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
Participation in our FounderScore
Entry into the sFoundation startup ecosystem
Connections to mentors, advisers, partners, sponsors, and investors through the sFoundation network
A very active WhatsApp alumni group
A chance to participate in our FounderScore Premium program
A chance to participate in our AngelScore program
A chance to participate in our Private Deal Flow events
2. When does the next accelerator cohort start?
The next cohort (2020-Q4) will start on September 28, 2020, and ends on November 2, 2020.
The application deadline is September 15, 2020.
We only accept 25 startups for this cohort.
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?
Beginning Q4 the fees for the cohort starting on July 6, 2020:
Package 1 - $99 per team member - For Tuesday and Wednesday training sessions, plus AccelScore.
Package 2 - $199 per team member. All of package 1, plus Thursday peer session and weekly group session with a mentor.
Package 3 - $999 per startup. All of package 2, plus weekly individual sessions with an assigned mentor, and AccelScore with feedback & advise sessions.
For options 1 and 2, acceptance into the program is based on approval. A limit of 25 spots per cohort.
* 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. When does the next incubator cohort start?
The next cohort (2020-M9) will start on September 1, 2020.
The application deadline is August 24, 2020.
We only accept 15 startups for this cohort.
8. How much will it cost to join the incubator program?
Beginning M9 the fees for the incubator cohort will be $59.
9. 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.
10. Will you provide an initial funding?
Not at this time, though we may invest in qualified startup(s) after the end of each cohort.
11. 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.
12. Will you sign an NDA?
No, though we are committed to an informal confidentiality agreement on your idea and application.
13. Can you sponsor my visa?