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California Program for Entrepreneurship
CAPE

The California Program for Entrepreneurship is an initiative of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.  CAPE provides education and mentoring to emerging entrepreneurs to help them develop and implement business plans that will contribute to the growth and well-being of the California economy.

California Program for Entrepreneurship
June-November, 2014
3-Phase/6-Month Program
 

  • Pre-Workshop Week Virtual Exercises & Coaching
  • 2 Pre-Workshop Week On-Site Weekend Sessions & Mentoring
  • Week-long On-Site Intensive Workshop
  • Post-Workshop Week Preparation of Professional Pitches
  • 2 Post-Workshop Week On-Site Weekend Sessions
  • $5,000 Business Plan Pitch Competition

The Entrepreneurs:

The CAPE's emerging entrepreneurs will be selected from candidates nominated by University affiliates, financial institutions including micro-lenders, and other organizations that support entrepreneurship.  Our focus is on entrepreneurs who will start and build businesses that contribute to the economic growth of California.  Candidates are selected based on their potential for success, development stage of their business idea, experience and potential contribution to our community and the California economy.  Candidates must complete an online application that includes multiple exercises designed to refine the candidate's business idea and reveal the potential for success. 

The Curriculum:

The CAPE curriculum is designed to remove the barriers facing emerging entrepreneurs.  Faculty use a combination of virtual exercises, classroom instruction, case studies, group work, and experiential learning to develop conceptual skills and build a mutually-supportive community.  Participants develop specific functional expertise in marketing, finance, and operations as well as skills in organizational dynamics, strategic management and communication. At the end of the coursework, participants prepare a business plan pitch for a competition to be reviewed by a panel judges including venture capitalists and angel investors  with $5,000 awarded to the best presentation.


Schedule Overview:

Phase I:  Pre-Workshop Week Preparation
                  June 27-September

  • Virtual Exercises
  • Faculty Mentoring
  • Two Intensive On-Site Weekend Workshops (one in July, one in August)


Phase II:  Intensive Workshop Week
                   September

  • 6-Day Intensive On-Site Workshop typically Tuesday through Sunday
  • Focused and personalized education on all aspects of a professional business plan
  • All sessions held at beautiful Santa Clara University Campus in the heart of Silicon Valley


Phase III:  Post-Workshop Week Mentoring
                     September -November

  • Preparation of Professional Pitches
  • Expert Business Advisors
  • $5,000 Business Plan Competition
  • Networking Events
  • Two Intensive On-Site Weekend Workshops (one in October and one in November)
For those who wish to stay near campus, we recommend Candlewood Suites, which is located directly across the street from Santa Clara University and adjacent to the CalTrain Station. 
 
 


"Inspiring entrepreneurs, creating jobs,
building a strong California"

 

 


Apply Now Box 210

 

 

2013 CAPE Cohort Graduation Celebration

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2012 CAPE Cohort Graduation Celebration

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2011 CAPE Cohort Graduation Celebration

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2010 CAPE Cohort Celebration

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2014 Application Deadlines:

Applications Accepted Beginning March 3

May 31-Final Application Deadline

Apply Now Box 3 Evening

Click here for the list of questions included in the online application.

We encourage applicants to please review the list of questions before they begin the online process, as it is designed to be completed in one session. 

 


KBAY's Sam VanZant Interviews Dean Drew Starbird about CAPE  for South Bay Sunday

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Click the photo above for audio of the April 6, 2014 Session

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Resources

Whether currently at a startup or exploring entrepreneurship, visit our Resources page for information on entrepreneurial blogs, tools, business plans, resource centers, organizations, networks and more.

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About CAPE

CAPE Brochure

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KBAY's Sam VanZant Interviews Dean Drew Starbird about CAPE  for South Bay Sunday

drew at cape

Click the photo above for audio of the April 6, 2014 Session

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