FOUNDERS EMBASSY ACCELERATION PROGRAM
An equity-free two-week bootcamp-style acceleration program for early-stage international and immigrant entrepreneurs, designed to be a fast-paced, immersive look into Silicon Valley
two WEEKS IN SILICON VALLEY
Founders will participate in an intensive two weeks of programming, workshops, and mentorship during their stay.
Up to 15 gLOBAL FOUNDERS
Each founder represents a different country, or region, bringing unique perspectives, questions and ideas to the collective.
under one roof
Entrepreneurs stay together under one roof in the heart of San Francisco, allowing them to immerse themselves into the ecosystem as a community.
Fall 2018: November 1st - 15th, 2018
Winter 2019: February 20th - March 6th, 2019
How it works
- Multiple times a year, Founders Embassy brings small classes of founders from all over the world to stay under the same roof in the heart of San Francisco, learning from one another while receiving coaching from Silicon Valley thought leaders.
- Participation in Founders Embassy Acceleration Program is by invitation only and founders are required to apply.
- Founders Embassy does *not* take equity and does not invest directly into the participating companies; however, it does facilitate introductions to Silicon Valley's investor community and help founders prepare for such meetings.
- There is no fee to apply for the program, though if you are selected to participate in the program, there is an associated all-inclusive program fee which includes tuition, accommodation, meals, and other program-related activities during the two weeks.
- Founders Embassy is industry-agnostic and *not* focused on any sector or vertical in particular. Any company that fits the criteria below is welcome to apply!
- All applications are reviewed by a selection committee determining whether or not they are a good fit for the program.
Who should apply
- Early-stage tech-enabled startups with a solid team, a Minimum Viable Product, and good traction are the best candidates for the program.
- A startup should already have some funding raised (think Seed) and be preparing to raise a VC round of funding at the moment of applying for the program. If a startup has been bootstrapped but the rest of the criteria have been met, it can still qualify.
- To qualify for the program, it is *not* required for the startup to be based outside of the U.S. However, if the company is based in the U.S., we do require for one of the founders to be either an international citizen or an immigrant living in the U.S.
Silicon Valley remains the epicenter of technological innovation worldwide and there is a mindset around startup acceleration that is unparalleled in other ecosystems. More than 1/3rd of global value creation in exits is still captured right here in Silicon Valley.* We believe that there should be tangible outcome from acceleration programs so ultimately, these entrepreneurs will leave with four things:
- An individualized blueprint to guide company growth
- A genuine understanding of the "Silicon Valley" startup mindset and ecosystem
- Coaches and mentors to break down doors in Silicon Valley and provide support
- A network of likeminded entrepreneurs, Silicon Valley thought leaders and investors, and an open invitation to a "home away from home" upon return to San Francisco as a member of Founders Embassy
Founders Embassy has recently been featured in TechCrunch, Forbes, and other press. Read more here.
Every day of the two-week program will be filled with topic-specific workshops, 1:1 mentorship sessions, guest expert discussions, and endless networking opportunities. No two Founders Embassy Acceleration Programs are alike. The content that goes into each program is highly customized based on the challenges participating founders are facing, including but not limited to:
Financial Capital - Types of capital, how to engage with and pitch investors, and understand why you are fundraising
Human Capital - Hiring and maintaining talent, recruiting tips and resources, employee engagement, etc.
- Diversity - When and how to take diversity seriously at the early stages of growth
- Social Capital - How to build and leverage your network in Silicon Valley
- Mentorship - 1:1 mentor sessions
- Growth - Guidance through various stages of growth with respect to operations, human resources, sales, etc.
- Sales & Marketing - A rigorous sales and marketing bootcamp - how it's done in the Valley
- Banking, Legal, and Immigration Services - On a case-by-case basis for companies considering relocating to Silicon Valley
FOUNDERS EMBASSY ALUMNI
See what our alumni have to say here
Founders Embassy Summer 2018 Class
BACKPACKER COLLEGE (Waterloo, Ontario): The go-to destination for travelers to find affordable accommodations and great experiences in every college/university community in the world.
BUSSI (Mexico City, Mexico): The vanpooling platform for commuters that creates crowdsourced routes to build reliable on-demand transportation.
LOADME (Dubai, UAE): The First Transporters Market in the Middle East that connects load owners with available trucks in their area.
MYRA MIRRORS (USA; Poland): Myra Mirrors seeks to redefine augmented reality, and change the way developers create apps for smart surfaces.
STEMN (Sydney, Australia): The Open Source Network for Science and Engineering. Cloud native developer tools for team collaboration.
**A recap of our Summer 2018 Program can be found here including all major takeaways and lessons learned.