StartX is the startup accelerator, fellowship, and community for Stanford students, professors, and alumni.
Raised on Average
Companies valued at over $100M
Companies valued at over $1B
Tenured Stanford Professors
"StartX is an authentic community for founders, where we can help each other and get real support."
Charlie Gao, Co-Founder at Crafting, formerly Lime
"If something like StartX had existed, I would have been a founder much earlier in my career."
Konstantin Guericke, Co-Founder at LinkedIn
"When we started Yahoo!, I wish StartX was around back then."
Jerry Yang, Co-founder at Yahoo!
"Through StartX, I’ve recruited highly qualified talent, and found the management team to be very engaged, deeply devoted and genuinely interested in successful outcomes for its founders"
Osama Beidier, Co-Founder at Poynt
"In essence, the StartX Accelerator program not only fueled our growth but also instilled within us a profound sense of purpose and determination. (...) With the right support, innovation knows no bounds."
Robert Kupstas, Co-Founder at Pure Harvest Smart Farms
"StartX has been a great partner for us over that time and some 30% of our grantees have had one or another (highly valued and immensely beneficial) affiliation with you"
Brian Bartholomeusz, Executive Director of Innovation Transfer at the TomKat Center of Sustainability, Stanford University
Mentorship, resources, community, and networking opportunities to grow faster. Connect entrepreneurs with industry leaders, investors, and Stanford's cutting-edge research and educational resources.
We have a fellowship program that comprises of a student-in-residence program, a professor-in-residence, and and entrepreneur-in-residence for repeat founders. Our aim with the fellowship program is to provide financial support and resources to founders earlier in their entrepreneurial journey.
We frequently organize networking events, recruiting events, workshops, and introductions among emerging entrepreneurs, Stanford alumni, established industry leaders, student groups, and investors.
StartX does not take equity in the startups that go through our accelerator or fellowship program.
Who can apply? Who is a Stanford-affiliated founder?
A Stanford-affiliated founder is someone who was/is a Stanford alumni, 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. We make exceptions on a case by case basis if you are recommended by multiple members of the StartX community.
What are the deadlines to apply and dates for the next batch?
Applications are open from mid-January to mid-February for the Summer cohort, from mid-May to mid-June for the Fall cohort, and from early September to early October for the Spring cohort.
Can I apply if I’m in school and just have an idea?
Yes! You can apply to the accelerator or Student in Residence program, and you can apply multiple times!
I'm an experienced founder. What will StartX offer me?
Experienced founders often rely on StartX's ability to provide educational training for their employees, access to industry & domain experts, and are given a peer group of other experienced founders in the same stage/role/industry to compare notes with.
We’ve had a ton of successful StartX repeat founders. Repeat founders often appreciate the value of community, and the program is customized each time and a different and more advanced program is provided for second / third time founders.