Sidepact is a coworking program that connects ambitious engineers to build impactful companies.

Applications are open now and close June 17th.

First cohort starts August 12, 2018.




Join other talented engineers.


Shared Commitment

Become part of a team that works together for 12 weeks.


Low opportunity cost

Start a project you care about without leaving your day job.

The Program


Sidepact is looking for engineers interested in starting a company.

We find and select talented software engineers interested in starting companies. For twelve weeks, we organize weekly working sessions to help you form a team, iterate on an idea, and launch a company that solves a problem that you care about.

Sidepact doesn’t require you to quit your job, but it does require your time. Each cohort of engineers is interviewed and intelligently matched into teams based on their interests, skills, and background.

For the first several sessions, participants experiment with different teams and ideas. In the following weeks, teams work together to validate, prototype, and build the product they are looking to bring to market. At the end of the program, teams present to each other and investors.

The program does not charge any fees. Participants must be located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sidepact takes a 1% equity stake in companies formed during program upon incorporation.



The Schedule


Sidepact aims to take you from your desire for starting a company to a team that you trust and an idea you believe in. The program meets on Sundays from 1-5PM.

Week 1: Intro and Ideation

Week 2: Customer outreach planning

Week 3-5: Need-finding and discovery

Week 6: Midterm presentations

  • What are the problems you are looking at solving? Why do you think they are real problems?
  • What does your solution look like? Why does it solve the problem?

Week 7-11: Build, prototype, and validate your solution with prospective customers

Week 12: Final pitch and demos



Frequently Asked Questions


Before the program

Who joins Sidepact?

  • Engineers with or without full-time jobs are invited to join Sidepact. The time commitment is Sundays 1-5PM for twelve weeks starting on August 12th.

Can I join Sidepact if I already have a full-time job?

  • Yes!  We encourage engineers with full time jobs to apply. According to California code 2870, you may work outside of formal work hours on non-company hardware (laptops, phones) as long as the work does not conflict with the work at your company.

What’s the cost of joining?

  • Sidepact does not charge any fees (the program covers venues, materials, and other resources). Sidepact asks for 1% of companies created during the program.

Do I need my own idea to join Sidepact?

  • Not at all. We encourage people to come with an open mind and to be willing to engage with new ideas and people.

Can I bring my own idea to Sidepact?

  • Yes. We’ll match teams based on the problems you are interested in solving and encourage participants to share the problems they care about. We ask that all participants come with an open mind to other ideas and discover new problems that they find compelling. 


During the program

What is the expected commitment?

  • Sidepact meets from 1-5PM every Sunday for twelve weeks starting on August 12th.  (One exception: there will be no scheduled meeting on Labor Day weekend). We ask that all participants miss no more than two weekends.  

How does team formation work?

  • After reviewing applications, we will have structured group interview sessions and assign teams based on complementary preferences, values, and interests.

What if I don’t like my team?

  • We will be holding regular check-ins to ensure alignment with teams to address issues as they may arise. If necessary, we will facilitate introductions to other teams.

Will you invest in companies created through Sidepact?

  • Sidepact asks for 1% of any company created during the program.



We believe that talented, ambitious engineers can do amazing things. Having worked at companies of all sizes, we've lived and shared the experience of wanting to 'eventually do my own thing.'

By providing structure, connections, and shared commitment, we're hoping to catalyze a new generation of startups. We hope you'll join us.



Sharon Zhou (LinkedIn)

Kevin Sun (LinkedIn)


Join our next cohort

Starting Fall 2018

We’re looking for talented, ambitious engineers who can commit 10 hours / week of their weekends to starting a company.

The application closes on Sunday, June 17th.  Please contact us for a deadline extension if you may need one. The application is embedded below and is also available as a separate link here.