapreneur,’ or built non-profit or other types of organizations from scratch.

    We will build a dynamic cohort for Humans in the Wild, thoughtfully composed of a rich diversity of professional experiences, personal backgrounds, and skill sets. We include both technical and business-oriented founders in our program. We expect most program participants to be solo founders. If you are a team of two co-founders, please submit one application and include both of your names in the application. In most cases, we will only have one co-founder participate in the program.

    Human Ventures is committed to diversity and inclusion, which are values we apply not only to our application screening but also within our team, portfolio and entrepreneur communities.

  • Humans in the Wild is designed for early-stage entrepreneurs who have an MVP or a strong hypothesis on what they want to build in the cohort focus area.

    Applicants should be able to articulate a core business, product or service idea that addresses ‘problem spaces’ within the cohort focus area that they are eager to solve, assess unmet consumer demand, or identify legacy services that need to be blown up and redesigned from scratch.

  • At the end of the program, we plan to offer a few participants pre-seed investment of at least $250K to support the next stage of their journey. These entrepreneurs will also be invited to continue working with the Human Ventures team by engaging in deeper collaboration with our in-house business design, product design, talent and finance/administrative team resources. Accepting Human Ventures funding at the end of the program is not required.

  • Human Ventures is a New York City-based venture fund and startup studio backing and building companies. We invest in humans first, partnering with the best founders and placing them in an unparalleled ecosystem of company builders and resources for growth.

    Human Ventures has been a long-standing supporter of entrepreneurs innovating in the Human Needs Economy. Examples of startups we’ve helped build and fund include Current, Tiny Organics, Paloma, Village, Lupii, Weldon, Tia, Electra Health, Hazel and Milo.

    Human Ventures has been partnering with and supporting early-stage entrepreneurs since 2015. We are proud of our rich portfolio of businesses creating value in the world. 

  • We expect most program participants to be solo founders. If you are a team of two co-founders, please submit one application and include both of your names in the application. In most cases, we will only have one co-founder participate in the program.

  • We can help founders the most when they are targeting US-based companies. If you have a company outside the US, you must target US clients to be considered for the program. 

Any other questions? Please reach out to wild@human.vc