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
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).
Chris YehCo-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 GoldbergOperating Partner, Venrock
Operating Partner, Venrock
Leo BleyDirector, 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 CardozoExecutive 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 KolodziejakTechnology 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 SuraceCEO, Appvance.ai
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 TorosianPartner, 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 BaerManaging Partner, Stonehearth Ventures
Michelle MessinaCEO & Founder, Explora International
Xi-Er DangSilicon Valley Start-UP and StudyPortals
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