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.
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.
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.
Leveling the playing field for underrepresented and resource challenged entrepreneurs outside Silicon Valley
Must have received customer or user feedback
Attending founder must be proficient in English
Attending founder must hold full time executive role
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.
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.
For the program fee of $15,000, we arrange flights to Silicon Valley, transport between venue and airport, accommodation, program and all meals during weekdays.
If you need financial assistance, mention it with your application and we'll assess the opportunity when we conduct the first interview round.