StartX’s core program accelerates the development of the highest potential founders coming out of Stanford by providing them with collective intelligence, experiential education, over $100,000 in resources, and mentorship. Founders joining this program have traditionally either already raised a round of financing or plan to within the next six months. The accelerator is the primary entry point to the StartX community, which includes serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors, and domain experts.
StartX Med is a 6 month-long medicine and life science-specific vertical within the StartX accelerator developed for healthcare start-ups spanning the range of healthcare IT, medical device, imaging, diagnostics, biotechnology, and biopharmaceutical technologies. StartX Med has created an ecosystem of Stanford’s top medical entrepreneurs and built an organized system of mentors, educational content, and infrastructural resources such as SBIR grant support, FDA and HIPAA consulting, and IP licensing support to facilitate the advancement of breakthrough medical innovations.
The Visiting Founder Program provides founders from top universities nationwide the ability to join StartX’s accelerator program. Run only during the summer session, founders in this program can apply for additional need-based financial aid to offset the cost of moving to Silicon Valley for the summer.
In order to be eligible to apply to the StartX accelerator program, at least one founder of your company has to have a Stanford affiliation. The Stanford affiliated founder must have been enrolled or have held a faculty or postdoctoral position within the previous four years of the application period. Additionally, the Stanford founder(s) must hold a significant equity stake in the company.
We accept teams of all sizes, but typically teams have two to three founders. We take founders from all industries and departments, including biotech, cleantech, hardware, medical devices, nonprofits, music, finance, IT, etc. Companies have have entered the program at a variety of stages from preparing to raise a Series A to having recently developed an initial prototype.
We make exceptions in exceptional cases.
If you do not fit the requirements listed above for the accelerator, there are other ways to join the community. Please reach out to us through the Contact Form.