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. Two weeks is just enough time for founders to experience a profound mindset shift that elevates their personal and professional lives.
What is Blackbox Connect Experience?
From the moment you step through our door, the program will take you out of the day-to-day grind and immerse you in 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 their top-tier network of advisors, mentors, and speakers, they 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, they 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, they 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, they 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.
Who should apply?
Founders who have launched a product in the market, have seen promising traction, and are now facing a key inflection point in their startup journey. Because our program places a focus on the founder and the critical role they play in shaping, leading, and growing their company, strong candidates should welcome self-reflection and be eager to explore their most vexing personal and professional challenges. Their curriculum is optimized for CEOs and they give preference to those applications, but it is not a requirement.
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