Every day I get at least one email from a new, shared work space, accelerator, or incubator. They’ve been popping up everywhere over the last two years. It seems like everyone’s trying to be the place where the next big idea emerges. Here’s one, though, that is setting itself apart from the rest. It’s the Startup Dream Team, a nine-week program for interns and aspiring entrepreneurs from around the world who want to get their foot in the door in Silicon Valley.
The Startup Dream Team is the brainchild of Pierre-Simon Ntiruhungwa, who got the idea when he was visiting the States for an internship. He wished there was a resource to help him more easily assimilate, introduce him to the who’s who, make sure he attended key events, and offered a nice place to live where he could socialize with others like him.
Now, in it’s second year, the Start-up Dream Team finds visitors a house, sets them up with great networking events, and offers unique mentoring opportunities they never could’ve gotten overseas. The only catch: they must live in a three-bedroom house with 18 people.
In this year’s group there are 16 men and 2 women and no separation between the two genders. Bunk beds are stacked in each room. In one, there are eight bunk beds, which is, as you can imagine, a tad cozy. Nevertheless, Ntiruhungwa plans to introduce these entrepreneur-laden houses in other countries in the next couple of years.
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