April 8, 2013
AngelHack, the unique hackathon that tacks on an accelerator program for winning teams, is coming to 36 cities this May and June, from Europe, Israel, and Russia to India and Asia to Australia and South America.
This year, the winning teams will get 12 weeks of mentorship in their home city, then an expenses-paid two weeks in Silicon Valley in early September, capped off with a demo day. In return, AngelHack asks for 2 percent equity in these fledgling enterprises.
AngelHack added 25 new cities this year after their travels around the globe, meeting developers who were eager to participate. After all, the chance to visit Silicon Valley isn’t one that comes by often for many of them.
“Everybody wants to feel that connection [to Silicon Valley], and we feel like we provide that bridge,” says cofounder Sabeen Ali. “We’re creating a bridge that goes two ways, and hopefully the conduit for a lot more exchange between these cities.”
“Silicon Valley, which is kind of the ‘mecca’ of startups and entrepreneurs trying to be the next big thing – people have only dreamt about this type of environment,” she adds.
Ali was particularly impressed by the scene in Mexico, where Monterey, Mexico City, and Guadalajara are competing for prominence. There, she says, executives from HP and Intel and IBM – normally competitors – sit down for drinks to figure out how to help the startup scene.
Across the ocean in Paris, she found entrepreneurs eager to leave France and its business-unfriendly regulations and move to the United States. And in India, she saw developers trying to organize the largest hackathon ever, with over 6,000 participants.
Developers can sign up for a hackathon here; if you can’t make it, there are a few spots in the accelerator for non-hackathon participants. And if AngelHack isn’t coming to your area, sign up to unlock your city.
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