Blackbox / Connect

Blackbox Connect, our flagship two-week program, is open to global startup founders seeking to hone their craft of entrepreneurship, amplify their drive, and fortify their company’s foundation. Together with a hand-picked cohort of fellow founders from across the globe, Blackboxers are immersed in an intensive, residential experience in the heart of San Francisco.

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Casper Sermsuksan, Kulina (Jakarta, Indonesia) and Fabien Guillemot, Poietis (Bordeaux, France)

What is
Blackbox Connect?

From the moment you step through our door, we take you out of your day-to-day grind and inside the world of Silicon Valley.

Throughout week one, the Blackbox experience gives you the space, freedom, and agency to step back and reevaluate your startup—and your role as its founder.

Together with our top-tier network of advisors, mentors, and speakers, we build a foundation of trust that allows you to tackle key challenges in your vision, team, product, market, business, and culture. Your peers in the program—global entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds, nationalities, and sectors—will provide fresh perspectives that open new possibilities for growth, both personally and professionally.

In week two, we connect your drive as an entrepreneur to a legacy worth creating. You will learn from and be inspired by role models, mentors, and each other. Once you’ve renewed your sense of purpose and direction, we give you the opportunity to showcase who you are, what you’re building, and why it matters to Silicon Valley investors, entrepreneurs, and industry experts who can help your startup grow.

As the program comes to a close, we take time to solidify the relationships formed and discoveries made over the past two weeks, ensuring that the impact of your Blackbox experience continues to reveal itself for years to come.

2019 Program Cycles:

BBC25 | February 25 - March 8 (applications now closed)

BBC26: Female Founders Edition | May 20 - 31 (applications open mid-March)

BBC27 | August 19 - 30 (applications open early June)

BBC28 | November 11 - 22 (applications open early September)

What happens
after the program?

Our commitment to you and your startup doesn’t end after the program.

You’ll become part of an active global network that offers lifelong support and opportunities for collaboration. We facilitate a range of valuable follow-on offerings to Blackboxers, from e-mentor matchmaking, founder forums, leadership opportunities, alumni networking events, advisory services, exclusive perks, and much more. Our network of 400+ Blackboxers spans more than 60 countries and six continents and continues to grow—one relationship at a time.

What are our results?

6,000+
founders applied
91%
startup survival rate
$405m
raised by Blackboxers post-program
38%
female founders
13
exits
$2b
combined market value

Interested in joining our next Blackbox Connect?

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