When will batch #2 start?

Our first cohort of startups is currently in session. Our Summer 2018 application deadline is June 25th and the Summer 2018 cohort starts July 16th. We are now accepting applications for Summer 2018.

How is sputnik

different from

the other


in town? 



  • Set cohort dates
  • Structured mentoring that is tailored to your startup
  • Located in the heart of downtown Austin
  • We don't have an open office, so you won't have to fight to get time with Joe and Oksana
  • We use the Y-Combinator SAFE note so you don't have to haggle about valuation.
  • Our nerdy staff is second to none

What's included in the

Sputnik program? 



  1. $100,000 of funding
  2. Access to other investors
  3. Workspace
  4. Startup curriculum
  5. Mentorship with real C-level people

does sputnik fund

startups outside of


We require that businesses in the Sputnik ATX program be stationed in Austin for the three-month program. Please only apply if your business is within a 300-mile radius of Austin or is willing to move to an area within that radius and stay long-term. 

when is my application


Applications for the Winter 2018 cohort were due on December 25. We'll have 2 cohorts per year; Summer applications will be due on June 25, 2018 at 5:00pm.

what kind of startups

does sputnik fund?






All makers are welcome to apply!

With Exceptions:

  1. Real Estate
  2. Franchises
  3. Restaurants
  4. The naughty list (guns, drugs, alcohol, porn, gambling)
  5. Pyramid Schemes

I'm Not Incorporated and/or I don't have a co-founder yet. can I still apply? 

Yes, when in doubt, apply with what you've got. If you're accepted, we'll ask you to incorporate and find a co-founder if you don't already have one. 

What if i don't get in?





If you aren't accepted to our first class, don't be discouraged. We will do two cohorts per year. Rejections could be a result of many factors unrelated to whether we think your idea will take off. You are always welcome to reapply.

You should also look at other incubators/accelerators in the Austin area. They are great, and we're big fans of anybody in Austin doing early stage investing.  Texas is a great place for business, and Austin is its preeminent start-up launchpad.