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What is StartX? How is it different from other accelerators?
StartX has one of the best accelerator programs in the world!
StartX’s program is completely free; We don’t take any equity from you! No strings attached.

(StartX is a non-profit funded by Stanford University, among others.)

Who can apply?
Anyone, even non-Stanford teams.

(If your team does not have Stanford-affiliation, choose Visiting Founder Program" on your application. Find more info about our visiting founder program on our accelerator page

Who is a Stanford affiliated founder?
A Stanford-affiliated founder is someone who was/is a Stanford undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty member, post doctoral scholar, academic staff member, or fellow in a recognized Stanford fellowship program. Additionally, the Stanford founder(s) must hold a significant equity stake in the company.

What is the deadline to apply?
The applications for Summer are now closed. You can reserve your spot for the fall here

When does the program start?
The summmer Session program starts in June.

I am a first-time founder. How can I benefit from StartX?
You’ll receive 1-1 mentorship and educational seminars on the topics that affect you most. First-time founders also greatly benefit from our community of founders of different stages, board of advisors, fundraising coach, etc.

Plus, all companies receive $1.2 Million+ of free resources, as well as drop-in office space, legal advice, etc.

I am an experienced founder. What will StartX offer me?
Experienced founders are given a peer group of other experienced founders in the same stage/role/industry, as well as educational training for their employees, and access to industry experts.

StartX also handles recruiting from Stanford University’s best students, offers PR & BD resources, and much more.

What else can I expect from the accelerator program?
StartX is a home to some of the best Stanford affiliated (and non-Stanford) founders, mentors and advisors. StartX offers tactical help & resources, experiential education, funding and a vast network of mentors, investors, and domain experts.

Through our community, you can get access to 1200+ alumni founders, world class coaches and advisors, on demand access to experts, and customized educational programming based your team + industry + stage.

Plus, all companies receive $1.2 million+ of free resources, as well as drop-in office space, legal advice, etc.

What criteria do your judges look for?
StartX Judges focus on evaluating the team rather than the idea.

They evaluate (in descending order of priority):
  • passion and commitment demonstrated by founders
  • team dynamics
  • ability to execute & core competency
  • willingness to understand your market

How many companies do you admit every session? What is your acceptance rate?
We don’t have a set quota / number of companies. StartX will admit any team that exceeds a certain quality bar.
Note: Historically, the acceptance rate varies between 8%-10%.

Who reviews my application?
Applications are reviewed by StartX alumni and trusted expert judges in our network.

How many sessions do you run every year? How long is the session?
We run three, 10-week sessions each year: spring, summer and fall.

Do I need to be in the area while admitted in the program?
No. However, teams that get the most out of the program are the ones that are able to attend in-person.

Do you really accept companies at any stage and industry?
StartX typically admits first-time founders, late-stage companies, serial entrepreneurs, and industry or domain experts.

We support all industries, historically ranging from biotech, informatics, medical device, hardware, fintech, cleantech, and non-profit to the more traditional consumer/enterprise/health IT & deep tech.

The program is designed for companies of all stages, whether you have only recently developed an initial prototype or have already raised Series B+.

I have a medical startup. Can I apply to StartX?
Yes! StartX has one of the best medical programs in the world.

StartX Med companies include uBiome, GigaGen, Lark, Gauss Surgical, Purigen Biosystems, AccuraGen, Freenome, Breathometer, Arterys, Eko device and many more! To learn more, visit StartX Med

What is the Stanford-StartX Fund? Am I eligible?
The Stanford-StartX Fund was co-founded in September 2013 by StartX, Stanford University, and Stanford Health Care.
SSF is available only to StartX companies with a Stanford-affiliated founder and is structured to be extremely founder-friendly: it is opt-in and utilizes clear objective criteria for investment. SSF has deployed over $130 million in 250+ StartX companies thus far in seed through Series D rounds.

For more information about the fund, please email our Fund Manager - Suzanne Fletcher

I/we have two separate ideas, do we need to submit 2 different applications?
Yes, please submit separate application for each of your companies.

I am a solo founder. Is that a disadvantage?
Not at all! We have admitted many solo founders. As long as you can demonstrate that you are able to manage running all aspects of your start-up, you will do great.

You said you’ll provide feedback/advice to all companies that apply. How does that work?
Every company that applies is offered customized advice & feedback on their specific company (from VCs, serial entrepreneurs, and StartX alumni) regardless of the outcome of the application!

You’ll receive an e-mail near the end of the application process with the details.

Am I too early for StartX?
No way! A great way to find out what you need to be admitted, is to have applied in a previous session. Teams not admitted are always offered customized advice & feedback, on what steps they can take to reach the next level.

The application process itself is a great learning opportunity, it forces you to think about uncomfortable but crucial parts of your business, and on top of that every applicant gets valuable feedback from the judges.

I have applied before. Can we apply again? How can we increase our admission chances next time?
Yes! We always encourage you to apply again. Our judges love being proven wrong.

The application process itself is a learning opportunity of its own. Incorporate the advice & feedback that you receive, and continue to make progress in those areas! We are an educational non-profit and our goal is to help all entrepreneurs reach the level they need.

What is an applicant mixer? Do I need to submit an application to attend this event?
An applicant mixer is an exclusive event for the founders that have submitted an application. It’s a unique opportunity to not only learn more about the program but also to meet and interact with StartX alumni founders, staff and other fellow applicants.
Only applicants who've submitted an application are granted entrance.

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