What is the ACT House?
A 12-month national fellowship program where students live in one house for one year to create a startup. During the program, we will guide you in unlocking your entrepreneurial mindset and provide you real-life experience of creating new products and technologies alongside likeminded fellows.
What does ACT stand for?
For us ACT stands for many things. We are team of acronyms 😉 However, ACT reflects our proprietary team model that combines a business and systems mindset (the Architect), the marketer, brander and designer (the Creative), and the maker, doer, and programmer (the Techie) to put it all together. Watch our Founder’s TEDx talk from 2014 that further explains this team model (side note: his hesitation in the first couple of minutes is planned :)).
What are the characteristics of an architect?
An architect is characterized as an individual that is business-minded and embraces skills in user experience, user research and market strategy. Architects are idea generators and have an uncanny ability to be visionary while also pragmatic and in tune with people.
What are the characteristics of a creative?
A creative is characterized as the design centered person who focuses on marketing, brand identity building, user interface design and often connects the overall story to the user.
What are the characteristics of a techie?
The techie builds the actual product. These are individuals that are makers, doers, and love to build with their hands. They can be individuals who are back, front-end, or full-stack developers to makers who love to build products, that are tech-enabled and non-tech enabled.
How long is the program?
Our program starts in July and ends in June the following year.
How long will I be in the House?
Our fellowship is about a year long with move-in being in mid-August and move-out in early July.
Is there a curriculum that is followed while creating the startup?
Hell yeah! You think we just let you walk out here on your own? Not at all. Our curriculum is intensive. Pairing each startup team with mentors and an Entrepreneur-In-Residence that you meet with weekly to facilitate your development. Don’t worry – ONLY fellows stay in the house.
What will I gain from the program?
Along with building a startup, you will develop leadership skills, experience in product and business development and expand your social and business networks.
What kind of startup will I be building?
ACT House partners with corporations to provide fellows with real-world problems and/or unutilized intellectual property.
How many other people will I be living with?
The house includes a total of 6 students.
Is the living situation co-ed?
Absolutely, for the past two years we have had diverse teams of men and women building a startup together. You will be sharing a spacious room with another fellow. We encourage the shared space to inspire collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and ideas.
How much does the program cost?
There is no cost to the program. Students living in the ACT House are only required to pay rent.
Where is this ACT House?
The ACT House at FAMU is located in a safe walking distance from campus in Tallahassee, Florida.
What does the interview process entail?
Please know one thing. We make sure that everyone living in the house is serious about collaborating together and respecting each other which is why we have a process similar to how Chick-Fil-A inspects their chicken! LOL!
So here is a little insight to how we vet our fellows.
- Our First Step is the Screening Process: After you submit an application, our team will review it. It’s pretty simple.
- Our Second Step is Evaluation: We have a committee that sits and deliberates on each application and reviews all of your application materials. You will be asked to complete an online assessment to evaluate your fit with the potential team. Afterwards, you will be invited to a first round interview.
- Our Third Step is Interviewing: This interview process is beautiful, engaging, and tough. It’s not easy getting in but everyone has a fair shot. Bring your A game and focus on leaving an impact not an impression.
- Our Fourth Step is 2nd Round Interviews: If selected after first round, we will request you submit any previous work you have done to date and invite you to a second round of interviews.