Export Abroad joins Hackers/ Founders co-op in Silicon Valley


exportabroadtoplogoMinneapolis-based startup Export Abroad has been accepted into the Bay Area Hackers/Founders ‘uncubator’, according to co founder Austin Grandt.

Export Abroad was launched earlier this year and makes big data tools that deliver insights for exporters without necessitating the extensive research or expensive consulting that is typically associated with such decisions.

Together with co founder Willy Hakizimana, the two are leaving Monday and staying in San Francisco through ‘demo week’ in October.

Formed as a meetup group in 2008 and officially founded in 2011 as a “startup dedicated to assisting other startups,” H/F doesn’t supply direct capital — rather office space, mentorship, networking and other ancillary resources.  The organization has a unique co-op model where 5% of a startups equity is split between the operators and peer startups from the class, spreading risk while creating a vested interest for all to succeed.

Grandt says his venture aims to raise a small amount of seed capital to cover cost of living expenses, with the goal of cash flowing by the time they are through.

“It’s a very exciting time for us. Our market is very big and it makes sense to branch out and bring what we learn back home.”


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  • http://petekane.ee/ Pete Kane

    Congratulations guys! I look forward to seeing you out here on Monday :)

  • http://vektordigital.com/ Kurt McIntire

    Congrats, Austin! You’ve worked hard to get here. Best of luck to you and your co-founder!

  • Don Keysser

    Congratulations, Austin, this opens up some interesting doors for you. Best wishes, and keep in touch