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California Program for Entrepreneurship (CAPE)

NBC Bay Area features CAPE

CAPE alumna Mariana Faerron-Gutierrez '12, founder of Tico Coffee Roasters, and Professor Drew Starbird were featured on NBC Bay Area's weekly show, Comunidad Del Valle, on August 28, 2016.

The California Program for Entrepreneurship, an initiative of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, 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.

Application Deadline is September 15, 2016

California Program for Entrepreneurship
September 2016 - February 2017
7-Weekend, 6-Month Program


  • Now held over 7 weekends to accommodate busy schedules
  • Bronson Scholar designations
  • Virtual exercises, readings & case studies
  • Mentor placement and meetings
  • Focused and personalized education on all aspects of a professional business plan
  • Preparation of professional pitches
  • Expert business advisors and panelists
  • Networking opportunities
  • $5,000 pitch competition
  • All on-site classes held at the historical Santa Clara University campus here in the heart of Silicon Valley

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.

2016 Schedule Overview

7 Intensive On-Site Weekends and Online Work over a Six-Month Period

Please visit our Schedule page for the full timeline and schedule.

  • October 15 & 16
  • November 12 & 13
  • December 3 & 4
  • January 7 & 8
  • January 21 & 22
  • February 11 & 12
  • February 25 & 26
Online work begins in September.
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"


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