About Us

Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge (SVIC) is one of two programs offered through the Silicon Valley Centers for Entrepreneurship. Our mission is to cultivate entrepreneurs at San Jose State University and provide the necessary tools and guidance to enable students to take their innovative business ideas to the next level. All ideas remain the intellectual property of the participant.

From humble beginnings, the Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge began in 2004 as the Neat Ideas Fair and has grown into one of the largest events during the fall semester with student participation from all eight colleges on campus.

Winners of the competition receive cash awards to further advance their innovations, but all participants receive mentorship and networking opportunities from SJSU faculty, industry professionals, and proven entrepreneurs who are eager to support students throughout the entire design process.

Tamara Chang (BFA Animation/Illustration) explains her HoloPrism innovation to Professor Robert Wood (School of Management). HoloPrism is a holographic console for education, productivity, and entertainment.


Lucas College and Graduate School of Business

SVIC Faculty Advisor
Sarika Pruthi, Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship
School of Global Innovation and Leadership
Lucas College and Graduate School of Business

Advisory Committee

Anu Basu, Director, Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship
Professor, Entrepreneurship
Lucas College and Graduate School of Business