Blackbox Connect, our flagship two-week residential program in Silicon Valley, is open to global startup founders seeking to hone their craft of entrepreneurship, amplify their drive, and fortify the foundation of their startup.

Together with a hand-picked cohort of startup founders from across the globe, Blackboxers are hosted at Fact0ry, a San Francisco-based innovation hub where talent from around the world gathers to disrupt their thinking and create the future.

Two weeks is just enough time for entrepreneurs to experience a profound mindset shift that elevates their personal and professional lives.

Our team enables this transformation by leveraging the best of Silicon Valley—its people, its wisdom, and its culture—to connect founders to their own greatness.

Browse our network of speakers and mentors.

 

Blackbox Connect #18 (Female Founders Edition) will take place May 15-26, 2017 and is exclusively available to founders nominated by a Google for Entrepreneurs network partner.

Blackbox Connect #19 will take place August 14-25, 2017 and is an open-application program. All eligible founders are encouraged to apply!


Why should you apply?

When you participate in Blackbox Connect, you become a member of a global community of top-notch entrepreneurs and value-aligned organizations. As a Blackboxer, you’ll receive access to key resources available only to members of our trusted network. We don’t just help entrepreneurs play the startup game better, we help them play a better game as globally-connected engines of growth. These two weeks are about becoming a more resilient entrepreneur connected to a support network that spans every corner of the globe.

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Program Curriculum Highlights

Week 1
  • Decoding Silicon Valley
  • Removing Startup Risk
  • Crafting Startup Narratives
  • Networking in Silicon Valley
  • Confronting Key Challenges
  • Aligning Culture and Strategy
  • Identifying Opportunities for Growth
Week 2
  • Clarify Your Entrepreneurial Vision
  • How to Think About Fundraising
  • Mentoring from Industry Experts
  • Managing Change & Pivoting
  • Scaling Leadership as Startups Grow
  • Showcase Your Startup to Silicon Valley
  • Implementing Change

What is the Blackbox Connect experience?

From the moment you step through the door, you are taken out of your day-to-day grind and immersed in the world of Silicon Valley. Throughout week one, the Blackbox experience that gives you the space, freedom, and agency to step back and reevaluate your startup—and your role as its founder.

Together with our top-tier network of advisors, mentors, and speakers, we build a foundation of trust that allows you to tackle key challenges in your vision, team, product, market, business, and culture. Your peers in the program—global entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds, nationalities, and sectors—will provide fresh perspectives that open new possibilities for growth, both personally and professionally.

In week two, we connect your drive as an entrepreneur to a legacy worth creating. You will learn from and be inspired by role models, mentors, and each other. Once you have renewed your sense of purpose, we give you the opportunity to showcase who you are, what you are building, and why it matters to Silicon Valley investors, entrepreneurs, and industry experts who can help your startup grow. As the program comes to a close, we take time to solidify the relationships formed and discoveries made over the past two weeks, ensuring that the impact of your Blackbox experience continues to reveal itself for years to come.

Participation Requirements

Blackbox Connect is for startup founders only. Everyone must commit to full participation in the two week residential program.

Basic Requirements:
  • You are a founder of your startup
  • Your startup has launched a product or service that has engaged customers or users
  • You must be proficient in English
Preferred Requirements:
  • You are the founder and CEO of your startup

What happens after the program?

Our commitment to you doesn’t end after the program. You will be connected to a global network that offers lifelong support and opportunities for collaboration,. We provide a range of follow-on services to Blackboxers, from mentor and investor matchmaking, to alumni networking events, to board member identification, and much more.

What are the results?

Our network of 350 Blackboxers spans more than 60 countries and six continents and continues to grow—one relationship at a time. Over 90 percent of startups founded by Blackboxers continue to grow and thrive, nine companies have exited, and the majority have come full-circle by taking on new leadership roles in their startup communities.