Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long is the startup accelerator program?
Our accelerator program is eight weeks long and includes the following:
Tuesday and Wednesday weekly training sessions
Thursday weekly Founders' Group sessions
Weekly one-hour 1-on-1 session with an outside mentor
Weekly 1/2-hour 1-on-1 session with an internal sFoundation mentor(s)
Participation in our AccelScore (with valuable feedback)
Participation in the end-of-cohort Pitch Night event
Entry into the sFoundation startup ecosystem
Connections to mentors, advisers, partners, sponsors, and investors through the sFoundation network
A very active Alumni WhatsApp support group
A possibility to participate in our AngelScore program
A chance to participate in our Private Deal Flow events
2. When is the next cohort starting?
The next cohort (2020 Spring Cohort) will start on April 6, 2020, and ends on May 31, 2020. The cohort will consist of about ten startups.
The application deadline is April 5, 2020.
3. I have submitted my application before, do I need to re-submit for this cohort?
4. What happens after I have submitted the preliminary application?
After you have submitted your application, we will contact you if you are selected to move on to the interview stage of our application process.
5. How much will it cost to join the accelerator program?
For the Q2 cohort, the fee is $997.
Beginning Q3 the fees for the cohort starting in July 6, 2020:
$1,000 - register before June 1, 2020
$1,100 - register before June 15, 2020
$1,200 - register before July 5, 2020
* We do not charge any application fees.
6. What is the difference between a regular cohort and a virtual cohort?
The only difference is whether you plan to participate in person vs participating virtually, otherwise, the program is the same for everyone.
7. Where is the cohort located?
We are located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA, However, due to COVID-19 all founders will participate virtually until further notice.
8. Will you provide an initial funding?
Not at this time, though we may invest in qualified startup(s) after the end of each cohort.
9. Will there be a demo/pitch night?
One week after the completion of the program we set aside a night for our founders to pitch their companies.
10. Will you sign an NDA?
No, though we are committed to an informal confidentiality agreement on your idea and application.
11. Can you sponsor my visa?
No, as long as you can come to the San Francisco Bay area for the duration of the 2-month cohort. We don't get involved in any visa applications.