The Inception Camp

6 weeks. 40 Founders.
Connect, Ideate and Create Together.

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An invite-only Fellowship of 'A-Players' with diverse expertise all in the early stages of working on their next startup.

Highly Selective & Invite Only

The program is only as good as the people in it.
We take our sourcing & selection process very seriously.

Meet Exceptional
Co-Founders

Why waste months connecting with talented individuals over coffee when we can get them all in the same room?

Explore Problems & Validate Ideas

Get access to validated ideas and real world problems from industry experts, C-level executives and top founders.

Equity Free

We only participate in your future success, read more about 'The Deal' below.

The Process

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The Process

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Explore co-founders & ideas

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Form a strong founding team

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Validate your Problem-Solution-Fit

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Build and get early traction

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Connect with our angels & VCs

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Leverage our alumni network

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Selection

APPLY
ONLINE

Submit your invite code and tell us a bit about yourself.

INFO
SESSION

A closed info session for all of us to understand that we're a good fit.

FULL
APPLICATION

Submit a full application to be considered for the upcoming Inception Camp

PERSONAL
INTERVIEW

Preliminary in-depth interview to learn more about your skillset, mindset & motivations.

ADMISSIONS
COMITTEE

Full assessment of your compatibility with the program.

Program Methodology & Structure

The 6 week program is built over several pillars accelerating the Team Formation,
Ideation & Customer Discovery processes.

Ideation

We'll facilitate industry sprints, mini-hackathons and real-world innovation challenges with top executives and leading corporations.

These will support the discovery of real customer problems and the validation of business needs.

Team Formation

We understand just how delicate & complicated team formation is.

We'll be facilitating and setting the ground for Fellows to explore working together with as many other potential co-founders as possible, each time in varying teams and in different professional settings.

Validation

The first thing a startup needs to do is talk to customers and validate its business assumptions.

We'll open doors & accelerate the time it takes you to connect with potential customers, design partners and strategic stakeholders.

The Day After - Inception Fellowship

The program is just the kickoff of a long lasting journey.
We will continue supporting Fellows and teams on an ongoing basis with:

Closed community events & networking opportunities.

Curated founder groups for consultations.

Weekly office hours for tailored value creation.

Access to funding & fundraising support.

Sourcing talent for your newly formed company.

Access to our suite of “For-Founders” software and tools.

What’s “the deal”?

Your success - is our success.

Participants sign a warrant that allows InceptionTLV to participate in a future funding round, if and when one takes place.

No company is built? No funding is raised?  We get nothing.

As for our terms - whatever terms you get from your future investors, we do as well.
No discount.  No cap.  No fine print. It’s really that simple.

Program fees - 750$.

We want you to “put your money where your mouth is” and commit.

Throughout the program we invest roughly 8,000$ in each participant, this simply covers some of the costs.

If this is a problem for you financially and keeps you from applying - talk to us and we’ll find a solution.

Frequently asked questions

Selection & Compatibility
Why do you require a full-time commitment?

We are looking for the individuals most likely to 'make the leap' and start a company in the near-immediate future.

We believe people actively pursuing this endeavor in a full time capacity are more likely to do so versus individuals still working full-time and exploring options as they go.

For such individuals we have our part-time-track.

Why do you require a referral?

It is a very effective mechanism to keep this community as exclusive, vetted, and hand-picked as possible.

The program is 99% made of the people who are in the room and we take our efforts very seriously making sure it's the right group of people.

How do I get a referral if I don't have one?

You can contact one of our program partners - detailed here.

Or a member of our Fellowship - detailed here.

What if I already have an idea?

Many participants come into the program with ideas in varying maturity stages.

If you're already fixed on a specific idea and are only interested in finding the right co-founder(s) to join you, that's great and definitely acceptable.

Please make sure to mention that in your application form so we can take it into consideration when building the cohort.

Do I need to have an idea?

No, you don't "need" to have an idea.
Many participants join the program do so in an exploratory mode, experimenting and exploring different ideas for ventures.

The program is geared to effectively help expedite the ideation process and provide you with access to semi-validated ideas.

I'm not actively looking to start a company in the upcoming months, is the program still relevant for me?

The program is mostly geared for individuals who are committed to starting a company in the immediate future.

We suggest you consider our part-time track as a way to start engaging the process.

It would probably be best if you apply to the full-time track once you feel the time is right for you.

What if I already have an incomplete team and am looking to find another co-founder?

We can definitely help, but we make a case by case decision on how.

We suggest you engage through the part-time track and we'll take it from there.

Who is eligible to apply for the program?

Any individual, with or without and idea that is looking to start a startup in the immediate future.

We look for those exceptional individuals and understand they come in "many shapes and forms".

A referral is required.

Who is your 'ideal candidate'? What do you look for?

Founders come in many shapes & forms and there's no 'one-size-fits-all' or one ideal candidate.

In addition to having a strong and relevant professional background, people who are a good fit tend to encompass the following traits in varying levels:

  • A positive approach towards life, a strong growth-mindset and high self-awareness. They invest time and effort acknowledging their downsides and strong suites. Constantly working to balance both in a positive manner, to become the best version of themselves.
  • A tendency to dream big and execute with clarity. They believe they have the ability to shape reality with strong conviction. They hold the unique ability to clearly define how reality would look like the 'day-after' they accomplish their mission.
  • An innate need to get sh*t done. They back their dreams with action. If they spend too much time away from actually building something they feel mild withdrawal symptoms.
  • Curious self-learners. They like to learn, figure stuff out on their own, challenge the status quo and think critically about anything that crosses their path.
  • Resilience & tenacity. They can take a good blow and get up quickly.  They have the mental strength needed to endure the startup rollercoaster, and even enjoy it.
  • All-in. They have made the leap and know they want to pursue the path of entrepreneurship.  They're not in this for the money or fame.   They're all-in.

Most importantly, no jerks, no a-holes, no backstabbers. Good things happen to good people who work hard, play well with others, and deliver.

How do you assess & evaluate candidates?

It's important to note that we do not assess people.

We only humbly assess whether a respected individual would be a good fit for InceptionTLV in our opinion.

That being said, we look for relevant skillsets and experience, a strong mindset, communication skills, team working abilities etc. Things you would look for in a co-founder.

What should I expect from the rest of the people that will be there with me?

We take our efforts very seriously making sure we bring together the right group of people.
You should expect each participant to be:

  • All-in and fully committed to launching a startup in the immediate future.
  • Domain expertise & relevant skills (7+ years of relevant work experience).
  • "A-Players" & "Founder material" - individuals who put their heart and soul into everything they do.
  • People who we would enjoy calling our friends -humble, hungry, helpful.
The Program
Why do you charge program fees?

We want everyone to “put their money where their mouth is” and fully commit to the process.

Throughout the program we invest roughly 8,000$ in each participant and program fees help us cover some of the costs.

If this is a problem for you financially and keeps you from applying - talk to us and we’ll find a solution.

Where does the program take place? Do you offer offices?

The program takes place at the heart of Tel Aviv, Israel.

Participants will be granted 24/7 access to a co-working space (WeWork) where most of the programs sessions will take place.

How does the program look like? What happens during the weeks?

The program is geared to effectively support participants with two main efforts:

(1) Team Formation & (2) Ideation & Validation

As such, it is comprised from a mix of social events, mini-hackathons, open innovation challenges and personal work time.

Leveraging these challenges we provide you the opportunity to work with other participants around tangible problems, exploring both your working dynamics and testing your ideas

While every day looks different, you should expect a mix of these elements, with an emphasis on personal work and time to research and validate both ideas and potential co-founders.

How do you facilitate the team-formation & co-founder exploration phase?

Prior to the program, we provide all participants with access to our 'Profiling System' detailing each participant's background, skills, motivations and domain expertise.

Based on participants' input and matching skillsets, we create varying rosters of teams to work around different innovation challenges and explore tangible ideas.

This provides you with the opportunity to work intensely with many participants over a short period of time and test your dynamics.

We also facilitate social activities & events where you can connect on a deeper level and develop your relationships.

Is there a specific focus to the ventures formed within the program? Is there a restriction / preference for what I work on?

We do not focus or limit participants in any way.  You can choose to work on whatever you'd like, given your team's joint background and domain expertise.

Given the nature of this program, it is important to take into account that it would be harder to assemble a team around domains that require a very specific technological or scientific expertise (i.e medical devices).

What help do you offer around Ideation & Validation?

Throughout the program we provide participants with:

  • Access to our curated databases of validated product ideas (with 9,000+ popular but poorly executed & undervalued products and apps)
  • 'Request for a Startup' Sessions: 10+ seminars led by investors, founders, corporate executive and open innovation managers speaking about their organizational needs and pain points.
  • 'Open Innovation Challenges' - Industry Sprints with our corporate partners where specific challenges will be presented and hacked around.
What happens if I don't find a team in the program?

Yes, that might happen, and in that case:

  • You got to meet 39 incredible individuals who could support you further on.
  • You join our Fellowship where we continue providing you with access to potential co-founders, events and opportunities.
  • If we both think it's a good fit, you'd be invited to future Inception Camps.
What's the 'deal'? What does Inception get out of this?

We're a talent investor and we want to be part of your success.  

This means we're looking for the best & brightest individuals, to whom we offer a 'no-brainer' deal.

Upon joining the Fellowship you agree to give us the right participate in a future funding round of your company, if and when one takes place.

No company is built? No funding is raised?   We get nothing.

As for our terms - No discount.  No cap.  No fine print.

Whatever terms you get from your future investors, we do as well.  It’s really that simple.

Why do you require a full-time commitment?

We are looking for the individuals most likely to 'make the leap' and start a company in the near-immediate future.

We believe people actively pursuing this endeavor in a full time capacity are more likely to do so versus individuals still working full-time and exploring options as they go.

For such individuals we have our part-time-track.

What kind of value should I expect to get out of the program?

Finding the right co-founder(s) and idea to work on is highly challenging and can take anywhere from months to years.

We expedite this process by providing you with access to a carefully selected group of potential founders and support you in the early stages of forming your startup.

By the time the program is over, you'll be part of a lifelong Fellowship of 'A Players' looking to start companies that will change the world for the better.

Why do you require a full-time commitment?

Finding the right co-founder(s) and idea to work on is highly challenging and can take anywhere from months to years.

We expedite this process by providing you with access to a carefully selected group of potential founders and support you in the early stages of forming your startup.

By the time the program is over, you'll be part of a lifelong Fellowship of 'A Players' looking to start companies that will change the world for the better.

Why six weeks? Isn't it too short? Or too long?

We believe six weeks is the minimum period of time it takes for such a group to deeply connect and explore working together.

The program is seeking to strike a delicate balance between asking you for as little time as possible (we view that as your most valuable resource) while providing you with a real opportunity to find a team.

Notwithstanding, our relationship does not conclude at the end of 6-weeks, we will continue helping you throughout the startup journey and keep on providing valuable opportunities, access to partners, employees.

The Day After
How does the relationship between us look after the program ends? What do you provide?

We're not here for the short run and love what we do.
Once you join the Inception Camp you become a 'Fellow" and are now 'stuck' with us forever :)

(if you'd like to, that is).

Being part of the Inception Fellowship means that you benefit from:

   -  Ongoing support in building your founding team and first hires

   -  Accessing our angel-club and partnering VCs

   -  Tapping into the 'Growth Platform'

   -  Investment opportunities in our syndicates

   -  Intimate networking events and more

Find exceptional co-founders.
Build a startup.

Life is too short to regret not chasing your dreams.