Want to scale your startup to Silicon Valley? Here’s how


Applications are open for the second Tarmac SF programme, open to international startup founders looking to scale their businesses to the San Francisco Bay Area.

The three month programme is not an accelerator, but rather describes itself as a programme allowing entrepreneurs to “land safely and easily in Silicon Valley” with a view to scaling their startups in the US.

During the programme – which is run by social enterprise CALSO and San Francisco-based startup hub PARISOMA – participants will have access to all the necessary resources to get started in the US, such as immigration services, help in finding housing, co-working space, access to networks, classes and events – enabling entrepreneurs to focus on their startup development in the U.S.

“The Tarmac SF programme is not focused on any specific sector or type of entrepreneurship, but it is made to help entrepreneurs expand their activity to the US and meet local actors that can help take their business further,” Baptiste Guillemet, coordinator at Tarmac SF’s South African sister organisation Le Comptoir de l’Innovation, told Disrupt Africa.

“Since SF and Silicon Valley is one of the most vibrant communities for startup founders and tech businesses, it could be very interesting for the Disrupt Africa network of entrepreneurs to consider the application,” Guillemet said.

The cost of the three month programme is US$2,600. Applications are available here.

This year two sponsorships are also available: one for a female entrepreneur, and one for a social entrepreneur.  For the two selected entrepreneurs, all the costs of attending Tarmac SF will be covered.

Applications must be received by March 31 to be eligible for the sponsorships.



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