Our application process is intended to help us get to know you better—not to judge your writing or video skills. We’re looking to see your team’s personalities, passion, and commitment.

The process includes two phases: 1) a video and written application; and 2) for those who are selected to move to the next phase, a virtual interview with members of the Breakthrough team. Teams that are selected to participate in an interview will also be asked to submit a budget for how they would use their $100K award within the nine months of participating in Breakthrough.

Video submission with written application  

  • To apply, your team will:

    1. Upload a video (no more than 5 minutes)
    2. Submit a written application form
  • Your video will:

    • Introduce your team
    • Describe the importance of your innovation
    • Share why you are interested in joining Breakthrough
  • Your written application will: 

    • Describe your innovation, including the equity challenge it addresses and how it was designed
    • Explain how you’re measuring the impact of your innovation
    • Share your vision for the innovation and any barriers to achieving your goal
    • Outline your team’s qualifications, experience, and motivation

Click here for a full list of the video and written application form questions.

Interviews

We know the value of conversations and connections. In the second phase of our application process, we will conduct interviews with selected teams to learn more about your team and innovation. Applicants will be notified by late June if they have been selected to participate in an interview with the Breakthrough team and will be given clear instructions on what to expect.

Teams that are selected to participate in an interview will be required to submit a budget outlining how they would use the $100K award over the nine-month duration of their involvement in Breakthrough. Teams will receive guidance on the budget submission process and timeline.

important dates

  • Friday, April 5

    Application opens

  • Friday, May 17th at 11:59 PM PT

    Application closes

  • July 2024

    Interviews

  • August 2024

    Invitations sent to selected teams

  • September 2024

    Accelerator begins

weekly office hours

  • Thursday, April 18 at 3:00-4:30 PM ET

    Register here.

  • Tuesday, April 23 at 11:00-12:30 PM ET

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  • Thursday, May 2 at 3:00-4:30 PM ET

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  • Tuesday, May 7 at 11:00-12:30 PM ET

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  • Thursday, May 16 at 3:00-4:30 PM ET

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Have questions about applying to the Breakthrough Accelerator? Join an upcoming office hour, open to all during the application period, to ask any questions and chat with members of the Breakthrough team!