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Startuptravels City Guide San Francisco

City Guide San Francisco/Silicon Valley

Here you find Startuptravels City Guide San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley is the tech capital of the world and startup mecca where entrepreneurship is booming. The Bay Area is great for technology companies and offers an excellent eco-system for startups to network, find investors and connect with like-minded people. Silicon Valley is home for the biggest tech giants in the world: Apple, Google, Facebook and we could write a way longer list.

The entrepreneurial community in the city is based on mutual support and the startups always find ways to connect with someone who encourage their idea. There are hundreds of shared work spaces, accelerators, incubators and VC´s to choose from. The San Francisco area offers a wide range of events and conferences, and while you are there you will always have a chance to meet new people, friends and advisers to talk about your business and get ideas, motivation and encouragement. We have in this post collected some information that can be useful when traveling to San Francisco. The list could be 10 times longer, but here are a bit to give you some inspiration and ideas as to what you should do when you are there. Get the full overview of Startuptravels City Guides here!

Check out City Guide Amsterdam, City Guide Copenhagen and City Guide Barcelona as well.



500 Startups: 500 Startups is a seed fund and startup accelerator program offering a 4 month accelerator program with access to a network of 1000+ founders and 200+ mentors.They invest $100k in exchange for 7%, and charge a $25K program fee for a net $75K investment.

More about 500 Startups

Y Combinator: Y Combinator provides seed funding for early stage startups. They work with startups on their ideas and teach founders how to pitch ideas to investors and how to deal with the interest generated. There are two programs each year, one from January to March, and another starting in June. Dropbox and Airbnb are among the biggest names in their portfolio.

More about YC

AngelPad: AngelPad is founded by ex-Googler Thomas Korte. Twice a year (spring and fall) AngelPad provides a 10 weeks intensive mentorship program for startups. The program concentrates on helping founders to prepare for fundraising and a demo day. AngelPad´s demo day is organized at the end of the mentorship program where startups are presenting their businesses to a large number of investors.

More about AngelPad

Matter: Matter supports media entrepreneurs and startups through their accelerator program. They invest $50K and you become part of their 5 months program that is kickstarted with an intensive bootcamp.

More about Matter

Parisoma: Parisoma is a startup incubator and hosts 60+ early stage startups. Startups get support from mentors and partners. They organize 10-15 design and tech events each month including speaker series, hackathons and workshops.

More about Parisoma

Founder Institute: Founders Institute is the “the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program” focusing on building technology companies.In the four month long program you learn through structured training courses, practical business assignments, and expert feedback.

More about Founder Institute


More accelerators/incubators: OneTractionInnoSpring, PlugAndPlay, Runway, Greenstart, TopLine, RockHealth, Imagine K12, LemnosLabs, Tandem and many more…


Co-working spaces

RocketSpace: RocketSpace is not just a coworking space, it is a community offering to help their tech startups getting connected to the right talent, technology, business development and back office resources. At their SF campus, you will become part of a great ecosystem.

More about RocketSpace

NextSpace: NextSpace is a collaborative community and coworking space in different cities across US and at several locations in the Bay Area. The San Francisco office is situated downtown and offers different memberships and benefits to its members. A workstation membership costs $635/month and day passes can be acquired from $25.

More about NextSpace

Sanbox Suites: Sanbox Suites offers coworking spaces in three locations in the area by also having one in Palo Alto and one in Berkeley. They offer coworking space for freelancers, small business owners and professionals.You can choose between different memberships with different prices.

More about Sanbox Suites

Parisoma: Parisoma offers a great amount of services and products that you want a co-working space to have. You will be amazed by what is offered – from free indoor bike parking garage to 24/7 access and regular events and hackathons.

More about Parisoma

More co-working spaces: Startuphouse, Founders SpaceCitizen Space, Wework, 20Mission, Nomad-A-What, ImpactHub, ThirdWorkplace, Co-Spot and many more…


Entrepreneurs to look up

Lee Jacobs: Lee Jacobs is a venture capitalist at MHS Capital, advisor at 500 Startups and AngelList and founder of Havoc Ventures, an investment company.

More about Lee Jacobs on Twitter

Thomas Korte: Thomas is startup advisor, ex-Google product manager, angel investor and founder of AngelPad.

More about Thomas Korte on Twitter

Bob Rosin: Bob Rosin is VP Business development at LinkedIn and mentor at The Founder Institute. He has earlier worked at e.g. Microsoft and Skype.

More about Bob Rosin on Twitter


Upcoming startups

Bluebox: Bluebox is a mobile data security solution that provides seamless data visibility and protection by securing the corporate data.

More about Bluebox

Blurb: Blurb is an independent publishing platform which gives you the ability to create, publish, sell and distribute photo books, trade books and magazines in print and digital formats.

More about Blurb

Betterworks: Betterworks was founded in 2013 with the goal of helping people feel like they are winning at work. Their enterprise goal platform drives high performing companies to become operationally excellent, and provide powerful insights about how work gets done.

More about Betterworks

Grow: Grow offers business intelligence dashboards for small and medium sized businesses to track the right metrics, make good decisions and lead with confidence.

More about Grow

Slack: Slack is a corporate messaging tool, a great platform for team communication and one of the most successful startups in 2014. The Startuptravels team uses this great tool.

More about Slack


Hashtags and events

Hacker Founders: On this website you will find a list of events happening in San Francisco.

More information

SF New Tech: This event is one of the Bay Area´s most loved monthly technology events.

More information

Tech Central SF: Here you find the events related to High Tech and Bio Tech.

More information

SF Bay Events list:

Meetups: SF Growth Hackers, Startup Grind Silicon Valley, 106 Miles and Bay Area Mobile Growth Hackers


If you have any questions or want to know some more about this great city, feel free to reach out to our ambassadors Ivan TkachenkoYrja Oftedahl Lothe and Anders Hasselstrøm.

Anything else we should add? Let us know in the comments below.


Written and uploaded by Eniko Olah


  1. Let me know if there is any questions at all regarding the startup scene in San Francisco. I’ve now been living in San Francisco for a few months and have a good idea about what’s going on here. Feel free to find me on Startuptravels :)

  2. Hi Anders!

    Nice to meet you :)

    I would like to recommend to add an awesome co-live co-work space in the city called StartupBasecamp ( and the Founder as an entrepreneur to list – Guillaume De Dorlodot. SBC recently opened in Brussels and Montreal too!




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