What is the goal of the program?
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 you work together with your team to create a profitable business—in just 2 weeks.
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
You’ll also finish the program as a certified UP Alumni—a potential highlight for resumes, college applications, and personal profiles.
How is Silicon Valley Start-UP different from other student entrepreneurship programs?
With over 35 years of experiences in supporting and providing knowledge and resources to startups, Silicon Valley Forum have built an expertise in executing high-quality educational startup programs with emphasis on making connections and in getting actionable advice. With our history being in the heart of Silicon Valley, we’ve been able to build a large network of startups, corporates, venture capitalists, accelerators, and universities.
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)
- Business Plan
- Idea & Product Validation
- Product & Technology
- Marketing & Growth
- Sales & Partnerships
- Personal Branding & Leadership
For each topic, we’ll hold a half-day seminar session in the morning, followed by a hands-on workshop session in the afternoon where you’ll implement what you’ve learned into your own project. A few of the days will also include visits to storied 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 speaker and mentors here (check back for updates!): https://siliconvalleyforum.com/silicon-valley-start-up-speakers-and-mentors/.
How are cofounder teams formed?
After a sixty-second pitch session with program participants, the Top Ten startup ideas will be selected by a group vote. Then we’ll organize all participants into teams based on your skills. We will try to match team members based on complementary skills as much as we can. Once you’ve got your group of 4 or 5, you’ll get started on building something amazing.
What is the cost of the program?
If selected, the cost of the program is $5000 USD, which is due within three days of admission in order to secure your spot on the program.
The $5k program fee covers:
- Tuition fees and program materials
- Breakfast, lunch, and snacks
- Group dinner event
- One weekend excursion
- Personalized mentorship fees
- Accommodations (please note: all accommodations will be double occupancy)
- Transportation (to site visits only -airport and extra/personal travel not included)