Last week, we held a Google+ Hangout with students from Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Maryland and Stanford in order to let them ask some questions about the Summer@Highland application and the program itself. It was a ton of fun, so we decided to host another one, and also detailed a few of the topics we discussed below.
If you’d like the chance to join the next Hangout tomorrow at 1:00pm PT, RSVP here: http://highlandsummerqanda.eventbrite.com/
And don’t forget, the final deadline to get your application in is ONE WEEK from today! Don’t wait until the last minute; apply now at http://summer.hcp.com/
Other programs require a detailed business plan, while the Summer@Highland application only needs a two-minute video. Why is that?
We think it’s a relative waste of time to write a long, detailed business plan if you’ve barely launched. We structured the application so we could get the “minimally viable information” we need to decide if we should advance you to the next round for an interview. So, we’re basically looking for two things:
What else are you looking for in the video?
The main purpose of the video is to get a feel for the team, so please do NOT just submit a screencast. Other things we look for:
What is the difference between being located in the Boston vs. the Silicon Valley office?
Boston weather is surprisingly good in the summer time, believe it or not, so you’ll all set in either case. Besides that, we suggest you choose the place where you want to base the business going forward for the purposes of hiring early employees, or finding your first customers.
Do you favor startups in certain markets over others?
Since Summer@Highland is only 10 weeks long, the program is really about speed and acceleration. We’re looking for teams that can make a big impact in a short amount of time and achieve meaningful milestones over the summer. So while we don’t necessarily favor certain markets over others, there are a few, like physical sciences and expensive hardware, that aren’t a great fit. But, we don’t rule anything out because you never know. We love to be surprised!