Through the application, we want to understand the following aspects: 1) your personal background, 2) what you are building, and 3) what are the objectives that you are striving to achieve during the three months in the SF Bay Area.
The program revolves around the objectives of the participant for the program. Our program provides value for startup teams at two different stages: 1) idea validation and 2) go-to-market/expansion stage. The objectives for the program could be related to the following:
Validating your business idea
Doing user testing
Gaining new perspectives & inspirations
Doing a Go-to-Market strategy
Expand to the US market
Qualities we are looking for
You are goal-oriented - as you set objectives for yourself, you put 100% focus on achieving them.
You are always ready to learn new things and interested in knowing how others perceive the world.
You are an aspiring entrepreneur or an entrepreneur with a well communicated agenda to be realized in Silicon Valley.
You believe in your ideas and are not afraid of standing out.
The application criteria
You are eligible to apply to the program if the following points check out:
You are 1-2 people team representing a startup or looking to found one (Note! If you’re applying with a two people team, each team member needs to submit an application for the program separately)
You have well-outlined objectives and a plan for the program. Guidelines for drafting plan as well as an example plan can be found from here
At least one of your team members are either 1) Finnish or 2) live in Finland
Everyone in your team is over 18 years old
You are able to cover the program participation fee (700€/person) and your living costs during the program which are estimated to be c. 800-1200€/month per participant (meaning food, public transportation, etc.)
You are able to either 1) apply for an ESTA or 2) have an existing visa to the US (e.g., B-1/B-2 visitor visa) for the duration of the program
Schedule for the S23 Program
Application and Program schedule
Application period 20.10.-4.12.2022
Selection for interviews 5.-7.12.2022
Final Selection 21.12.2022
Interested in participating? Stay tuned for our future batches!
The application period for the S23 batch has unfortunately ended. Sign up to here to be among the first to hear about our future batches!