Plug and Play Startup Acceleration Program

The Plug and Play Startup Acceleration Program is a three-month immersion into the Silicon Valley ecosystem and is designed to enable high-tech startups to explore business development, fund-raising and other strategic partnership opportunities.

Startups will be exposed to Plug and Play’s extensive network of corporate, technology and investment partners as well as mentors and advisors. More than 100 startups take part in the program every year at Plug and Play's main campus in Sunnyvale, California.

The Startup Acceleration Program includes:

Plug & Play University: During the first week of the program, startups will participate in a 3-day workshop to introduce entrepreneurs to the Silicon Valley ecosystem and business environment. Topics include:

  • Silicon Valley Overview
  • Legal, Tax and Accounting
  • Go-to-Market • Fundraising
  • Business Development
  • Pitching
  • Startup Case Studies

Plug & Play Accelerator: During the three-month program, startups will have access to the following strategic resources and networks through workshops, pitching sessions, speaker sessions, 1-on-1 introductions and events:

  • Corporate Partners
  • Investor Partners
  • Technology Partners
  • Mentors and Advisors
  • Executives-in-Residence
  • Speaker Series

Plug & Play Membership: During the three-month program, startups receive a basic Plug & Play Membership which includes:

  • Full Service Office Space
  • Community Events
  • Partner Events
  • Service Partners
  • Additional Services

Plug & Play EXPO: Plug & Play holds several major events per year, including our quarterly showcase EXPO or other industry/sector-focused events. Startups will have a reserved opportunity to take part in one of these events in the following ways:

  • Pitching Workshops
  • Startup Demos
  • Startup Pitches (selected startups only)

Startups are accepted into the Plug & Play Startup Acceleration Program through various channels, including our international partnerships as well as our various accelerator initiatives. Please apply through one of the following links:

If you are an international startup, you may also be able to apply through one of our international partners.

If you have any questions, please contact us


Please check with the individual programs for details.