How International Founders Can Get Hooked Into The Silicon Valley Ecosystem

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March 12, 2020
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Finding your way in the Silicon Valley ecosystem is tough. For international founders unfamiliar with U.S. markets and customs, it can feel downright daunting. Luckily, there are a ton of valuable resources right here in Silicon Valley that offer support and guidance as you find your way. These meetups, cooperatives, and communities are a great place to start.


This accelerator and founders' cooperative has a global footprint with a significant presence in Silicon Valley. H/F offers a robust list of valuable services and assistance in exchange for a small equity stake in your company. Meetups are held at least twice monthly where founders, developers, UX pioneers, and business growth experts trade expertise, advice, and support.

Foreign Startups

Foreign Startups brings together founders of tech start-ups seeking traction and growth in the United States and across the globe. Members from 150+ countries share ideas, build connections, launch ventures, discuss their challenges, and expand their networks at twice-monthly meetings and events. Foreign Startups even offers services like pitch & presentation training and immersion programs to help you stay connected and confident.

Lightspeed Ventures

LightSpeed Ventures is a VC firm that invests on a global scale, with primary areas of focus in Asia, China, India, Israel, and the U.S. Their global footprint enables their portfolio companies to better understand growth opportunities and expand internationally.

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Startup Embassy

Startup Embassy is a hacker house that serves as a “soft-landing” for international tech entrepreneurs. Members live, work, and collaborate with like-minded founders as they acclimate to the Silicon Valley way of life. The requirements? You must be international and you must be currently working on your startup. Startup Embassy has hosted entrepreneurs from over 50 countries, some of which have been accepted into prominent incubators and accelerators like YC, 500 Startups, and Singularity University.

Startup Grind

Startup Grind is a global community for entrepreneurs that actively educates, inspires, and connects more than 2,000,000 entrepreneurs in 125+ countries. Members come together through monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators, and investors who share lessons learned while building successful companies. Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs build their businesses, connect with strategic partners, and secure funding. Their values include making friends, not contacts; giving, not taking; and helping others before helping yourself.

Silicon Valley Young Professionals

Sponsored by the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce, SVYP is a meetup dedicated to professionals of all industries between the ages of 21-45. Their vision is simple: to create an environment for the movers and shakers of Silicon Valley. They do that by providing non-profit outreach and networking at social events, fundraisers, seminars, and more.

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Elizabeth Jamae, Partner at Pearl Law Group

Elizabeth Jamae specializes in U.S. and global immigration program strategy, helping founders succeed by filling critical talent vacancies with foreign workers. A global network of partnerships in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe helps her secure sponsorship for foreign talent. She’s known for her holistic approach to talent research initiatives affecting a company’s growing global footprint.

OnePiece Connect Community by OnePiece Work

Last but not least, OnePiece Connect. OP Connect was built on OnePiece Work’s existing ecosystem and investment portfolio in the North American market. We provide global business expansion services to enterprises in all stages of business through efficient resource matching and strategic consulting. OnePiece Connect hosts a series of events designed to foster discussion on cross-border trends throughout the year. Each event will invite experts and professionals including entrepreneurs, investors, and product leaders from various industries to share their insights. The event program is designed to bring together talented professionals from around the world to network, learn, and grow a career taking advantage of the opportunities created by the cross-border industry.

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