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Silicon Valley Start-UP

Student Entrepreneurship Program

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About Silicon Valley Start-UP

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

 

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How it Works

All you need is an idea! 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 – using your startup plan as a case study so you can put what you’ve learned to work immediately.

Silicon Valley Start-UP is open to university students and beginning entrepreneurs from any country.

2019 Speakers and Mentors

2020 roster announced soon!

Riana Lynn

Founder & CEO, Journey Foods

Sarah Kunst

Managing Director, Cleo Capital

Minda Harts

CEO and Author, The Memo LLC

Pat Wadors

Chief People Officer, Procore

Riana Lynn

Founder & CEO, Journey Foods

Sarah Kunst

Managing Director, Cleo Capital

Minda Harts

CEO and Author, The Memo LLC

Pat Wadors

Chief People Officer, Procore

Riana Lynn

Founder & CEO, Journey Foods

Sarah Kunst

Managing Director, Cleo Capital

Curriculum

Check out all the cool stuff we learned in 2019!

Curriculum:

WEEK ONE:

  • Decoding Silicon Valley: Silicon Valley’s Startup Ecosystem and the Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Coaching, Communications, and Personal Branding
  • Building a Business Plan
  • How to (NOT) Screw Up Your Startup!
  • Building – and Retaining – a Great Startup Team
  • Market Research and Product Validation
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Business Communications and Cultural Communications
  • AMA With a Company Founder
  • Visits to innovative tech companies
  • Idea to MVP
  • Marketing Strategies

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN—WEEK TWO:

  • Big Data: How it Works – and Why You Need It
  • Business Development and Partnerships
  • Selling Your Product/Service
  • One-on-one Mentorship Sessions
  • Building a Perfect Pitch Deck
  • The Silicon Valley Investor’s Mindset
  • How to Raise Capital in Silicon Valley
  • Design Thinking
  • IP Basics for Startups
  • Negotiating Effectively in Business
  • How to Pitch in Silicon Valley – with live pitch training!
  • Preparation for final pitch presentation—how to pitch onstage to Silicon Valley investors

2019 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

VENUE

We’re proud to host SVSUP at San Jose State University – the capital of Silicon Valley!

Companies We Work With​

Supporting Partners

Global Ambassadors

Program Ambassadors

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Updated versions will be added on a rolling basis

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    Sponsor a Student!

    Donate a student scholarship in your company name and help the next generation of entrepreneurs kick-start their startup knowledge! Your company will have visible representation on our website, at the event, and on all printed material. As Silicon Valley Forum is part of The SVO, a fully independent 501(c)(6) non-profit organization, a portion of your ticket and sponsorship donation is tax deductible. Contact Denyse Cardozo for details.

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