Nathan Blecharczyk CTO, co-founder
Your team receives $18,000 to spend during the program. Because it’s a stipend, not an investment, you have no obligation to Highland after the summer.
Work closely with the Highland team, and each other, at the heart of innovation in our Boston or Silicon Valley offices. Free of charge.
Your Highland mentor is your partner for the 10-week program. Meet as little or as often as you like to leverage our experience and network.
Learn from those who have come before you, including Desh Deshpande, Steve Blank, and the founders of leading technology companies.
Summer@Highland is built exclusively for student founders. Each team needs to have at least one current student or recent graduate.
Since 2007, our 35 alumni teams have gone on to raise almost $100M in venture capital and get acquired by tech giants like Google and Oracle.
Nathan Blecharczyk CTO, co-founder
Paul Sagan CEO
Allison Johnson Former VP Marcom
Drew Houston CEO, co-founder
Maynard Webb Former COO
Dharmesh Shah CTO, co-founder
Seth Priebatsch CEO, founder
Eswar Priyadarshan Former CTO, co-founder
Keith Rabois COO
Tom Stemberg Former CEO, founder
Ash Dahod Former CEO, co-founder
Bill Clerico CEO, co-founder
The Summer@Highland program helped us take an idea in our dorm rooms to a viable business model. We've been lucky to have Highland participate in every financing since then and be there for valuable advice, connections, and support along the way.
The fact that we were able to spend time with senior partners was absolutely incredible.
We had a great time at Highland. The mentorship, speaker series, and connections were top-notch.
We did Summer@Highland and Y Combinator and found the two programs extremely complementary. The close mentorship from the Highland team was especially valuable. Being at Stanford, we had access to a number of different support sources, but Highland stood out by providing both exceptional deep product insight and great general advice.
A terrific opportunity to gain feedback from Highland and find the partners and team members critical to building our business.
The guidance and advice we got at Highland was fantastic. It helped us turn our grad school research into a consumer product.
First and foremost, we look for evidence of an exceptionally strong team. We like to see a standout academic/extracurricular track record, and some degree of working history amongst team members. In addition, the team's demonstrated skills should be closely aligned with the demands of the summer project.
We also favor applications that address significant pain points in large, growing markets. The solution suggested should involve software, or perhaps cheap hardware. Ideally, we would like to see some traction (e.g. prototypes, user interviews, market research, etc.), but we do not require any specific level of product maturity. We simply want to see some preliminary effort to validate your assumptions.
Finally, we look for plans of action that are practically achievable over the summer. That does not mean you'll build the next Google in 10 weeks, but that you can validate a few key business model or technical assumptions by the end of our program.
Summer@Highland has two application deadlines: Early (March 3, 2012 at 11:59pm PST) and Regular (April 1, 2012 at 11:59pm PST). The advantage of applying Early is that we will make a few offers from this batch, so you’ll get in ahead of the pack.
If for some reason your team is not selected Early, fear not. Your application will automatically roll into our Regular review process.
We request that each team member provide basic contact info, as well as at least one personal URL (e.g. LinkedIn, personal homepage, etc.). You can also attach a resume, if that’s more your style.
We require two letters of reference per team. You should pick references that actually know you as entrepreneurs, technologists, business people, or (ideally) all of the above. It’s very important to get these in by the appropriate deadline. We will not review incomplete applications.
We ask you to describe your business in 140 characters or less and upload a two minute video on YouTube or Vimeo answering the following questions:
Videos must feature every team member. We want to see your smiling faces too, so if you do a screencast, don’t make it the majority of the video. If you wish to include a supplemental screencast video, there’s room for that in the application too. Finally, do not password-protect your video, as it interferes with our ability to screen them efficiently. Instead, make the URL private and non-searchable.