Blackbox Connect Program 2019: Elevating Entrepreneurs Everywhere


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.

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.

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.

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.

Our curriculum is optimized for CEOs and we give preference to those applications, but it is not a requirement.


To be eligible for the Blackbox Connect program, you must:

  • Be the original founder/cofounder of your startup
  • Commit to full participation in the two week residential program
  • Have a product launched in market
  • Be proficient in English
  • Have not had extensive prior exposure to the Silicon Valley ecosystem

Closing date: 12 December 2018

Apply here!