JOIN THE START FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
HOW DO YOU APPLY?
Check if you are eligible to apply
Before applying, please check if you meet all of our personal and entrepreneurial requirements.
Complete the application form
Fill in the application form with your personal and academic details.
GET notified of the status of your application within 3 business days
In case your application is suitable, you will receive a confirmation email with further information on the second part of the application, which focuses more on your startup and entrepreneurial journey. The deadline to submit the second part of the application is on 4th
In case your application is not a fit at the moment, we will inform you likewise and encourage you to apply again next year!
Is the FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
MADE FOR you?
An ambitious university student with the desire to deep dive into.
entrepreneurship and run your own startup.
- Between the ages of 20 and 24.
Proficient in written and spoken English.
Currently enrolled in a partner uni of the university of St. or one of the following universities:
Colombia: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana,Universidadde Medellin, Universidad Nacional deColombia
Mexico: IPADE, ITAM, EGADE, ITESO, Universidad Guadalajara, Universidad de las Americas Puebla, IBERO, Universidad Nacional Autonoma deMexico, UPAEP, Universidad Regiomontana
Brazil: FGV, Insper, FEA USP,Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
- Already worked on your idea.
An MVP (Minimum Viable Product) that is capable of completing its
main functions. We are aware that there is a certain range of what
counts as a MVP. Yours should be able to solve the core problem
your startup will be solving.
At least one external reference who endorses you and your team if
you have one.
Commit 20 hours per week to the online program.
Commit your full time into the offline program if chosen.
Frequently asked questions
Is the program really free of costs?
Yes, we don't charge anything for the 3-month online program. During the offline program, we will cover all the basic costs of the stay here in Switzerland. Additionally, participants of the offline program get access to small funds needed for a prototype for example. Together with the support of our partners, we cover the participants’ costs throughout their participation in the program. This includes travel,- accommodation,- living and support for startup related expenses.
Can I participate in only one of the two programs?
Every participant has to apply for the online program. At the end of it the best startups will be invited to join the offline program. It is not possible to join only the offline program in Switzerland.
At what stage is my startup supposed to be?
You must have a working MVP (minimum viable product). From an MVP we expect that it fulfills the basic functions of your solution and can be shown to and used by customers.
If you have no startup at the MVP stage running yet, please apply with your startup idea. You can state your idea in the application and present the idea during your 5min pitch video. However, we expect that you will have realized the idea into a MVP by the beginning of the online program.
You can find a summary of all the requirements needed for participating at the top of this page.
Can I join the program without an idea?
No, we expect every applicant to have a startup idea. You can apply with just an idea but should then have realized this idea into a working MVP by the beginning of the online program.
Can I join the program without a team?
Yes, you can join the online program as a “Solo Founder” but we encourage you to find a Co-founder during the online program. Only Startups with at least two team members will be considered for the offline program in Switzerland.
Who is running the Fellowship Program?
The Fellowship Program is run by START Global and its partners. In close collaboration with our main partners such as the University of St. Gallen we aim to make the Fellowship Program a truly amazing and valuable experience for you.
Who is the Fellowship Program backed and supported by?
Please check out our partner page. There you can see our main partners from the last iteration. This list is not concluding for this iteration of the program since we are constantly onboarding new partners.
Why is the Offline program taking place in Switzerland?
The program is run by students and professionals from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. The offline program will allow you to network with our partners on a much more personal level which will enable you to better emerge yourself in the European ecosystem.
How do I apply?
You can apply via the application form on the application site. The application is demanding, therefore we encourage you to take enough time for the application.
Can we continue our studies in parallel to the online program?
Yes, it is possible to continue your studies during the online program. However, we would advise you to already pause your studies or atleast lower the amounts of credits you're going to do for the duration of the online program since the program will demand 10 hours per week of active participation and an additional 10 hours per week to improve your startups. All in all, we expect you to make considerable progress during the online program as only the best startups will be selected to come to Switzerland.
How do you deal with having participants in different time zones?
We do have the different time zones across Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Switzerland in mind. The program will mainly take place in the morning for our participants in latin america.
How many participants are accepted into the online program?
There is a limited number of spots available in the online program. The participants will be selected based on their idea, the application video and a driven team. Once accepted we expect you to push through the program.
How many hours a week does the online program take up?
During the online program we plan with 10 hours of content per week. In addition to that, you will need time to complete assignements and work on your startup. Please have a look at the example weeks in order to get a feeling for the workload.
How many applicants are selected for the offline program?
We will select 35 participants from the most promissing startups.
Will I stay in Switzerland for the whole six months of the offline program?
Yes, you will live in Switzerland for the duration of the offline program.
Do I need a visa?
Depending on your nationality, a visa may be required to enter Switzerland from abroad. We are in contact with the local authorities to smoothen the visa application. Together with the university of St. Gallen we will be able to streamline the visa application process.
When will we arrive to and depart from Switzerland for the offline program?
You will arrive in St. Gallen, Switzerland via the airport of Zürich towards the end of January 2022, a few days prior to the start of the program. The program will end in May 2022 shortly after which you will fly back home.
Where will I live?
All START Fellowship participants that are selected to come to the offline program in St. Gallen will be offered common accommodation in the city of St. Gallen, where they will live close to our facilities and the other Fellows.
What do I need to bring?
A list of crucial belongings to bring with will be sent to the chosen applicants prior to their trip to Switzerland.
Do locals speak English?
While German is prominent in the city of St. Gallen, English is a commonly spoken language by locals. Students and program-related members all work and communicate in English.
How much pocket money do I need?
While START Fellowship and its partners will cover all living costs, such as dining expenses, you will need to have some pocket money for any additional expenses you may have. Anything outside the program, for example if you want to go shopping, will be at your own expense. You can find more information about average prices in St. Gallen here: https://costof.live/cost-of-living/in/st-gallen.
Can I choose my mentor?
START Fellowship will offer a pool of mentors with various expertise, allowing Fellows to benefit from a large-ranged, high-quality input. We will give you the chance to speak to multiple mentors, after which a reasonable matching process will take place. Each Fellow will be closely in touch with a mentor throughout the program and will meet with them at regular intervals. We will together make sure each participant is matched with the most fitting mentor. However, Fellows will not be restricted to one mentor alone through the duration of the program.
What if I don't get along with my mentor?
Updates on the effectiveness of your collaboration with a mentor and your compatibility will be taken into consideration and adjustments will be made if necessary. We wish to assure that you have access to a mentor who you can achieve the best possible results with.