By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW CEO & Chairman
Are you a startup working with – for example – new Wi-Fi technology for Internet access? Then here’s your chance to work with Facebook. The social media giant is dedicating their Facebook Accelerator program to connectivity startups for the first time. Here’s how to apply and how it all works.
Facebook has a huge vested interest in expanding affordable access to the Internet and has over the years invested significantly in connectivity projects all over the world. Now the Facebook Accelerator program is for the first time inviting connectivity startups to sign up. The selected startups will get a chance to work closely with the Facebook Connectivity team, Facebook says.
“The startups will get a chance to work with the Facebook Connectivity team and receive mentorship and guidance through the process. The idea is for us to support the startups in a process towards scaling their impact,” says Stacey Yip, a spokeswoman at Facebook. Stacey says up to thirty promising connectivity startups will be selected for the program.
Facebook says “participants will gain industry-oriented training and workshops with access to industry experts, mentors, and potential strategic partners and investors”. They’re looking for “startups that will make an impact on the speed, coverage, or costs of connectivity” including within specific technological areas such as cloud services, innovations in radio, and AI/ML-optimized communications, Facebook says.
Facebook says the deadline for registering for the 12-week program is September 11 – which is technically tomorrow – so better get a move on it. To apply go to this link immediately. Applicants need to be headquartered in the Americas. Update: Right now it looks like the deadline has been extended to September 14 – have a look at the link.