We created the Salesforce Incubator to help innovative startups build products that help businesses connect with their customers in new ways. Our Incubator is a five-month program that includes space in a beautiful and collaborative office, access to Salesforce’s Intelligent Customer Success Platform, a network of mentors and advisors, and exposure to industry events and experts. The first group of startups, which focused on building SaaS solutions, graduated earlier this year, and the current group is leveraging the power of artificial intelligence, including Salesforce Einstein, to build smarter products.

Today, I’m excited to announce that we’re now accepting applications for the next group of startups to join the Incubator. This group will be focused on companies building innovative solutions on Salesforce’s platform in the retail, financial services, and healthcare industries, and their apps will be distributed via the Salesforce AppExchange. The AppExchange is the world’s largest and longest-running enterprise app marketplace, home to more than 3,000 solutions for sales, service, marketing and more. Even more impressive: Nearly 90% of Fortune 100 companies have already installed apps from the AppExchange.

There has never been a better time to build on the Salesforce Platform. According to IDC, Salesforce and its ecosystem will enable the creation of 1.9 million new jobs and $389 billion in new revenue by 2020. We also just announced our new AppExchange Partner Program, which provides ISVs and startups with a new business model, a better onboarding experience and access to new technology tools.

If your industry-focused startup is looking to grow and build new solutions on a powerful, flexible and intelligent platform; learn from industry experts; and gain access to beautiful office space in San Francisco; we encourage you to apply. Join us in our mission to nurture the next generation of Salesforce ecosystem companies.

The application process closes on July 15, 2017, and we’ll announce the selected companies in August 2017. The program will commence Oct. 30, 2017, right before Dreamforce, and run through the end of March 2018. Click here to apply, and click here for more info about the Salesforce Incubator. Questions? Reach out to us at startups@salesforce.com.