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co.lab application FAQ
Is this program right for my startup?
Applications for co.lab are open to any startup (for-profit or non-profit) with one or more technology products focused on using the power of games to improve academic and/or social outcomes for PK-12 students. We work primarily with teams developing learning game apps (Content), educational platforms interested in distributing games (Distribution), measurement and evaluation tools (M&E), and/or other educational services that are looking to learn from best practices in commercial gaming to improve distribution, retention and engagement (Gamification).
We work with companies at a variety of stages — anywhere from company formation (pre-seed) all the way to Series B or beyond. (Our first three cohorts are comprised of companies that represent most of these stages of development.) Given our unique access to talent, tools and best practices from the commercial game and edtech industries, we believe we can add value to startups across a company’s life cycle.
Preference will be given to teams with innovative products, ideas or prototypes that demonstrate significant promise for producing transformative effects on teaching, learning, and/or education in general. A strong preference will also be shown for companies with the potential to achieve wide distribution and generate revenue at scale. Companies that participate in co.lab must be incorporated in the United States.
What are the terms for participating?
As part of participating in co.lab, companies receive a stipend of up to $50,000 as well as the accelerator services and resources described on our program page. In exchange we ask for a nominal equity stake, which generally ranges between 0.5 and 5 percent, depending on stage of growth. The final terms of each offer will be determined on a case-by-case basis in consultation with each company.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by the date listed above. Cohorts run for approximately four months. Selected companies should be prepared to locate a founding and/or product team in San Francisco for the length of the program.