How can we help?

Who can apply?

Entrepreneurs from all disciplines who are committed to making the interaction between cities and their citizens quality, life-enhancing experiences that advance engagement, economics and well-being. Startups focused on sustainability, data collection and mining, design, mobility, human connectivity, social wellbeing and beyond – are encouraged to apply.

What is the time commitment required of participants?

Participants will be required to commit to a 6-month period. During this time period, U.S-based startups will travel to Bangalore for 2 months of the program. The rest of program participation will happen through a mix of in-person events in Providence and weekly online recorded and/ or live-streamed sessions.

Can I apply if I am not located in Rhode Island?

Yes, but you will need to be able to participate in person in the programs and events happening at RIHub (at or near 225 Dyer Street, in Providence).

Do I need to be affiliated with Brown to apply?

Yes, but you will need to be able to participate in person in the programs and events happening at RIHub (at or near 225 Dyer Street, in Providence).

What if my solution falls beyond the suggested categories?

The list of broad areas mentioned in the guidelines are only an indicative list. We welcome out-of-the-box ideas and solutions that improve the quality of and opportunities within urban living.

Can a non-profit entity apply?

Given the structure of the equity stake in the program, non-profit organisations are unable to apply.

Can my solution be in a country other than India?

Yes, the problem being addressed can be in countries other than India. U.S.-based startups and solutions must be applied to other developing countries as the accelerator curriculum is tailored to these contexts.

Does our startup need to participate in the full accelerator program? Can we participate in specific modules?

Yes, all startups will be required to commit six-months to the program. During this time period, India-based start-ups will be expected to work out of CoWrks in Bengaluru as participation in all the training sessions, workshops, public programs and networking sessions are critical. Rhode Island-based start-ups will participate in a portion of the program in Bengaluru and will complete the curriculum through weekly online recorded and/or livestreamed modules. You cannot participate in only a few modules.

What is the deadline for submission of applications?

February 20, 2020

How much is the seed grant, and what other costs will be supported?

Each team will receive up to $40,000, depending on their stage of development. U.S based startups will receive additional funding to cover travel, lodging and other expenses to participate in the accelerator curriculum in Bangalore.

Who will the mentors be?

Participants will benefit from hands-on guidance from industry leaders and experts from India as well as mentors from RIHub community.

Who owns the intellectual property rights after the program ends?

CoWrks does not take any ownership over the rights to the solution. Teams own their intellectual property subject to any agreements they have with home institutions or other third partie.

Can I be a part of more than one team applying?

Yes, you may be part of more than one application. However, it is very unlikely that more than one of your teams would be accepted (if any are accepted). Our experience has found that people who are split between teams do not get the full benefit of the program.

Where should I send further questions?

All questions should be emailed to applications.foundry@cowrks.com.




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No 1 & 2 Murphy Road. Ulsoor, Bengaluru,
Karnataka 560008

Email Id: thefoundry@cowrks.com