StartX is a collection of serial entrepreneurs, industry experts, tenured Stanford professors, and well-funded growth-stage startups. We believe that entrepreneurs can achieve more, as a group, than we can as individuals. As a community, our goal is to find creative ways to collaborate, so that each of our companies can have a long-term positive impact on the world.
From this, we designed the StartX Community: a community for founders who don't need to give up equity.
(NOTE: Students cannot apply directly to StartX. Students should instead apply for the separate Student-in-Residence accelerator.)
We take Zero Equity
StartX is a 501(c)3 non-profit and takes not equity in our companies. We are supported through grants, donations, and corporate sponsorships, including $8M in grant funding from Stanford University, Stanford Health Care, and Kauffman Foundation.
We are Industry and Stage Agnostic
StartX founders tackle big problems in every industry, from biotech, medical device, hardware, cleantech, and non-profit to consumer and enterprise IT. Companies have joined the StartX community at a variety of stages, from having recently developed an initial prototype to having raised over $100M+.
The strength of our community speaks for itself:
2× higher chance of reaching $100M+ valuation than the best accelerators
1.7× higher seed valuation than the average Stanford startup
+50% more successful at reaching Series A than industry average
$8.4M average venture funding raised by StartX companies
85% StartX companies still growing + acquired over 8 years
5× proportion of venture funding raised by female-led StartX companies compared to industry average