Programs

The Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship offers the following programs and opportunities to help students develop their entrepreneurial skills.

The Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge 

The Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge is an annual forum to promote creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship at SJSU by generating and highlighting Most Innovative Ideas.

  • Competition open to anyone affiliated with SJSU (students, alumni, faculty, and staff)
  • A chance for students from different disciplines to interact and build entrepreneurial teams
  • An opportunity for participants to get feedback from many sources on their ideas
  • A venue for participants to explain and market their ideas to industry professionals

Competition areas: Most Innovative Idea, Best Elevator Pitch, Best Executive Summary & People's choice.

For more information, visit The Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge Website

Silicon Valley Business Plan Competition  
Your Portal to the Entrepreneurial Network

The SVBPC is meant to be a link between the academic world and the "real" world. Entrepreneurship and innovation are synonymous with Silicon Valley. New products and services that provide new technology, enhance productivity, and create jobs are the hallmark of Silicon Valley. By spurring on entrepreneurship, the SVBPC strengthens the connection between SJSU and the broader metropolitan community and works to increase the economic vitality of the San Jose metropolitan area to the benefit all groups in this diverse region.

For more information, visit The Silicon Valley Business Plan Competition website 
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Entrepreneurship Concentration and Courses   

Silicon Valley is admired around the world as a dynamic entrepreneurial region that creates new firms, products and industries. San Jose offers unique educational opportunities for would-be entrepreneurs: we have more entrepreneurs, more venture capitalists, and more legal, accounting, and other specialists supporting entrepreneurship within a 30-mile radius of campus than any university located elsewhere in the world.

A concentration in Entrepreneurship prepares students to create and manage their own new ventures. This might include launching a new business, buying a franchise, leading a new project or department within a company or managing an existing family business. The interdisciplinary curriculum augments the BSBA curriculum by focusing on the challenges of developing and managing new and small businesses.

The concentration includes three required and three elective courses. The three required courses are listed below. Additional information on the concentration can be found on the Jack Holland Student Success Center webpage.

Required Courses:
Course Title
BUS 181 Intro to Entrepreneurship
BUS 173C Entrepreneurial Finance
BUS 131D Marketing in New Ventures


BUS 186H Entrepreneurship Lab courses

  • The course gives you hands-on experience with a start up.
  • Please read the Elab Course Overview for more information. 

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Entrepreneurial Society

We're a student run organization that assists students:

  • - Write business plans
  • - Get real business experience and
  • - If they wish start their own business.

Our goal is to empower student entrepreneurs. We achieve this goal by hosting a number of different events. For example:

  • -The Neat Ideas Fair that happens every fall semester
  • -The Business Plan competition that happens every spring semester
  • -And our Eminent Speaker Series which features speakers from all over the world.

For more information, visit the Entrepreneurial Society Website

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