A four-week program that teaches you to launch your project and build a community around it.

Who This is For

If you'd like to:

  • crowdfund a project
  • prototype a startup idea
  • build a community
  • or anything in between

we challenge you to launch it as a $1,000 Project.

$1,000 Project

A $1,000 Project is designed to generate at least $1,000 in revenue within a month's time.

It could be something you make, a service you provide, a program or event people will experience, or something completely different.

It may be the first step towards building recurring revenue, a way to test an idea that could become a bigger business, or simply be a form of creative expression.

A good $1,000 project is ambitious but practical and can be launched quickly. Ideally, it is repeatable, profitable, and something that leads to generating a supportive community around the work itself.

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The Program

Orbital 1K is a four-week program that provides accountability, critique, and a community of support as you launch your $1,000 Project, while teaching you about constraints, building networks and the iterative process along the way.

Class meets twice a week Tuesdays (7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28)and Thursdays (7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30) in either the daytime (10am - noon ET) or evening (7pm - 9pm ET).

At the conclusion of the program, attendees will have access to an online network for continued support.

The program is led by Gary Chou, Christina Xu, Nick Barr and members of Orbital, all with extensive experience at launching projects.

Cost: $1,000 per person.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We will close applications on Tuesday, June 16th at 11:59pm or once the cohorts have been filled. Each cohort will consist of 10-12 people.


In a world of networks, it's never been easier for individuals to explore new ideas and to create new narratives for themselves.

But getting started is never easy, even for the most experienced creators.

Negotiating the ambition of our vision with the reality of our constraints is critical to successfully launching our ideas into the world.

And like most lessons, the best way to learn is by doing.


Since 2012, the $1,000 Project has been taught as part of the Entrepreneurial Design course at School of Visual Arts MFA in Interaction Design Program.

It has informed similar approaches at Austin Center for Design (Learning Entrepreneurial Hustle), Academy of Art University (Things I Wish I Had Known As a Musician), and more, while spurring industry discussion on building successful startups.

Founded by Gary Chou, Orbital is an independent space to "explore the unknown path of creative ideas." Orbital's members span a wide range of disciplines, and its programs include an expert network, monthly product and design critiques, and a boot camp for side projects.

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