Blackbox Connect

What is Blackbox Connect?

Blackbox Connect is a two-week, residential program designed to immerse international startup founders in the Silicon Valley culture. It will give you a foundation of knowledge and access to the expertise you need to expand your vision and scale your company globally.

During the program you will connect with and receive advice, feedback and perspectives on team composition, launched products, business and growth strategies from venture capitalists, successful founders, and game changing domain experts. With the small group size and intimate house environment, you will also forge valuable business relationships with other successful entrepreneurs from around the world.

Why should you apply?

When joining Blackbox Connect you will become a member of a global community of select entrepreneurs and key supporting organizations and get access to global resources unavailable anywhere else. We are a founder-focused accelerator with a network of alumni in more than 50 countries.

Selection Process

Most of the startups we choose are referred by our select partner organizations and through our network of ambassadors and alumni. The startups complete an online application; we conduct two rounds of video interviews to assess the customer/user feedback on the product, future plans and current challenges and of course proficiency in English.

We select 12 to 18 startups with one to two key founders and no more than two companies from one country at each program cycle. The program is offered quarterly, targeting 50% female founded companies.

Read what the Graduates have to say about Blackbox Connect

Program Curriculum Highlights

Interfacing with an Investor
  • Top Ten Mistakes Made in Business Plans
  • Short Building Elevator Pitching Preparation and Workshop
  • Perfecting Your Investor Pitch
  • How to Hold an Investor Meeting
  • Recruiting and Leveraging an Advisory Board

Basics of Venture Capital
  • Investment Options & Founder Vesting
  • Equity & Stock Options for Startup Founders
  • Introduction to Equity & Term Sheets
Born-Global Startups
  • Building the Core Team, Recruiting and Scaling
  • Raising Money in Silicon Valley
  • First Hand Founders Success Stories
  • Setting up official US presence for international startup
  • Legal & Financial Issues of Born-Global Startups

Quality Networking Events
  • Lunches and dinners with local SV community members
  • Attend other select happening events in Silicon Valley
  • Demo/Pitch event to investors followed by dinner event
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Selection Criteria:

  • We focus on international startups
  • Leveling the playing field for underrepresented and resource challenged entrepreneurs outside Silicon Valley

  • Startup must have launched a product
  • Must have received customer or user feedback

  • Proficiency in English
  • Attending founder must be proficient in English

  • For original founders only
  • Attending founder must hold full time executive role

What happens after the program?

Our commitment to you doesn’t end after the program, you will be connected to a trusted network that offers lifelong support, collaboration, and strategic cooperation. Work and living space will be available to you in the heart of Silicon Valley at a very discounted rate. Founders that are ready to set up presence in the US and fundraise can join our Blackbox Accelerate program.

What are the results?

We have a community of 300 entrepreneurs, founders of 200 international startups. 90 % of our alumni startups continue to grow and scale up their businesses, 43 % of the companies have raised another round after participating in Blackbox Connect and one got acquired.