Jill Salzman

Jill is growing her third entrepreneurial venture, The Founding Moms, the first kid-friendly collective of meetups for mom entrepreneurs. She enjoys kloofing, and erasing her daughters’ crayon artwork from the kitchen walls.


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What are you most excited about teaching?

I'm pretty pumped to bring focus to the marketing side of Starter School. Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone is capable of telling it well. And most entrepreneurs don't pay enough attention to this side of things until it's a bit too late. If I can teach our students to tell a great story about their brand, and to think about branding on the whole from a narrative perspective, we'll all be happy campers.

What expectations will you have of your students?

Ideally the students we work with will be in it to win it. They'll know that we're here to help them -- not the other way around. Every student learns differently but bringing serious energy to the classroom is a must across the board. As is knowing how to use a computer.

What have you been working on lately?

We're hoping to have our first global conference at the end of 2014, so I'm hard at work putting all the logistics together right now. And t-shirts! We have t-shirts! I've run The Founding Moms for three years but until now, we never had t-shirts. Sometimes it's the little things that can make a big difference…



Tuition for Starter School is $12,000 per quarter, excluding housing, materials, and personal expenses. A refundable deposit of $3,000 will be required in order to confirm your acceptance. One week before the start of each quarter a payment of $12,000 must be made. For example, the Winter quarter begins on January 6, so a payment of $12,000 would be due no later than December 30.

Cost Breakdown
Fall quarter -$12,000
Winter quarter $12,000
Spring quarter $12,000
Total $24,000

Do you offer loans and scholarships?

Currenty we don't offer loans or financial aid. However, we are actively working with loan providers and the government to make Starter School more affordable. In the meantime, please reach out to us at so we can learn more about your situation.

How have other students financed their tuition?

Our students have creatively raised funds for Starter School in numberous ways. They've sourced online donations, secured company sponsorship, created friends and family loans, and even sold their cars. The students who have given up the most tend to get the most out of the program. They treat it like a serious, life-changing investment— which is exactly what it is.

A New Way to Pay For Starter School

We are excited to announce a partnership with Upstart, a platform that allows individuals to get financial investment to pursue their dream careers. This partnership allows current students and future Starter School students to raise funding for Starter School tuition.

Here are the requirements to qualify for Upstart:

  1. You must be a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident currently living in the US
  2. Be at least 18 years old;
  3. Have a valid e-mail account;
  4. Have a verifiable name, date of birth, and social security number
  5. Have graduated from a 4-year (bachelor's degree) accredited college in 1995 or later or be accepted by and soon to enroll in a 4-year accredited (bachelor's degree) college;
  6. Have an account at a U.S. financial institution with a routing transit number; and
  7. Meet our minimum credit requirements.