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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is there a cost to the program?
The Solve School is completely free* if you complete the course and graduate. On acceptance you will have to pay a subsidised price of £500 to secure your spot which we will refund on successful graduation. This is to ensure you have some skin in the game, keep yourself accountable and do not let yourself down. Else, all you need is a laptop & internet.
Is there a limit on the number of founders who can participate in the program?
We do not have a limit on the number of participants.
How many hours should I expect to put into this?
For founders in Solve School, there is a minimum commitment of 3 hours a week: 2 hours of lecture and one group session.
How does this relate to CommonVC accelerator program? Will it improve my chances of getting into CVC Accelerator?
Solve School was created as a resource for anyone who has started their own purposeful company aligned with our mission, and wants to accelerate its journey to market. It is designed to compliment and feed into our main accelerator program. Whilst there is no automatic progression from the Solve School to the CommonVC accelerator, completing the Solve School program will raise your profile to those selecting for the acellerator program.
Who is eligible for the program?
Solve School is open to all founders currently working on a startup, or founders about to start one to go through the course.
If you’re not currently working on a startup, you are more than welcome to observe the course and have full access to the online lectures.
If I’m running a startup, why should I bother with this? What do I get out of it?
If you’re running a startup, this program will help provide insight on running your company through exposure to best practices, helpful resources, and actionable advice. In addition to the lecture material, you will have access to a gloabl community of founders, all working to solve the world’s biggest challenges. You’ll also have the chance to receive $15,000 in funding after graduating from the program.
How do we get the £5,000 in funding? How much equity will you take?
Once you’ve successfully completed the course, you can apply for the £5,000 in funding. The funding is completely equity-free.
What are the requirements to complete and pass the course? Are there exams and homework?
To successfully complete the course, you must submit at least 5 out of your 6 weekly updates, attend 5 out of 6 group sessions and litter pick at least 5 times. There are no exams. There is a requirement to dedicate 3 hours a week to the program for 6 consecutive weeks.
If I’m working with other people, who should participate?
We recommend inviting your co-founders to participate with you. Designate one founder as your representative for group sessions.
Who is teaching the lectures?
Lectures will be taught by industry experts from corporations & startups.
Where will the lectures be filmed?
The lectures will be filmed in London at CommonVC HQ.
What happens at the end of the course?
Upon successful completion, your online Solve School profile will be marked as having graduated the course, and you’ll have a chance to receive £5,000 in equity-free funding.