• FAQ

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Here are the answers to some of the questions you're probably thinking about.

    What does the program look like?

    Reach Labs is 2-month program that begins in Manila, Philippines and ends in San Francisco Bay Area, USA. It consists of three main phases: Online Pre-Work, the Founders Bootcamp, and the Silicon Valley Trek. Click here to learn more.

    When will the program be and for how long?

    Online Pre-Work will start by May 14, 2018 and can be done anywhere and at your own time. The Founders Bootcamp will be on June 25-July 8, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. The Silicon Valley Trek will depend on which batch you're assigned to. Batch 1 will travel from July 15-22, 2018, while Batch 2 will travel from July 29-August 5, 2018. Click here to learn more.

    Where exactly is Silicon Valley?

    Silicon Valley refers to the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is the home of some of the world's largest start-up and global technology companies such Facebook, Google, and Apple. It is also the home of Stanford University.

     

    Silicon Valley consists of several cities and high-tech hubs such as San Jose, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Mountain View, and Sunnyvale. Note that although San Francisco City is not part of Silicon Valley, we will be visiting San Francisco City during our trek.

    Can I choose which Silicon Valley Batch I can join?

    There will be a section in the application form where you can state your preferred batch. Although we cannot guarantee you will get your top choice, we will most certainly consider your preference during the admissions process.

    What kind of activities will be doing during the Silicon Valley trip?

    We'll be doing a lot of things! Activities include, but are not limited to:

    • Entrepreneurship Workshops 
    • Founder mixers
    • Company tours, visits, and meet-ups
    • Visits to co-working spaces and innovation hubs
    • Visits to start-ups in San Francisco City 
    • Startup Events
    • Networking
    • Pitching events
    • Ideation workshops 
    • ...and many more!

    Will I be working alone or with a team?

    Reach Labs is all about teamwork and collaboration, so you will be working in teams throughout the program. The exception to this will be the Online Pre-Work, which is a mixture of both individual work and team work.

    How much of our time will the Online Pre-Work take?

    This depends entirely on you and your teammates. You have complete control of your work process as long as you submit all required work before important deadlines.

    What kind of companies will we be working with?

    Your partner company will be an early stage startup or technology company in the Philippines who is facing a specific crisis or problem. There will be a section in the application form where you can state your company and industry preferences (ex. technology, e-commerce, social enterprise, education, healthcare, etc.). Although we cannot guarantee you will get your top industry choice, we will definitely consider your preferences once we start assigning partner companies. The specific name of your partner company will be released once you're admitted to the program.

    Where in Silicon Valley will we stay?

    We have partner apartments and hotels in the Santa Clara county where students will stay in either single bedrooms or 2-bedrooms. The exact partner housing will be disclosed a few months before the trip, as it depends on availability.

    Why should I join Reach Labs?

    Reach Labs is a unique opportunity for you to not only experience entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, but also build the personal and professional skills you need to succeed in the global world. The program will also give you the chance to expand your global network, which may open doors to possible internships, work, and other opportunities. Reach Labs is an investment that you can make to explore and further advance your career and professional goals.

    Do I have to be a Filipino citizen to join the program?

    No, you do not have to be a Filipino citizen. As long as you are based in the Philippines and can be physically present during the Founders Bootcamp in Manila, then you're more than welcome to apply!

    I'm interested to join the program! How do I apply?

    We're excited to hear that! Click here to learn more about our application process, admissions criteria, and important deadlines.

    How much does it cost to join Reach Labs?

    Our program fee is USD $6000, which includes the following:

    • Complete program and educational materials
    • Materials for 14-day Founders Bootcamp
    • Housing for 8-days in Silicon Valley
    • Workshops and Speakers in both Manila and Silicon Valley
    • Company tours and visits in Silicon Valley and San Francisco City
    • Visits to co-working spaces and innovation hubs in Silicon Valley
    • Transportation in Silicon Valley
    • Start-up events and panels in Silicon Valley and San Francisco City
    • Select mixers and dinners in Silicon Valley
    • Travel insurance

    Note: Our program fee does not include airfare and personal expenses (such as daily meals, travel costs unrelated to the program, and the like).

    Why isn't airfare part of your program fee?

    We want to give participants the freedom to choose their own flight itinerary based on their individual needs and preferences. For example, some participants may want to fly into San Francisco earlier, or depart later. Some participants may also have their own airline preferences. Additionally, some may want to add stop-overs to their flights, or may want to visit other destinations before (or after) the Silicon Valley Trek. By choosing your own flight itineraries, you'll have the flexibility to choose a travel schedule that works best for you.

    What type of visa do we need to travel to the US? Do you handle visa applications?

    To enter the United States and participate in our program, you will need 1) a valid passport with at least 6 months validity before expiration date, and 2) an active B-1/B-2 Visitor Visa. The B-1/B-2 Visitor visa is for people traveling to the US temporarily for business (B-1) or for pleasure, tourism, or visiting (B-2). Often, the B-1 and B-2 visas are combined and issued as one visa: the B-1/B-2.

     

    If you currently don't have this type of visa, you'll need to apply for one. Click here to learn more about the application process. While Reach Labs does not personally handle visa applications, we can certainly guide you towards the right direction.

    When will I know if I'm part of the program?

    Admissions decisions for early applicants will be released by December 31, 2017. Admissions decisions for late applicants will be released by late January 2018.

    By when do I need to commit to the program and reserve my slot?

    Admitted applicants will have until the February 2018 to commit to the program and reserve their slot. This means that admits must electronically confirm their slot in the program and pay the program fee by February 2018. You will receive more information via e-mail once you're admitted to the program.

     

    If you were admitted to the program but unsure if you will attend, we kindly request that you let us know as soon as possible so that we can release your slot to applicants who are in our waitlist.

    I have relatives in the US. Can I stay with them instead?

    No. Part of the educational experience is being immersed in an environment with like-minded peers. Thus, all program participants are required to stay in Reach Labs housing. We will also be holding events, dinners, and workshops in Reach Labs housing, so it's important that participants reside there.

    I have a question, but I cannot find it in your FAQ.

    For additional inquiries, please message us at hello@reachlabs.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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