Accelerate Your Early Stage Startup at Summer Venture Lab
The Summer Venture Lab Program provides graduate-level students the opportunity to take their new venture project or research one step closer to market. Utilizing the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship, the curriculum provides best practices along with an emphasis on leadership, mindset, and networking in one of the most robust entrepreneurial ecosystems in the world.
Students will honestly address real and difficult startup challenges to seek the truth about the future for each idea, team, and market opportunity. Teams will work in a hands-on collaborative environment actively engaging their own startup’s challenges while also helping their classmates, learning from the instructor, each other, and outside speakers & mentors.
Summer Venture Lab is designed to accelerate your early-stage venture. It begins with an honest, fact-based assessment of what stage your startup is in, then we work with students to prioritize decision-making and establish aggressive but realistic milestones to measure success. Recognizing that each project and team is unique, we emphasize a deep understanding of the customer and market, product-market fit, paths to market and the importance of storytelling in the Silicon Valley context.
Business Idea Validation
Students will run experiments and honestly address real and difficult startup challenges to seek the truth about the future for each idea, team, and market opportunity.
Proven Teaching Method
Utilizing the award-winning Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship the program includes best practices with an emphasis on leadership, mindset, and networking in one of the world’s most robust entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Grow Your Network
Build your network with like-minded entrepreneurs in a hands-on collaborative environment actively engaging your own startup’s challenges while learning from other teams, the instructors, and outside speakers & mentors.
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It All Starts Here
Now accepting applications for Summer 2023!
Application deadline: March 31, 2023.
Who Should Apply
Have an early-stage tech-based project
Must have a team of two or more
What Topics Are Covered
Succeeding in Silicon Valley
Product-Market Fit & Value
Intellectual Property & Operative Insights
Go/No-go and Next Steps
How Much Does it Cost
$8k per student plus applicable fees
Discounts for Global Partners & UC teams
Housing available at additional Earn 4 units and a certificate
"The program helped my startup tremendously. When I first came into the program, I was a little confused about the direction I wanted to take my company. The program really helped me get my footing and understand what to do next in terms of customer discovery, the business model and other important aspects of running a business."
– Daniel Tsentsiper, CEO, Veriply