This article will run you through how to apply for Galileo with step by step instructions.
Before you begin: be sure to read our Accelerator Page and this FAQ before applying.
Keep in mind: you can start and save a draft application to come back to as many times as you like. Once you hit submit we’ll reach out with next steps.
The way it works is that one email address is associated with your application form. While we expect the information may be a collaborative effort, one founder on your team should be the main contact.
Step 1: Enter your email to receive the form
Applying to Galileo is through our Quick Application form: apply.galileo.ventures.
Enter an email address you have access. Remember that this is the email address you can use to come back to your draft application.
The quick application process should take you about 10 minutes to complete, depending on where you are with your business and what materials you already have prepared.
If you can not answer all the questions or are unsure what they mean, please just get in touch or reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember: We like people applying early so we can follow your progress!
Step 2: Access the form
Check your inbox for an email from Team Galileo with the subject line: “Lets get started”.
Click the link and a website similar to below will open with the application form.
Each time you load that page, we will re-load the changes from our database. So make sure you click "Save draft" as you go (you can save anything in progress!) so you don't lose any work you've completed.
Step 3: Fill out the form
The form has 6 sections:
1. About you
2. Your startup
3. The problem & your progress
4. Your team
5. University relationships
6. Why Galileo?
Please fill out each section to the best of your ability. Keep in mind we prefer brevity and concise answers over lots of detail – we can always ask you for more information.
You’ve probably noticed there is not a lot of information requested – that is because its a quick application form!
After this step you’ll be invited to provide more information over the phone or through our full application process.
Step 4: Submit!
When ready, hit submit at the bottom, and we’ll be notified immediately of your application. We aim to get back to you with a response in 72 hours – either with an outcome or with next steps.
Tips and Things to Consider
Answer the questions directly, succinctly, and get to the point
When the application asks you to pitch your startup what we’re after is a brief elevator pitch, not a 20,000 word exposition.
This is essentially the teaser of your startup — it needs to be snappy, quickly get to the point, and it needs to encapsulate what you will do, what problem you will solve, and why it’s important.
A really handy template for an elevator pitch is as follows:
[Startup/product name] is a [description of what you do in 2–3 words] that [solves X problem] [unique value proposition].
Here’s what that looks like in practice:
Uber: Uber is a ride-sharing app that helps people get where they need to go, without the headaches and expense of getting a taxi.
Remember: if you’re unsure about applying we recommend to just apply anyway!
We like to see founders at all stages and always happy to give some initial feedback and thoughts.
If we say no this does not mean we will never invest!
You can apply as many times as you want. Often it's because we will want to see you progress your business more.