Company url, if any:
If you have an online demo, what's the url?
(Please don't password protect it; just use an obscure url.)
Describe your company in 50 characters or less.
What is your company going to make?
Which category best applies to your company?
Consumer Community Marketplace Developer Tools B2B Enterprise Security Government Education Energy Biotech Healthcare Science Financial Services Hardware Robotics Drones Transportation Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Artificial Intelligence Entertainment Media Diversity International Markets Other
Where do you live now, and where would the company be based after HMC INQ?
(List as City A, Country A / City B, Country B.)
Email address we should contact you at:
Please provide an email address for each founder in the startup, excluding yourself. Founders must have at least 10% equity in the company. We will send an email to each founder to fill out additional information about themselves.
(Enter one cofounder email per line.)
Please tell us about an interesting project, preferably outside of class or work, that two or more of you created together. Include urls if possible.
How long have the founders known one another and how did you meet? Have any of the founders not met in person?
How far along are you?
If you've already started working on it, how long have you been working and how many lines of code (if applicable) have you written?
Which of the following best describes your progress?
Nothing Built Sketches Mockups / Renderings Prototype Private Beta Public Beta Taking Preorders Launched
Do you have revenue?
If you have already participated or committed to participate in an incubator, "accelerator" or "pre-accelerator" program, please tell us about it.
Why did you pick this idea to work on? Do you have domain expertise in this area? How do you know people need what you're making?
What's new about what you're making? What substitutes do people resort to because it doesn't exist yet (or they don't know about it)?
Who are your competitors, and who might become competitors? Who do you fear most?
What do you understand about your business that other companies in it just don't get?
How do or will you make money? How much could you make?
(We realize you can't know precisely, but give your best estimate.)
How will you get users? If your idea is the type that faces a chicken-and-egg problem in the sense that it won't be attractive to users till it has a lot of users (e.g. a marketplace, a dating site, an ad network), how will you overcome that?
Have you incorporated, or formed any legal entity (like an LLC) yet?
If you have not formed the company yet, describe the planned equity ownership breakdown among the founders, employees and any other proposed stockholders.
(This question is as much for you as us.)
Please provide any other relevant information about the structure or formation of the company.
Are any of the founders covered by noncompetes or intellectual property agreements that overlap with your project? If so, please explain.
Was any of your code written by someone who is not one of your founders? If so, describe how can you legally use it.
(Open source is ok of course.)
Is there anything else we should know about your company?
(Pending lawsuits, cofounders who have left, etc.)
If you had any other ideas you considered applying with, please list them. We may fund people to do something they list here and not in the main application.
Please tell us something surprising or amusing that one of you has discovered.
What convinced you to apply to HMC INQ?
How did you hear about HMC INQ?