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Accelerator
What are the exact dates for the next program?
We aren't sure because they are still up in the air. But you can use our previous program's Key Dates as a point of reference. Please check back in periodically.
Who is best suited for the program?
If you’re a creative entrepreneur with a strong vision, you’re exactly who we’re looking for.
We’re excited about teams that will use the tools and resources available through the program to build innovative companies.
When is the program?
Our 2021 program commences on February 1, 2021 and concludes on May 7, 2021.
Do I need to participate in the program full-time?
Yes, during the three month program we ask that founders participate full-time in programming events.
Where is the program located?
Our 2021 program will be a virtual program; however, all programming will take place on the Pacific Time Zone.
Do I have to partner my company with Snapchat?
No, we are a platform agnostic accelerator. We do not require your company to partner with or integrate with our platform.
However, there are opportunities to explore partnerships or integrations with Snapchat.
We don't really need the money. Does it still make sense to apply?
Money is only a small part of what Yellow offers. The program will include customized seminars, mentorship from across industries, access to future investors, and the possibility of distribution on Snapchat.
What if we're doing something expensive that takes a long time?
We believe great companies are built in small pieces. We’d like teams to use our three month program to lay the groundwork or continue building upon the foundation they have already set in place.
When and how will I know if my project has been selected?
If selected, you will receive a message from our team via our application platform, F6S, that outlines next steps.
Due to the volume of emails and applications, we are unable to individually provide status updates in regards to your application throughout the process. We appreciate your understanding. See Key Dates for further details.
What should I know about the program as an international founder?
Our 2021 program will be virtual - so you can access our programming from anywhere with an internet connection. Please note, while we’ll do our best to accommodate time zones for one to one programming, all programming will be on the Pacific Time Zone.
How will the Yellow Team communicate updates to me during the application process?
Please check your F6S inbox for notifications regarding deadlines, potential next steps, and final decision regarding your application to Yellow.
What resources and opportunities will be provided during the three months?
The program will include up to ten companies. Founding teams will likely consist of 1 to 4 people.
The program will include customized seminars, access to future investors and mentors, and the possibility of a commercial partnership from Snapchat, if desired.
In addition, Snap will invest $150k in each team that is accepted.
How do I submit an application?
When applications are open, you can find it here.
What criteria do you have for selecting program candidates?
Our decision making process will be informed by the application, the company presented, people involved, samples of prior work, and an interview, if requested.
How much do you invest?
We have a standard deal. We'll invest $150k.
Can a solo founder apply for funding?
Yes, absolutely. We’re looking for great founders, whether it’s just you or an entire team!
We've already been working on our project for a while. Is the program appropriate for us?
Yes, we’re open to applicants that have already made progress on their ideas.
We've already raised funding, can we still apply?
Yes, we’re open to applicants that have already taken some amount of funding.
Can you get us work visas?
No, we won’t be able to handle any immigration related matters. If you need help, we can refer you to legal and immigration services teams.
Collabs
Who is this program for?
Yellow Collabs are for companies of any size that want to work closely with us to leverage the Snap platform to deliver innovative products to millions of people. Your team should be able to have the capabilities required to execute all the elements proposed in your application. Whether you’re a two person team, a non-profit, a public company, or anything in between, if you have interesting ideas for how Snap’s platform can help your company, we’d love to hear from you!
What is the difference between Yellow Collabs and the Yellow Accelerator?
Yellow Collabs is for companies that want to work closely with the Snap team on integrations that show off the best of their product through Snapchat. Collabs do not involve investment, so we welcome companies of all sizes, from early stage startups to innovation teams from large companies.
The Accelerator is focused on helping early stage companies get off the ground and gain momentum. Unlike Yellow Collabs, the Accelerator Program does include investment in exchange for equity and provides broad business mentorship as well as assistance in fund raising if desired.
What kind of access and support will you provide?
Participants in Yellow Collabs will have direct access to experts in the parts of the Snap platform they are integrating with in the form of office hours. This can include product, design, and engineering expertise to help ensure the integration maximizes the power of the platform. In addition to the regular mentor support, participants will also have access to monthly luminary speaker events as well as networking opportunities.
What happens at the end of the program?
The program will culminate in a Showcase event. This will be an opportunity for each company to present their integration in front of a targeted audience.
When is the Yellow Collabs program?
The program begins Monday, September 21, 2020 and runs through Friday, December 18, 2020.
Where is the program located?
Yellow Collabs will be fully remote. All programming will happen on Pacific Time. While we will do our best to accommodate the participants’ local time zones, they will all occur within general Pacific Time working hours.
How do I submit an application?
We are not currently accepting applications. When applications are open, you can find our application here.
When will I find out if I’ve been accepted?
We will notify all applicants no later than September 11, 2020.
What is the application process? Is there an interview?
There will be two rounds of interviews. These will all take place via video conference.
Do you invest in the chosen companies?
No. Yellow Collabs is designed to support companies of all stages and provide them with dedicated programming and support to deliver best in class integrations.
Do I have to integrate with Snap?
Yes.
What areas of the Snap platform can I integrate with?
There are many many ways you can integrate with the Snap platform!! However, the Collabs program is focused on three key areas of the Snap platform:
  1. Snap Minis
  2. Dynamic Lenses
  3. Other Snap Kit
Please see the Yellow Collabs page for more details on those target areas.
I have more than one integration idea? Can I submit more than one application?
No, please pick one priority integration area and submit one application for this program. We’re seeking integration projects that are in depth and teams that are dedicated to execution within a short time frame. Please apply with the idea you’re most energized about moving forward now.
Do I have to integrate with all five tracks of the program?
No. You should select one feature to focus your efforts on for the duration of the program. Though you’re certainly welcome to integrate with other areas.
What if I’m an individual?
We are focused on integrations that are more ambitious in scope, which tend to require a larger team.
If you are an individual AR creator with a focus on SnapML in Lens Studio 3.0, you can consider applying to our Residency Program!
Can I send a team from my company?
Yes. We welcome startups that want to involve their whole team, or specific teams within a larger organization that would focus on the integration. Please specify in your application the members that would actively participate in the program.
Do you accept International applicants?
Yes. This is a fully remote program so all programming will be done online. However, we will be operating the program on Pacific Time, and will try our best to make accommodations where possible within Pacific Time zone to support international participants.
Can I integrate with Snap even if I don’t get into the Yellow Collabs program?
Absolutely!! Much of the platform is currently self-serve and open. This program is focused on more ambitious or creative projects that would benefit from closer collaboration with the Snap teams.