• California Program for Entrepreneurship Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 08:00AM to Friday, November 15, 2013 - 05:00PM
    Santa Clara University, Lucas Hall Suite 109
    500 El Camino Real
    Santa Clara, CA 95053
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California Program for Entrepreneurship



  • The California Program for Entrepreneurship is an initiative of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.  The 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, 2013

    3-Phase/6-Month Program


    • Pre-Workshop Virtual Exercises & Coaching
    • 2 Pre-Workshop On-Site Weekend Sessions & Mentoring
    • Week-long On-Site Intensive Workshop
    • Post-Workshop Preparation of Professional Pitches
    • 2 Post-Workshop On-Site Weekend Sessions
    • $5,000 Business Plan 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 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 15-September

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

    Phase II:  Intensive Workshop Week


    • 6-Day Intensive On-Site Workshop typically Thursday Evening through Wednesday afternoon
    • 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.  


    "Helping California One Entrepreneur at a Time"


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