Pear Garage

FOUNDER BOOTCAMP

Applications will reopen at the start of the academic year.

Overview

Pear Garage is a highly-selective founder bootcamp for Stanford Engineering students. It is a community for builders and hackers who want to learn the business side of startups. 

 

You do not need a strong startup idea and team to be accepted. We will expose you to real industry problems and help you identify opportunities.

 

If you already have a startup idea, we can provide you with mentorship and resources to help you turn that idea into a company. 

 

NO EQUITY is exchanged. No strings attached. We created Garage because we love working with brilliant entrepreneurs at the start of their journey. We also also ‘paying it forward’ to a community that has given us so much as Stanford alumni and friends. 

 

Garage is designed to complement your classroom learning over nine-months. The time commitment is flexible because we realize that your academic commitments fluctuate. Nonetheless you will get as much out of the program as you put in!

 

Mentorship

  • Office Hours: Meet with the Pear team every other week to discuss your current hypothesis and challenges, and then plan your next actions. 

  • Speaker Series: We frequently host off-the-record talks with exceptional investors and founders at Pear. Past speakers include: Alfred Lin (Sequoia), Mark Pincus (Zynga cofounder), Cathy Polinsky (Stitchfix CTO), and David Marcus (Facebook Messenger).

  • Workshops: Entrepreneurial leaders share advice on tangible and intangible skills to make you more effective founders. 

 

Resources

  • 24/7 workspace at Pear’s office in downtown Palo Alto.

  • Startup resources including: free cloud credits (AWS, Google Cloud, etc), discounted legal support from Cooley, plus special deals from startup service providers (WeWork, Carta, Digital Ocean) and Pear Portfolio companies (Affinity, Gusto, Heap, Vanta, Nightfall, etc)

  • $1,500 budget

Community

  • Garage Socials: Casual events with Garage peers and alumni. An opportunity for your to share ideas and build friendships, and maybe find a future cofounder.

  • Hackathons: Weekend hackathons hosted periodically for Garage members at Pear.

  • Network: We have an extensive network in Silicon Valley. We can make strategic introductions to our network based on your needs and goals.

  • Founder Events: Priority access to Pear’s community events alongside Pear portfolio companies.

Who should apply

Stanford Engineering students who love to build and are entrepreneurial. You can be undergrad, graduate, or postdoc.

 

When to apply

Applications reopen in September 2020.

Alumni of Pear Garage

Garage alumni have already founded 15 companies, of which 3 acquired, 2 Series A, and 4 Seed. 

Garage alumni have also taken roles in some of Pear’s most successful portfolio companies as well major Bay Area tech companies.

Learn more about the roots of Pear Garage in this Fortune article.

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