Important! Please fill in the emergency contact form
Electronic System for Travel Authorization. For your ESTA registration you can use the address for our Innovation House at 470 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, 94301, USA
Renting a car can be a good investment to get the most out of the stay in Silicon Valley. However, we do recommend renting a car on demand, as most of the Bay Area can be easily reached by public transport and services like Uber and Lyft (use promo code ALEXANDER131014 and receive $20). CarRentals.com often offer good quotes.
The cheapest means of transportation from the airport to Silicon Valley is BART (schedule) and Caltrain (schedule). Uber and Lyft are very popular and cost efficient alternatives to taxies - with Lyft you can often travel within central San Francisco for $5 by using their Lyft Line feature. Use Google Maps to find the best public transportation options getting from A to B.
For norwegian companies: Åse Bailey:
+1 (650) 430-1314
For swedish companies: Anne Lidgard
+1 (650) 842 0230
Nordic Innovation House
470 Ramona St
Palo Alto, CA 94301
The TINC program is hosted at Nordic Innovation House in Palo Alto, with some sessions at Stanford (15 minute walk from NIH). It is therefore highly recommended to find accommodation in Palo alto or close by. Menlo park and Mountain view are okay options, if you have a hard time finding a place to stay in Palo Alto.
Oakwood offers furnished apartments for short and long term, and has been a popular choice among previous TINCers. Contact Erik Starr and tell that you are part of Innovation Norway´s TINC Program. Check out Airbnb and Craigslist for more budget friendly offers.
Important: We do not recommend that you book accommodation in East Palo Alto, as it is not considered safe.
We recommend getting business cards after you receive your US cell phone number. You need to send (e.g. Copy Factory) a pdf file that can be printed as a complete business card. Copy Factory is located on 3929 El Camino Real Palo Alto, CA 94306. Contact information can be found here.
You can buy one month prepaid contract, with minutes and data included, from T-mobile, AT&T, Verizon or the cheaper option from GoSmartMobile. They are all available a short walk from Nordic Innovation House. We recommend AT&T or T-Mobile for Smartphones bought in Europe. Both ordering business cards and setting up your cell phone can be done quickly the first day when you get here. Remember to get a US phone number before ordering business cards.
Restaurants/cafes in Palo Alto
NOLA - 535 Ramona Street, Palo Alto
Tacolicious - 632 Emerson Street, Palo Alto
Coconuts - 642 Ramona Street, Palo Alto
Local Union 271 - 271 University Avenue, Palo Alto
Café Sprout - 168 University Avenue, Palo Alto
Coupa Café - 538 Ramona Street, Palo Alto
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