We Accelerate Exponential Startups
Hello! We’re the SU Labs Startup Accelerator.
The first and only accelerator dedicated to startups leveraging exponentially accelerating technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges
We look for startups that are attacking the world’s most difficult problems and give them what they need to solve for these problems. If you believe your venture has the potential to positively improve the lives of millions and are looking for people who will dedicate their time over the long-term to make it happen, you’ve found your tribe.
Our third cohort kicks off in February, 2017. We’re focusing on some amazing verticals: space, energy, and hard sciences; healthcare and biotech; and enterprise/consumer hardware and software.
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Applications for 2017 are closed, but you can still be part of the action! Get updates about the startups as they go through the program, and hear about others from prior cohorts that are taking the world by storm. And, of course, you'll be the first to know when our next application cycle begins.
Q: There are a lot of accelerators. Why are you different?
A: Easy. Because you’re different. (Spoiler alert: we like different.)
We work with early-stage startups in a highly customized program and propel them to achieve massive success. There are so many things that set us apart from other accelerators.
We’re different because we’re not looking for quick exits. We’re looking to create long-term, widescale impact. This was a huge gap in the accelerator space. We responded by creating the first accelerator program that's designed for systems thinkers and that specifically supports startups that want to take moonshots. We assemble diverse global cohorts of both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. You’ll get access to our rapid prototyping resources, labs, and tools. Moreover, we’re not just a software accelerator. We focus on hard sciences, space, energy, healthcare, biotech, and more. This ain’t your daddy’s accelerator.
Further, we also provide unparalleled access to a deep and broad innovation ecosystem that includes forward thinking corporations (e.g., Genentech, Lowes), development organizations (e.g., Ashoka, Unicef, Kiva), our faculty, other domain experts, and the brightest minds of Silicon Valley. You’ll work with our curated network of gurus and visionaries who will blow you away with their insights. We’ll put you right in the middle of all this expertise, and that’s when some amazing things will start to happen.
So, whether you’re for-profit or nonprofit, we’re here to help you do what you were meant to do: apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s biggest challenges.
But don’t take our word for it. Hear what our founders have to say:
Q: If I attend your accelerator, what can I expect?
A: Transformation. Propulsion. Velocity. Impact.
We know what it takes to get something built and out into the world. Our faculty, mentors, and network of alumni and partners have already done it. And it’s in our DNA. Our founders, Dr. Peter H. Diamandis and Dr. Ray Kurzweil, literally wrote the book on exponential thinking and the abundance mindset.
Our three goals are to help you network, expand, and accelerate. We’re going to help you build your network. We’ll find mentors and advisors with specific backgrounds to give you relevant advice for your business. You’ll get the tools you need to take your venture to the next level. You’ll come away with a new set of friends for life and a network that will see you through your long-term journey and guide you at every major decision point.
Sound too good to be true? It’s not and we’ll prove it.
“The Singularity University Accelerator program was a very valuable experience. The pre-seed funding helps a ton in the early days, and SU will use its network of Fortune 1000 execs to get you connected and bring in clients.”
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, X2AI
Q: So what’s the program like?
A: It’s highly customized, because each startup is unique.
We offer an unprecedented level of highly-customized support and training, facilitate conversations and open doors that no one else can, and position your venture for maximum impact.
We’ll match you with a curated Board of Advisors that will have the relevant background and experience to effectively advise you. We’ll also convene some of the greatest minds and thought leaders from our insane network of Fortune 500s (Bayer, Lowe’s, Genentech), and development organizations (World Food Program, Amnesty International, UNICEF, Ashoka), to problem-solve with you. Our mentor program is a fully customized approach to pairing startups with exactly the right people they need in order to move the big rocks out of their way and take huge leaps forward. These remarkable mentors will work side-by-side with you—they’re accomplished individuals who have already achieved massive success building their own companies or leading large organizations.
In short, we’ll pave the way for your success and stick with you until you achieve it.
We’ll also help you land star-making appearances at our prestigious worldwide summits spanning multiple industry verticals and regions. For example, X2AI (from cohort 1) received overwhelming press, a meeting with a high-profile VC, and the prestigious MEDy award at Exponential Medicine.
Q: That's great, but I need ALL the details.
A: You got it. Here's the full breakdown of the program.
You’ll participate in an intense, hands-on, customized, 8-week experience on the Singularity University campus at NASA Research Park in the heart of Silicon Valley, during which you’ll receive high-velocity training, relevant mentoring from the best minds around the world, and help preparing to scale your company.
Specifically, the program includes:
- Mind-expanding content and workshops inspired by Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis and Salim Ismail, covering such topics as future forecasting, rapid prototyping, business fundamentals, and funding
- Tailored sessions designed to help you integrate what you’ve learned and a chance to engage with key experts hand-selected in advance based on your specific needs (think of this as a board meeting on steroids!)
- Ridiculous amounts of time with key individuals you don’t yet have on speed dial: Fortune 500 executives, leaders from our Google-sponsored Global Solutions Program, alumni from our international network, and accomplished attendees of the X-Prize (we’ll open the doors, and we’ll also help prepare you for the meetings!)
- Unparalleled access to our investor network of the who’s who of Silicon Valley
- $100,000 in seed funding to give you runway throughout the program
- A co-working space at NASA Research Park
- For nonprofits/501(c)(3) organizations: we’ll provide $50,000 in unrestricted grants
- Long-term support via our Startup Network to keep you integrated in and engaged with our network
You’ll get all of these extraordinary benefits in exchange for 7% equity in your company. In addition, we will provide a $100K convertible note with a 20% discount or a $3M cap (separate from the 7%). Need more insights about the program? Check out our FAQ.
We’re here to help you build products and services that positively impact humanity at scale, and we know that this is a long-term effort. That’s why we’re different. That’s why we know we can help you be successful. And that’s why we want to work with you.
Note to international companies:
The SU Labs Startup Accelerator can only benefit you if you want to expand into the US market. In order for us to work with your venture, you must have a US parent corporation (either now or by the time you start the program). This does not mean you need to relocate to the U.S. You can run operations from any country, and a lot of our companies are based in other countries, in fact.
"SU opened more doors for us in two months than our team was able to open in the two previous years, despite countless hours of hard work."
CEO, Juno Biomedical
Questions? Read our FAQ.
More questions? Reach us at [email protected].
If you’re not at this point yet, or don’t fit the above criteria, we’d still love to connect with you. If you know of other startups that would be a good fit, refer them to us. And join our mailing list to get a steady stream of goodness from SU delivered to your inbox.