Silicon Valley Start-UP

Student Entrepreneurship Program



Last chance to apply – we will be accepting applications until March 20th, 2019.

About Silicon Valley Start-UP

Learn how to build a company in just two weeks—the Silicon Valley way! In this intensive startup program, you’ll learn entrepreneurship from scratch with help from Silicon Valley experts, including investors, VCs, entrepreneurs, company leaders, and more. The program culminates with a pitch night, where you’ll show off your product to a panel of expert judges in front of a live audience.

During this program, you will:

  • Meet and work with like-minded entrepreneurs
  • Build a complete, ready-to-pitch company in just two weeks
  • Learn from mentors and executives from world-renowned companies
  • Visit top startup hubs, speak with founders, and gain knowledge and practical insights
  • Form lasting global connections through our multi-cultural, team-based work environment

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How it Works

After a sixty-second pitch session with program participants, the Top Ten startup ideas will be selected by a group vote. You’ll organize into teams, match up with your favorite company, and get started building something amazing!

You don’t have to have a startup idea to apply for UP, but we strongly encourage it (you never know – today’s short pitch could become the next big thing!). This program is open to university students and beginning entrepreneurs from any country. If your application is selected, you are responsible for the program fee ($4850 USD).

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Speakers and Mentors

More to be announced.

Learn more about our speakers
Chris Yeh

Chris Yeh Co-founder of the Global Scaling Academy; Author, Investor, Speaker, Mentor

Chris is the co-author, along with Reid Hoffman, of Blitzscaling, the book that explains how to build world-changing companies like Amazon, Alibaba, and Airbnb in record time. As a writer, investor, and entrepreneur, Chris has had a ringside seat in the world of startups and scaleups since 1995.

Steve Goldberg

Steve Goldberg Operating Partner, Venrock

Operating Partner, Venrock

Leo Bley

Leo Bley Director, PwC

Leo develops PwC businesses, investments and opportunities with the venture ecosystem. He also advises investors, entrepreneurs and enterprises on innovation and disruptive opportunities.

Denyse Cardozo

Denyse Cardozo Executive Director, Silicon Valley Forum

Denyse drives the goals and strategy for Silicon Valley Forum, with continued growth into international markets and innovation. She has coached hundreds of startups through the SVF pitch nights and programs.

Tomasz Kolodziejak

Tomasz Kolodziejak Technology Strategy, Samsung

Tomasz has years of experience in business development, sales and partnerships at an early stage and mid-size startup, as well as B2B sales and partnerships experience with big hotel brands, major airlines, big public/private universities.

Kevin Surace

Kevin Surace CEO,

Kevin Surace is a technology innovator, speaker and entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Appvance, and was Inc. Magazine’s 2009 entrepreneur of the Year. Kevin has been recognized multiple times as an innovator and a technology pioneer.

Michael Torosian

Michael Torosian Partner, Pillsbury Law

Michael guides emerging companies at all stages. He represents private companies, publicly traded companies, VC firms and investment banks in the high tech, renewable energy & life sciences industries.

Jonathan Baer

Jonathan Baer Managing Partner, Stonehearth Ventures

Michelle Messina

Michelle Messina CEO & Founder, Explora International

Rachel Gabato

Rachel Gabato COO,

Pushpa Ithal

Pushpa Ithal Founder & CEO, MarketBeam

Brigette Iarrusso

Brigette Iarrusso Leadership Instructor, UC Berkeley

Scott Aramanini

Scott Aramanini Venture Partner, Startup Advisor (ex-Accenture Ventures; Microsoft; Co-Founder, Avanade; Angel @Bloomlife)

John Stanton

John Stanton General Partner, SVG Ventures

Jody Vandegriff

Jody Vandegriff Entrepreneur, Startup Advisor, Founder of WebDAM

BeiBei Song

BeiBei Song Innovation Coach & Course Facilitator, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Peter Mullen

Peter Mullen Strategic Partnerships, SaaStr & Mentor, Alchemist Accelerator

Gail Christine Gannon

Gail Christine Gannon Managing Director, WaveEdge Capital

Keith Kline

Keith Kline President, The Kline Law Firm

Naeem Zafar

Naeem Zafar CoFounder and CEO, TeleSense

Brett Yokom

Brett Yokom International Business Instructor, UC Berkeley Extension


View the curriculum of the program (exact class schedule TBA)



  • Workshop: Silicon Valley’s Startup Ecosystem
  • Workshop: Building a Business Plan
  • Workshop: Market Research and Product Validation
  • Workshop: Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Seminar: Business Communications and Cultural Communications
  • Seminar: Finance 101 and Startup Fundraising
  • Mentorship sessions: Business Development, Marketing, and Growth
  • Networking Session with Startup Founders
  • Two tech company visits: digital transformation and innovation strategy with company leaders



  • Seminar: Digital Marketing Trends
  • Seminar: Design Thinking
  • Workshop: How to Pitch to Silicon Valley Investors
  • Workshop: Business Development and Sales
  • Speaker Session on Emerging Technology
  • Startup Pitch Practice: How to pitch and talk to a VC
  • Mentorship Session for Startups: Networking and Building Bridges
  • Two tech company visits: digital transformation and innovation strategy with company leaders
  • Preparation for final pitch presentation—how to pitch onstage to Silicon Valley investors



It all happens on June 3-14 in the heart of Silicon Valley.


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