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Silicon Valley Start-UP, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 14 days
, CA,
In this intensive Silicon Valley Start-UP program at Silicon Valley Forum, you’ll build a startup from scratch with help from Silicon Valley experts, including investors, VCs, entrepreneurs, company leaders, and more.


Build a company in just two weeks—the Silicon Valley way!

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 Silicon Valley Start-UP program at Silicon Valley Forum, 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
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 $5k program fee.


  • Accommodations and transportation during the program
  • Tuition fees and program materials
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks
  • Group dinner event
  • One weekend excursion
  • Personalized mentorship fees 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 14 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Week One

  • 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

Week Two

  • 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

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

This program is intended for aspiring entrepreneurs from around the world—no matter if you’re currently a student or just graduated or which degree you’re working on. Whether you already have the seeds of a startup idea or you’d simply like the experience of being part of a company in the US, this program will be an exciting challenge that will help you grow as a modern entrepreneur.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4850 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4850 USD for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
  • National

    4850 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4850 USD for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
The living costs are INCLUDED in the program fee. 

Living costs for San Jose

  • 1740 - 3150 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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