Apply to Matter.

Applications for the next Matter cohort are open, but closing soon!
The deadline to apply is Friday, December 19, 2014 at Noon PST.
Join a community of entrepreneurs changing media for good.

Application Process

STEP ONE – Fill out the application.
There are two required parts to the application:

 

Part AQuestionnaire
This part of the application includes basic information about the makeup of your team, your company status, and geographic information.

 

Part BAngelList
The AngelList application requires you to make a short video as well as answer some questions about your venture. If you do not have an AngelList profile yet, you may be prompted to create one.

 

STEP TWO – Interview
We will select strong applicants to come in for a 30-minute interview asap. From there, if we are still intrigued, we’ll have you do our mini-project, which will simulate what it’s like to be in Matter and will help push your venture forward regardless of whether you are selected or not. You’ll present your mini-project results in a one-hour long deep dive with us in a semifinalist interview. Successful applicants will then move on to the finalist round to be held the first week of January.

Requirements

Matter supports early-stage media entrepreneurs building start-ups that make society more informed, connected, and empowered.

Our target ventures are existing teams of 2-4 co-founders with skill sets covering technology, business, design, and storytelling. They are pursuing a sustainable, scalable, for-profit business strategy and have built an early stage prototype of their product or service.

All co-founders must work full-time out of the Matter space in San Francisco for the full five months of the program and attend the kick-off bootcamp and retreat, weekly speaker series and share-outs, and monthly design reviews.

We provide dedicated support services, community, space, and $50K to our accelerator companies. Our investment stake will depend on the stage and structure of your company and will be in the typical accelerator range.

For more perspective on what we’re looking for, read this blog post.

Timeline for Matter Four

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The following is an updated timeline for the Matter Four program:
The fourth Matter class is scheduled to start on February 9th, 2015

 

Kick Off & Bootcamp
Design Review Zero
Design Review One
Design Review Two
Design Review Three
Demo Day SF
Demo Day NYC
Launch Out
February 9-15
February 19
March 19
April 16
May 14
June 11
June 14
June 22

*Dates are subject to change

Questions A Great Application Answers

What is your 1-sentence elevator pitch?

What is your mission?
What is motivating you to build this company? How does your company make society more informed, connected, and/or empowered? Why does your company matter?

Who is your customer?
Vividly describe the person (audience/user/customer) who will use your product/service and the context in which they will use it.

What problem are you solving?
What is the specific need you are meeting for your end user? (i.e. ___ needs a way to ___.)

What is your current solution?
What is the current way you are trying to solve this problem? (Your latest prototype solution.)

Why is this a big opportunity ripe to be solved now?
What big technological or societal trends make this the right time to tackle this opportunity? Where are you betting the world is heading? How big is this opportunity?

What is your business model?
How do you plan to be financially sustainable? How do you plan to generate revenue? Who ultimately pays for your product/service?

Why bet on your team?
Why is your team uniquely qualified to execute on solving this problem with this solution? How did you meet and how long have you been working together?

Why Matter? Why now?
What do you hope to accomplish in the 5 months of the program? What are your key next steps?

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