SILTA is a program that takes entrepreneurs from Finland to live at a startup hacker house for three months. The program enables the entrepreneurs to build their company, create their network and learn to navigate the vibrant startup scene of the SF Bay Area.
SILTA includes the flight and accommodation costs from the SF Bay Area and a light program revolving around the company building agenda of each participant. The program, however, costs a small participation fee (700€ per participant) and does not cover the costs related to living in SF Bay Area (estimated to be 800-1200€/month per person) and the fixed costs related to participant's home in Finland or any other country (f.ex., home's rental costs, insurances, electricity, etc.).
The program of SILTA S23 can be divided in two parts: hybrid orientation which is held on January - February on 16.1.-17.2.2023 and the program which is held on 19.2-13.5.2023 at SF Bay Area.
The hybrid orientation is held virtually in Zoom. The program is held physically in the SF Bay Area.
You can participate in the program by sending us an application (See the Application in the navigation menu) by December, 4th 2022.
Silta is organized by an active team of Aaltoes alumni. The project is piloted under Aalto Entprereneurship Society (y id: 2291638-6) more commonly know as Aaltoes.
Yes, we’re looking for both aspiring entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs.
Yes, you can. We're looking for teams of 1-2 people.
Any stage, but you have to have a well communicated company building agenda and a plan for going to Silicon Valley.
The program costs the program participation fee (700€ per participant) and participant's living costs (meaning food, public transportation, etc.) in the Bay Area and the potential fixed costs related to participant's home in Finland or any other country (f.ex., home's rental costs, insurances, electricity, etc.). The living costs in the Bay Area are estimated to be 800-1200€/month per participant, but this can vary depending on the participant's consumption and lifestyle.
Fill in our application form carefully; you will find it under application. If your application is good you will be invited to the second stage, which involves an interview and where you will get the chance to tell more about yourself and your agenda to participate Silta. After this, the most suitable teams will be accepted to the program. Remember that we are looking for diversity. No idea nor problem is too stupid nor too hard.
Yes you can. However, as we are building the program to support founders from Finland, we expect you to either be Finnish by nationality or live in Finland.
A typical week in the program starts with a weekly sync session held on Monday morning, where we go through the progress of last week's goals and the goals for the upcoming week for each participant. Other than that, the common nominator between the weeks is that they consist most of independent work regarding company building as well as varying program organized by Silta depending on the week. The varying program can be for instance, keynotes held by entrepreneurs, going to networking events, having a get together with the KUMMIs, attending seminars, etc.
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