Frequently asked questions

About our online program, Silicon Valley Innovation Camps and InnovaLab

 

FAQ

Cancelations and refunds

Why reservations are not refundable?


Just because a lot of work is done by our team to select the applicants, organize the program, secure accomodations and sort out the logistics before the program starts. We want to have students (and parents) who are really commited to the program. Single cancellations impact the outcome of the whole cohort and generate a financial burden to us.




What if our son or daugher is refused entry to the United States?


We are sorry but these issues are out of our control and we can not refund your payment as we have already spent on accomodation, logistics, remuneration of our staff, professors, etc. This is an extremely unlikely event to occur, though. So far, we have had just one case of a student refused at the border due to incomplete documentation. The best way to avoid an unpleasant surprise is to make sure they come with all required documentation. Make sure to check the latest information on the CBP website.




Cancelations and refunds policy


All cancellation requests must be made in writing and send to admission@innovalab.us. Deposits are non-refundable. Any tuition paid to InnovaLab will be refunded if processed 30 days before the beginning of the Innovation Bootcamp.





Innovation Camps

How do I confirm a spot on Innovalab's Innovation Bootcamp?


  1. You need to submit your application through the application page;
  2. We will contact your preferred teacher or mentor via email so he or she can submit their letter of recommendation to InnovaLab;
  3. We will then send an invitation to schedule a 15-min interview to assess if you are a good fit for the program;
  4. Once accepted, you must pay a non-refundable deposit of $600 to secure your spot;
  5. 30 days before the program starts, you have to pay the outstanding balance.




Where do the programs take place?


It varies per program, agenda, group size and time of the year. Generally we host activities at InnovaLab's offices in San Francisco, and we take a few days to visit other places such as conferences, startups, tech companies, etc. We have eventually hosted programs at offices or universities in San Francisco, Menlo Park, Sunnyvale and San Jose. All our programas take place within the confines of Silicon Valley.




Where are students hosted?


It also varies per program and time of the year. During summer months, we use universities campuses while off-season we tend to accomodate the students in hotels or houses. No matter the lodging, there are always InnovaLab's staff supervising students and making sure they are safe and comfortable. During the program we are avaialble 24/7 for them personal or through phone or chat.




What about the transportation? What do you use?


We provide transportation for all the activities during the program. For moving between long distance locations we may use different modes of transportation such as a chartered bus, Caltrain/Bart or Uber/Lyft.




Do you provide visit inside the companies?


We do recoinassance tours of Silicon Valley to show the famous spots and also may bring students to visit open campuses. When we secure a good speaker or an entrepreneur willing to add value to students by sharing his or her experience and stories, we may go inside a company or startup. We try our best to not disrupt the work of tech companies in Silicon Valely by doing tours just for selfies and bragging rights. We are part of this ecosystem and our credibility is what allows us to keep bringing top notch speakers to talk to the students.




What is the workload on a typical day?


On weekdays, we generally start with breakfast at 8am and activities begin around 9:30am. We pause for launch and resume at 1:30pm. Our last activity of the day is no later than 8pm. On the weekends we help students to explore the attractions of the San Francisco Bay Area.




What am I going to learn during the Innovation Camp?


Throughout the Innovation Camp, you will:

  • Learn and put into practice a variety of new skills related to innovation and entrepreneurship;
  • Develop and strengthen your leadership skills;
  • Explore and prototype your own ideas in teams and individually.
Some of the activities and themes covered in our programs:
  • Silicon Valley culture and mindset;
  • Latest tech trends and how they will affect your life and business;
  • Experience in innovation processes for generating ideas and developing new concepts;
  • To identify the basic building blocks of a good pitch;
  • To recognize effective structures in a speech or presentation;
  • To spot opportunities for innovation;
  • To establish the foundations of product development;
  • To develop a DIY mentality through rapid prototyping and iteration;
  • How to embrace diversity of opinions using a common process for design;
  • Improved skills in brainstorming, storytelling and collaboration.




How many students will be admitted to each InnovaLab Bootcamps in Silicon Valley?


Up to 30 students unless otherwise explicited. Most groups are around 15.




Who is eligible for the program?


Any student who is enrolled in high school (9th+ grade) or who is a freshman by the beginning of the Innovation Camp is eligible to participate in our camps in Silicon Valley. We prioritize students with good reputation and academic curriculum. Students may be either domestic or international. We require fluency in English.




Do you help foreign students to secure a US visa?


No. You should use this page to set your appointment with the local US Embassy to procure a tourist visa for the student attending the workshop. In special cases, we may provide a letter of support for students who have been accepted in the program in Silicon Valley.




Do you offer scholarships of any kind?


Yes, we offer tuition scholarship for high achievers who do not have the financial means to come to our programs. If you are one of them and require a scholarship to participate, please contact us telling more about you.




Can undergraduate or graduate students apply to the programs?


We accept undergrads in some of our programs. We would love to get your contact info and the program you're interested in.





Policies

What is your nondiscrimination policy?


InnovaLab does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status. If you have a disability or require special assistance, please contact us before applying to make sure we can accomodate you. Other fees may apply.




What is your Code of Conduct?


Conduct affecting program safety InnovaLab will take all appropriate actions to protect the safety and security of our community. Every student has the right to fair and reasonable treatment. No one may be excluded on the basis of disability, race, ethnicity, national origin, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, economic status or other protected status. A student whose conduct threatens property or the health/safety of any person may be immediately excluded from the program. Examples of such conduct may include:

  • Possessing alcohol or other intoxicants, drugs, firearms or other weapons, explosives, dangerous devices or dangerous chemicals on our premises;
  • Theft;
  • Vandalism or misuse of InnovaLab's or another’s property;
  • Harassment or intimidation of others, including bullying or cyberbullying;
  • Endangering or inflicting physical harm on yourself or others;
  • Sexual assault or harassment in any shape or form;
  • Any other behavior deemed inappropriate by the school.
Conduct Affecting Student Learning Disciplinary action, including suspension/dismissal, may be initiated against any student based upon reasonable suspicion of involvement to commit any of the following:
  • Cheating, plagiarism, fabrication or other forms of dishonesty;
  • Falsifying or altering documents; misusing documents, funds or InnovaLab's property;
  • Failure to comply with school policies or directives;
  • Any action that interferes with the learning environment or the rights of others.
While students have the right to freedom of expression, including the right to dissent, protest or articulate exception to the material and assessments offered in any program, this expression cannot interfere with the rights of others, hinder instruction or disrupt the process of InnovaLab. Students have a responsibility to express ideas in a safe and respectful manner.





Interview

How should I prepare for the interview?


The interview is made to assess if you are a good fit for the program and the cohort you are applying to. We will evaluate your maturity for the activities we plan during the bootcamp, willingness to learn new things, ethics, respect for diversity, different opinions and points of view, and your capacity to integrate well within a group. You should not need to prepare for anything in specific. Just be yourself. English fluency is required.




What if I am not accepted?


Don't worry. If you are not accepted it doesn't mean there is anything wrong with you. Our team will judge not only individual characteristics but also your fit within a large and diverse cohort. The balance of the group is fundamental for a peaceful and successful bootcamp. For instance, we try to not put a lot of extroverts with just a few introverts as we have noticed introverts tend to be overshadowed by their more outgoing peers. We want everyone to enjoy our programs equally. You can reapply as many times as you want.





Partnerships

I represent a company and I am interested to partner with or sponsor InnovaLab's programs. How should we proceed?


Send us an email by clicking on this link with your idea and our team will get back to you in 48 hours. We generally are very receptive to: 1. Companies interested in providing scholarships for low income students who can not currently participate in our programs; 2. Companies or startups willing to share or test their products with our students; 3. Organizations or companies willing to provide space and installations for our activities during our bootcamp; 4. Companies that want to use our database to find a good fit for their interneships programs.




I represent a school and I am interested to bring a off-season group to InnovaLab innovation bootcamps.


We are interested to hear from you. Please send us an e-mail.





 
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