Silicon Valley Innovation Boot Camp

Silicon Valley Innovation Boot Camp is a program for international students seeking an intensive innovative design and entrepreneurship experience. Through a series of online workshops and lectures, students have the opportunity to participate in a six (6) day virtual program. In this program students will learn from industry speakers, network, learn about Silicon Valley culture, and gain global experience with students from different countries.

Goals of the Silicon Valley Boot Camp:

The goal of the program is to provide insight into

  • the characteristics of entrepreneurs, 
  • the approaches they use to create, identify, and evaluate opportunities for new ventures 
  • the skills that are needed to start and manage new ventures. 

At the end of the program, student teams will compete in order to participate in the Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge (SVIC) in Fall 2021.  

Lecture Team

Lectures on entrepreneurship
Learn from instructors with practical experience in product innovation, technology, engineering entrepreneurship, and multicultural education.

Team Projects

Think creatively and critically to develop innovative project designs. Collaborate with other international participants and SJSU student mentors to develop a creative product or solution to a current tech problem. Team projects will be judged by SJSU professors and industry experts in a final competition.



Program features

  • Attend virtual lectures and workshops by industry experts from Silicon Valley
  • Participate in virtual team activities 
  • Work on projects with assigned SJSU student team member or mentor 
  • Participate in Competitive culminating project 
  • Use the access to Canvas (LMS system used by SJSU) to work on projects and collaborate with other participants
  • Receive a Certificate of completion at the end of the program
  • Receive support  to participate in Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge (SVIC) upon full completion of program

Program information 

The lectures will be delivered synchronously online by SJSU faculty with Silicon Valley work experience so that students will be able to learn both the theory and practice of each topic. Each day’s class activities will provide hands-on learning and engagement with each concept.  The program will introduce the basic concepts student teams need to propose a business idea and develop it into an opportunity.  

Program Dates and Tentative Schedule 

Program Dates : July 12 - July 17

Suggested program topics: subject to change according to availability of speakers



July 12

1.5 hours Understanding Entrepreneurship (What is Entrepreneurship and Why is it Important? Who are Entrepreneurs and What Makes Them Successful?
2 hours Team project - establishing teams and finalizing project idea
July 13

1.5 hours Generating Business Ideas
2 hours Team project work with SJSU mentors
July 14

1.5 hours Doing a Feasibility Analysis
2 hours Team project work with SJSU mentors
July 15

1.5 hours Developing a Business Model
2 hours Team project work with SJSU mentors
July 16

1.5 hours Writing a Business Plan
2 hours Team project work with SJSU mentors
July 17

1.5 hours Team project work
2 hours Final team presentations and competition


Who Can Participate

Silicon Valley Innovation Boot Camp is designed for undergraduate students with a working knowledge of English who are interested in entrepreneurship. The program is geared towards participants who are motivated to learn, open to different ideas and seeking new experiences.

Program Cost

The program fee is $750.00 per participant. 

Price includes program materials, access to the LMS system and materials for four weeks after the final date of the program. 

Large cohorts from universities and programs that would like to participate in this event are welcome. 

Application Deadline:  June 30th 2021. 

For more information and how to participate, please email

"Even though there is an obstacle for communication, I enjoyed the project. I learned how to cooperate with people from different backgrounds. This will be helpful if I work in international companies." 

Lingchang Zhou, SSV 2019

Zhejiang University