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 eight weeks.

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

  • Yes!  We encourage engineers with full time jobs to apply. Persuant 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 an equity stake 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 eight weeks.

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 an equity stake of any company created during the program.