Founders Space is ranked a Top 10 Accelerator in Forbes and Inc. Magazine.
This page describes our San Francisco Program. For details about China, please contact Heather at email@example.com
Do you want the program to end right after Pitch Day? Of course not. But that’s also when most accelerator programs end, leaving startups on their own. With Founders Space, we allow you to attend our events, lectures and workshops in San Francisco whenever we have them for up to 12 months.
Isn’t this more work for Founders Space? Yes, but it’s the right way to run an accelerator. This leads to better outcomes, and we win when our startups win!
• NOTE: Classes, workshops & sessions will vary depending on availability of mentors
Can I work out of your space?
Yes, from 9 am – 6 pm on weekdays, you’re free to use the desks in Founders Space while you’re enrolled in the intensive 2-week program. If you require a permanent space for your startup with 24/7 access, you can rent a private office or desk upstairs.
What if I haven’t incorporated yet?
Just use the name you intend to incorporate under and your home address. It will be treated as a sole proprietorship, and then you can incorporate at a later time and change the address, if necessary.
Can you help me get a U.S. Visa to enter the United States?
The easiest thing to do is to apply for a business Visa to enter the United States. If you need a letter of admittance into the program, we’d be happy to provide you with that. We can also recommend an immigration attorney who specializes in U.S. Visas. Keep in mind that you must cover the cost of hiring your attorney and applying for a Visa.
How does mentoring work at Founders Space?
Mentors come into Founders Space and give lectures to our batch of startups on topics like fund raising, convertible notes, marketing, PR and growth hacking. These are interactive sessions where the startups are encouraged to ask questions. We also schedule one-on-one mentoring sessions, where we invite a number of mentors into Founders Space and have them give individual feedback to each of the startups.
How do I find housing?
• Startup Basecamp – contact Guillaume at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention Founders Space
• Zeus – contact email@example.com or 415-856-9387 and mention Founders Space
• Looky Home – contact them at 415-515-9876 and mention Founders Space
• StartupHouse – contact firstname.lastname@example.org and mention Founders Space
• StartupCrashpad – contact Sanita at email@example.com and mention Founders Space
• 20Mission – contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention Founders Space
• 1412 Market St. – contact Ari King at email@example.com and mention Founders Space
• Embassy Network – contact them and mention Founders Space
• And, of course, you can try Live Lovely, CraigsList, HomeSuite & Airbnb
What are my chances of getting funded?
We routinely invite investors to Founders Space to meet with our startups. We also offer pitch events throughout the year. If you have a strong startup with traction and know what to do, raising capital in Silicon Valley isn’t hard. We increase your chances of getting funded, but it’s impossible for us to tell you exactly what your odds are. That is something no one really knows.
Can you help me incorporate my startup in the United States?
We can provide you with sample templates for incorporating your company in the United States. We can also recommend experienced startup lawyers who can help you at a discounted price.
Do you cover my costs, including food, housing, travel and expenses?
You are responsible for all your own costs.
What if I can’t make it to the program for some reason, like an illness?
As long as we’re offering the Founders Space Accelerator Program and have space available, you can attend a later session. Let’s say you signed up for the August session but can’t make it because you get sick. In this case, you can join a later batch. You can also access all the online course materials and videos at any time, so don’t worry. We know that problems come up all the time with Visas, illnesses and family issues. We will do our best to accommodate you.
How do I connect with your investors?
We invite angel investors, corporate investors and VCs to come into Founders Space and meet with our startups. We don’t make personal introductions to investors. That’s not how our program is structured. Instead, our investors come to Founders Space to meet all of our startups on Pitch Day and other special days, and they will choose which of our startups they wish to invest in. Upon entering the program, no investment is made. Instead, as startups participate in the program, they’ll have opportunities to pitch investors and the best ones will receive funding.
How many startups do you have in the program?
We don’t have a set number of startups in the program. We only select the best startups each quarter. Some batches can be as few as 5 startups, and others can be 20 or more startups.
How many of your startups have successfully raised capital?
We’ve worked with hundreds of startups, and the majority of them have gone on to raise capital. We expect many of the startups graduating our program this year to raise funding within 12 months, but we cannot make any guarantees. It depends on your startup’s potential and the funding climate.
What is the deadline to apply to the program?
There is no deadline. We have rolling admissions. That said, space fills up, so you’ll need to apply in advance.
What types of investors show up on Pitch Day?
Here are some of the investors who came our previous Pitch Days:
Air Liquide Ventures (ALIAD)
AME Cloud Ventures
B Capital Group
Bain Capital Ventures
Band of Angels
BCCL Worldwide, Brand Capital
Benhamou Global Ventures, BGV
Berkeley Angel Network, South Bay Angels
Blue Run Ventures
Brand Capital (investment arm of Times Group)
BV Capital / eVentures
ClearPath Capital Partners
Compass Technology Partners
Doll Capital Management
Draper Fisher Jurvetson
E. ON SCI USA
Eleven Two Capital
Essential Angel Fund
Eumax Innovation Capital
Fenox Venture Capital
First Round Capital
Frost Data Capital
Garage Technology Ventures
Gateway Venture Partners
General Catalyst Partners
Global Innovator Fund
Hangzhou High-Tech Venture Investment
Highland Capital Partners
ICP Inventus Capital Partners
K Cube Ventures
LeEco (corporate investor)
Lux Capital Management
Motorola Solutions Venture Capital
Nautilus Venture Partners
New Angle Capital
New Enterprise Associates (NEA)
New Leaf Venture Partners
NewGen Venture Partners
Northern California Investment Fund
Norwest Venture Partners
Perfect World Ventures
Propel Venture Partners
Rubicon Venture Capital
Rungain Venture Capital
SAIC Capital / Shanghai Motors Ventures
Samsung Global Innovation Center
Sand Hill Angels
Scale Venture Partners
Screens for M&A
Startup Capital Ventures
TEEC Angel Fund
VantagePoint Capital Partner
Vertex Venture Holdings
Walden Venture Capital
Western Technology Investment
WestSummit Capital Management
WI Harper Group
Yun Family Enterprises
Zenity Asset Management
Zetta Venture Partners
And many more…