Located in the heart of San Francisco, Founders Embassy is the first two-week-long, equity-free, immersive acceleration program designed exclusively to help international entrepreneurs gain access to Silicon Valley. Applicants come from over 50 countries and the top 2% of founders are invited to participate in a custom-built curriculum, inclusive of workshops, roundtable discussions, investor and mentor meetings, and networking opportunities. The culminating event, Demo Night, is an opportunity for the class to pitch in front of hundreds of Silicon Valley-based investors for the first time. Applications are open on a rolling basis at www.foundersembassy.com/apply.
Unlike typical accelerators and incubators, Founders Embassy focuses on elevating, inspiring, and educating international and immigrant founders by offering them unprecedented access to Silicon Valley through its immersive acceleration programs, impactful events, and thought leadership - all without any exchange of equity.
Founders Embassy's mission is to democratize access to Silicon Valley for the most talented international startups that lack the privilege of insider connections and resources needed in order to leverage the skills they already have in order to build world-class companies.
We believe that radical inclusiveness will drive far greater outcomes than ever before and it starts with bringing people together from diverse backgrounds to solve the world's most consequential problems.
Acceleration Programs & Impactful Events
Founders Embassy is designed to be a "home away from home" for global entrepreneurs whether they are visiting founders from another country or immigrant founders living in the U.S.
FOUNDERS EMBASSY ACCELERATION PROGRAM
Multiple times a year, Founders Embassy brings small classes of founders from diverse backgrounds to Silicon Valley for a rigorous two-week acceleration program. Representing different countries and living together under one roof in the heart of San Francisco, founders connect with thought leaders and offer feedback to one another while receiving coaching from Silicon Valley mentors, experts, and investors.
Our speakers, mentors, advisors, and coaches represent some of Silicon Valley's most successful entrepreneurs, VCs, and experts in their respective industries. They offer their expertise to founders as a way to "pay it forward", or give back to the entrepreneurial ecosystem of their home country or simply because they believe that an understanding of the Silicon Valley mindset is essential in the advancement of global entrepreneurship.
Partners & Resources
There are countless organizations worldwide hoping to understand, leverage and connect with Silicon Valley. Our global network of Ambassadors around the world are our eyes and ears in their respective startup ecosystems, providing insight into the best global companies to participate in our acceleration programs. In addition to our Ambassadors, our local and global partners offer invaluable resources to entrepreneurs including legal and immigration advice, financial support, and other tools to help them succeed.
WHY FOUNDERS EMBASSY?
BORDERLESS BY DESIGN: We are industry agnostic and welcome international founders from all over the world. We have applicants from over 50 countries and growing!
INTENSIVE: Spend just 2 weeks in San Francisco instead of 12 weeks or 6 months of your valuable time and resources. Get the same coaching, mentorship, and networking opportunities in a more focused manner at an accelerated pace. Accelerators should be accelerated, right?
0% EQUITY: We don't take any equity from our companies! Instead, it's a one-time tuition fee that covers living expenses during the program. Don't take ~100K for ~10% of your company for an accelerator - that's expensive cash!
BESPOKE CURRICULUM: Content for each individual program is curated based on the needs and objectives of the companies in the class. No two companies are alike so why should curriculum be?
MENTORSHIP: Founders meet and work with over 60 Founders Embassy Thought Leaders who are Silicon Valley-based executives, technical, and business leaders committed to helping international startups succeed. The Valley trades on Social Capital - you should start building it now!
SMALL CLASS SIZE: Classes are kept intentionally small (only up to 15 founders) to allow intimate and relevant discussions all day, every day for the full 2 weeks. You'll be surprised to find that founders all over the world often face similar challenges in building their companies.
UNIQUE SPACES: Our goal is to bring international founders from different backgrounds and cultures under one roof. That roof may be a warehouse, a church, or even a tent! We believe in the power of an environment in creating transformative experiences.