Applications for the Fall 2019 Cohort will be accepted April 5 - May 13.

Decisions will be announced by May 24.

The Fall Cohort move-in date will be July 15, 2019.

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  • At least one founder must be LGBTQ.

  • Be prepared to move your company into our office in downtown San Francisco. We require all founders to work full-time in the Growth Lab for their entire six month stay.

  • Have a product or service that has been developed at least to the point of early beta testing or customer acceptance.

  • Be targeting an opportunity with an addressable market greater than $1 billion.

  • Be able to identify a specific, valuation-enhancing milestone that you can realistically achieve during your six month tenure.


  • Have 2 or more co-founders, rather than a sole founder. Co-founders can challenge each other and push each other, often resulting in better decisions and faster progress.


  • Applications are only accepted during the open application period twice a year.

  • This webpage will change to the application form when the application period opens.

  • The application includes questions such as:

    • Who is your target customer?

    • What problem do you solve for them?

    • Why are you the right team to solve it?

    • How will your business generate income?

    • Describe your progress to date

    • What major milestone will you achieve while in Growth Lab?

  • Decisions are announced two weeks after the application period closes.

  • Accepted company founders must move into Growth Lab and remain for the entire 6 months


  • First give the website a thorough read to see if you can find the answer.

  • If you still need help, submit your question here.

  • Please do not contact StartOut national staff or board members.