Women Startup Founders Outside at DSH Austin

What is a "pop up" accelerator?

We use the term “Pop Up” Accelerator, because we are not tied to one location permanently. We will move our accelerator across the globe to provide everyone in the world access to the tools and resources of Silicon Valley. If you are interested in bringing DSH Accelerator to your city please reach out to us at austin@draperstartuphouse.com

How is your program different from other accelerators?

We consider ourselves a not-so-typical accelerator. We like to do things differently through a couple different ways. First, we are a pop-up experience meaning that we bring our program to other parts of the world for a 1 month period. By doing this, it allows founders all over the world the opportunity to attend. Next, we encourage all founders to live together and provide them with housing during the 3 month program. These collisions and connections you will make will help you on your startup journey. Last, we want to take you out of your comfort zone through Grit Training so that you leave better prepared to withstand the long road ahead building your business.

Can I have arranged my own housing and still be a part of the cohort?

If you already live in Austin or you prefer not to live in the house with the other founders, we are open to the conversation. However, we strongly encourage you to live with the other founders during the entirety of the program. The co-living portion and the collisions that will happen will play a large part in the overall experience.

Will all participants in the cohort receive funding?

Yes, everyone who is accepted into the cohort will receive funding.

How many people will be in each cohort?

There will be a maximum of 10 startups accepted into each cohort.

How much do you invest?

We invest up to $100,000 dollars through a SAFE note.

Will COVID-19 impact how the in-person portion of the program will work?

We will be more open and flexible with a remote or hybrid model with COVID-19 still running rampant. Each person will be required to receive a negative COVID test before living in the house.

How many founders will be allowed to participate?

Each team will be allowed to have two co-founders maximum participate in the accelerator program.

When is the best time for me to apply to the program?

When you have a solid business idea, team and a bit of traction. We recommend applying at the latest, one month prior to the start of the program.

Is the house Co-ed?

Yes, both females and males will be living in the house. However, we will accommodate room requests as they come in.

Can I continue to live in the house after the program?

No, all portfolio companies must leave the house after the program on the requested date to make room for the next cohort.

Do I have to be from the US to Apply?

No, we accept applications from founders all across the globe. We do encourage you to incorporate in the US however.

What industry do you invest in?

We are industry agnostic, we are looking for great founders building industry transforming companies, no matter the industry.

Who will I be learning from?

All mentors, speakers, workshops will be taught by those currently working in the industry, whether that be founders or CEO’s of successful companies, or workshops taught by industry experts.

Are you able to help founders get their visa?

We can provide an official acceptance letter to help you obtain a visa to attend the program.

Are the founders responsible for travel expenses to the program?

Yes, you as a participant are expected to cover your travel expenses to the program and when you are in Austin. We provide programming and accommodations, but you are responsible for covering costs to get to the program.

Do you pay for meals during the program?

We will pay for lunches and happy hours from time-to-time, but you are responsible for feeding yourself day-to-day.

What other expenses can founders expect to have?

Anything outside of rent and programming expenses you are expected to cover yourself. Whether that be ubers to non DSH events, coffee with investors you meet or a ride to and from the airport.