Being accepted into the prestigious Founders Space as one among 10-12 startups globally was a true honor for us. It turned out to be a superb experience overall, in terms of focusing on the right aspects of the business and staying lean. I would recommend the program to any startup that wants to take their game to the next level.
The Founder Space program is an outstanding resource for first time founders like us. The program helps cultivate a variety of skills critical for every startup, including developing the right product-market-fit and business model as well as delivering a compelling elevator and 3 minute pitch. Although the two-weeks fly by in a daze of myriad video lectures, mentor sessions, and speakers, knowledge gained from the program will guide our business for years to come.
Thanks for TIEC helping Theia to Founders Space Program. TIEC is the accelerator that bridges Taiwan Startups and the US market. Thanks for Founders Space, we learned a lot from the very intense 2-week program.
Joining Founders Space was an invaluable experience for me. Not only did I learn a lot from the many resource materials and lessons, I was also immediately immersed in the local network of mentors and professionals in Silicon Valley. They have many years experience in the startup world. Everybody was eager to help and share their own knowledge and experience. I received more contacts in the intense two weeks program than I could ever normally get in a month!
We picked Founders Space because we wanted an incubator that understood what it means to be a global start up from the ground-up. The two weeks helped clarify our sales strategy, our investor pitch and gave us perspective on the Silicon Valley ecosystem. It also put us in a place with energized, hard-working and focused founders from around the world. Finally, the pitch day opened up some doors we are hoping to take advantage of. Thanks to the Founders Space team for the experience!
Participating at the Founders Space accelerator program was a one in a lifetime experience. Especially coming from overseas, it helped us a lot to learn and understand the business environment in the US.
Captain Hoff and Naomi have compiled a tremendous schedule. The variety of lectures, mentoring by very experienced serial entrepreneurs and information sessions about outsourcing activities during your early start-up phase, was a perfect combination of all you need to know, in order to succeed in Silicon Valley; even more we also received valuable input for our overall strategy and improvement ideas for the European market.
Thank you Founders Space for a priceless opportunity to get into the inner circles of the Silicon Valley network.
The rigor of top Silicon Valley introductions, classes on business development, fund-raising, and go-to-market strategy, and all finally culminating in a grand pitch event make participating in Founders Space a key milestone for any startup. Founders Space does not offer funding like other accelerators in the valley. Though, its value is made up in the resources Captain Hoff and his team bring to your startup. I enjoyed meeting like minded entrepreneurs at the accelerator and gaining exposure to the newest ideas in tech. I thank the Founder Space team tremendously for a fine program.
First off, we’d like to thank TIEC for connecting Cherri Tech to Founders Space Program. TIEC is the top-tier accelerator that bridges Taiwan-based startups that are planning to expand into the US market.
I’m the CEO of Cherri Tech, Inc. Our product TapPay is an SDK that allows developers to utilize our patented high-frequency sound wave technology for financial transactions that are turnkey and device agnostic. In short, we are the Apple/Android Pay that works across all credit card terminals. Yes, that means your 7-year old smartphone can be used for mobile payments.
First of all, I really want to thank Steve Hoffman and Naomi Kokubo. They built up a fantastic place for all the startups, which is filled with enthusiasm and passion.
I really had a great time at Founders Space. Before Founders Space, I experienced other accelerator programs as a mentor and a mentee. My three week experience at Founders Space blew my mind.
My team was very lucky to be a part of Founders Space. During the intensive two weeks program, we have learned how to address the market, how to build strategy and how to communicate with investors.
You actually get a lot of helpful advice not only from Steve Austin, Captain Hoff and Naomi but also from mentors coming from different background.
I highly recommend this program to all the entrepreneurs.
CEO of SPRYFIT
The honest, critical mentoring and feedback we received at Founders Space accelerated our company by months, if not years. We were able to modify our story so we found the best product-market-fit for our technology. There are many components that go into making a start-up successful, and Founders Space helps you cultivate all of them. These include, the problem you are addressing, the solution, the benefits, the market, business model and finally the team.
The 2-week experience at Founders Space was worth its cost in spades. The knowledge we gained from the teachers and mentors truly accelerated our start-up, I believe, at least a year in terms of finding clarity and focused direction, that we simply could not find here in Canada.
They say Canadians are nice, but I think Silicon Valley-ers are super friendly eh! The contacts we met and were connected to were extremely helpful and open. Definitely would recommend any foreign Start-Ups to join Founders Space.
Forget about 3-months accelerators. Founders Space gives you in 2 weeks more than any other. This program prepares you for the real startup life so that you’ll understand exactly how the things work in the Silicon Valley. It was an exhausting, stressful and intense adventure, but I don’t regret anything.
Co-founder & CEO of neoEYED
First of all, I would like to personally thank Steven Hoffman, Naomi Kokubo, and Steve Austin for the great program and amazing arrangement at Founders Space.
I know Steven Hoffman since 2013 even before he started Founders Space and remember him telling me about his plan and showing me the space when it was still empty. Since then the time passed. I quit my job in VC business and decided to build my own startup.
It was a great opportunity when we met Captain Hoff and joined the Founders Space startup boot camp in Taipei. He invited us to join the “Accelerator + Incubator Program” at Founders Space in San Francisco, and it really worked for our startup in short period of time.
This program was the best turning point in our view of our business. The concrete teachings and the eye-opening feedback were definitely helpful. All the lectures helped our pitch to improve and become understandable to VCs. I feel this is critical for every startup company because you need to raise the money for your next steps!
This program transformed me from a function-oriented engineer into a real developer, who understands our customers and can help them go their right way.
Founders Space and its 2 week program was intense and helpful. As a company that seeks to establish our business in the US market, Founders Space provided an accelerating program that perfectly fit our needs and gave me a lot of confidence in expanding our business to the global market.
The Founders Space accelerator + incubator was an awesome experience that is definitely a must-do for any startup ready to dive into the world of Silicon Valley funding. Unlike many longer accelerators, the short and intense Founders Space program is perfect for entrepreneurs from outside the Valley who are looking to get the most value for their time and money.
Founders Space was a great experience that I would definitely recommend.
The teachers were awesome, and they all provided unique perspectives that were really valuable. We learned how to really clarify our pitch, think about the psychological aspects of marketing, get product feedback, and a lot more.
The two weeks were jam packed. The other peer companies were first rate and all great to work with. In addition, Founders Space is committed to our company’s success and they are continuing to invite us to relevant events and to use their office space in China moving forward.
Two weeks of focus. Most startup founders live in a world full of distractions, and this is the most productive break from those distractions that I could envision.
This is a great experience for both new founders and those that have been through the grind before. Founders Space covers everything from go-to-market strategy and cap tables to using cognitive science to tune your marketing content.