Build a company in just two weeks—the Silicon Valley way! In this intensive startup program, you’ll build a startup 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 – this program is designed to give you a crash-course in Silicon Valley entrepreneurial life, with connections, access, and opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. 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 (USD $4850).
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, so don’t wait to send yours in!
Early Applications due by: December 16th, 2018 Regular Applications due by: January 31st, 2019 Late Applications due by: March 20th, 2019
Debra BrackeenChief Strategy & Innovation Officer, CSAA Insurance Group
Debra has more than 25 years of leadership at innovative high-tech companies, including Apple, Sun, and eBay. Her experience in business development and strategy is enhanced by connections to the VC and startup communities in Silicon Valley.
Jitendra KavathekarCEO & Managing Partner, Digital Sapience
Jitendra is a globally credentialed senior executive of companies from Fortune 500 to trail blazing startups as entrepreneur and business operator. He is an active investor and advisor to VC/PE fund.
Purnima KochikarDirector, Google Play, Apps and Games
Purnima has over 20 years of experience leading application development, marketing and technical-engineering management for startups and leading mobile companies.
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.
Deborah MagidDir. Software Strategy, IBM Venture Capital Group
Deborah Magid represents IBM’s $25 B software business in the company’s Venture Capital Group. Her expertise spans several industries, and she brings insight from the venture community to the development of IBM’s growth strategies.
Denyse CardozoCEO, 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.
Chris YehGeneral Partner, Wasabi Ventures Global
Chris has been building Internet businesses since 1995. He is a General Partner at Wasabi Ventures, a global venture fund, startup incubator, and consulting firm. Chris is an active angel investor and startup advisor.
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
Mike 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.
Tom KosnikPartner, FoundersX Ventures
Partner at FoundersX Ventures, a VC firm focused on ventures using AI to disrupt different industries. Tom's target vertical markets are Creative Industries (publishing, media, movies, music, fashion etc.) and Fintech.
He is a Co-author (2014) of Gear Up: Test Your Business Model Potential and Plan your Path to Success.
He Co-Founded GELI which helps Gen Z entrepreneurs,
He has been an Adjunct Professor at Stanford Department of MS&E from 1990-2018,
He was an Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School from 1985-89, and launched HBS’s Entrepreneurial Marketing course in 1995-97.
View the curriculum of the program (exact class schedule TBA)
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