Founded by entrepreneurs The Refiners is a San Francisco-based accelerator devoted to helping foreign startups thrive in the bountiful yet complicated environment of Silicon Valley. We are passionate about the needs of foreign startups, and believe they are different enough to warrant a program specifically for them. Over a three-month period, you will receive unparalleled access to funding, networking and mentorship opportunities in Silicon Valley. 

The Refiners’ aim is to equip you with the tools necessary to expand your startup’s vision and scale globally. We are committed to providing you with unparalleled support, guidance and expertise.


Innovation is everywhere, but you can’t afford not to be in Silicon Valley if you want to have a global impact in the digital space. Moving to the Valley, however, is a brutal process — competition is fierce, network is key, and time-to-market is of the essence.

Our mission is to provide foreign founders with an established network upon arrival — 200+ Silicon Valley mentors who have joined forces to select, advise, and invest in the world’s most promising startups. 

This unparalleled access — to key executives, entrepreneurs, investors, experts, business and technology leaders — makes The Refiners one of the most effective acceleration programs in the world.

Fleet #2 Pitch Night, June 1, 2017


Pitch Night - June 2017

After 12-weeks on refining their companies with us, it was time to showcase what they bring to the table in the U.S. market. We're proud to tell you that all 13 startups crushed it on stage Thursday night. Fleet #2 is certainly ready to spread their fledgling wings and take flight.

See the photos of Fleet #2's Pitch Night here!


Departing Soon: September 2017

We are looking for foreign founders in the technology space who want to make a global impact. Amazing entrepreneurs who are ready to step out of their comfort zone and see things from a Silicon Valley perspective.

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Fleet #2 completed, survived, and conquered our 12-week accelerator program. Time to showcase what they've learned at Pitch Night.