What is the goal of the program?
Come with an idea – we’ll do the rest! Silicon Valley Start-UP aims to teach you innovative entrepreneurship methods, and connect you to experienced mentors and company leaders. Through a combination of seminars, hands-on workshops, and company visits, this program will be a guided adventure through Silicon Valley startup life. As the program progresses, you’ll refine and ideate your startup idea as a case study so you can see your new knowledge in action immediately.
What can I expect from the program?
By the end of the program, you will
- Refine, validate, and actualize a startup idea
- Experience an accelerated crash-course in startup life
- Immerse yourself in the culture of Silicon Valley
- Network with and learn from Silicon Valley experts
- Challenge yourself and grow your business knowledge
- Pitch to Silicon Valley investors and/or VCs
- Meet like-minded students and build lasting connections
You’ll also finish the program as a certified SVSUP Alumni—a potential highlight for resumes, college applications, and personal profiles.
How is Silicon Valley Start-UP different from other student entrepreneurship programs?
With 36 years (and counting!) of experiences in supporting and providing knowledge and resources to startups, Silicon Valley Forum has an unmatched network of connections, as well as years of experience in creating high-quality startup programs. Our programs aren’t just tours and photo ops – they’re unique opportunities to make amazing connections, receive practical and actionable advice, and connect with the Silicon Valley ecosystem like a local entrepreneur. The entire history of our organization was built right here on the Valley floor – we’ve been a hub for thought leaders, innovators, and tech luminaries since the beginning.
Will I get academic credit for going through the program?
The program will not provide any academic credit, but we will issue a certificate of completion at the end of the program.
What is the format of the learning experience?
Each day we’ll focus on a specific area of startup development, such as (but not limited to)
- Building a Business Plan
- Idea & Product Validation
- Product & Technology
- Marketing & Growth
- Sales & Partnerships
- Personal Branding & Leadership
The program is a blend of seminars and lectures, TED-style talks, and hands-on workshop sessions (so you can immediately implement what you’ve learned into your own project). The schedule also includes visits to Silicon Valley tech companies and/or startup hubs, where you’ll hear advice on innovation, strategy, business development, and founder success stories.
Who will be teaching or speaking during the program?
Silicon Valley Forum has an extensive network of founders, investors and senior executives, and we’re proud to share their expertise with UP program participants. Find the list of 2019 speaker and mentors here (2020 to be announced – stay tuned!).