A 10 week experiential program that connects UC Berkeley engineering, computer science, business, design, and law students to help them try a real founder experience
APPLY WITH A TEAM OR
TO FIND YOUR CO-FOUNDERS
BUILD YOUR MVP
AND BUSINESS MODEL
PITCH TO INVESTORS
Apply with one idea to crank on or a handful to explore: StEP is meant for dreamers and executors alike. For people with a concrete plan, we provide network and resources to take you to the next level. For people new to entrepreneurship, StEP will help you see what happens behind the scenes and decide if this path’s for you
Who is StEP for
INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS OR TEAMS
FROM EVERY BACKGROUNd,
WITH OR WITHOUT AN IDEA,
WHO LOOK FOR a team
TO BUILD AN MVP AND CREATE A BUSINESS MODEL,
GET READY TO APPLY TO ACCELERATORS
and TO PITCH TO INVESTORS
the Spring ‘19 Batch has just started
FEB 1: APPLICATION DEADLINE
FEB 8: PROGRAM STARTS
MAY 2: SHOWCASE DAY
A preview of our 10-week curriculum
0. Find your team
1. SOLVe A PROBLEM
2. Customer interviews
3. DESIGN PROTOTYPE
4. BUILD PROTOTYPE
5. TEST PROTOTYPES
7. unit ECONOMICS
8. GO TO MARKET
10. pitch investors
Teams meet all together once a week, Friday 9-11.30am
The StEP advantage
Find team members to pursue your idea
Learn the process of determining product-market fit
Become a founding member of an early stage company
Get paired with an Industry Mentor for real-time feedback
Access an incredible network of Angel Investors, VC’s, and Berkeley Faculty
Preferred entry into local accelerator programs
Access startup resources such as cloud credits, discounts
…..without giving up any equity
StEP Subject Matter Experts
Partner - FOUNDATION CAPITAL
Partner - THE HOUSE
Managing Director - SKYDECK
Founder - STARTUP (1B+ MARKET CAP)
Founder & CEO - EARLY STAGE STARTUP
Entrepreneurship Professor - UC BERKELEY
Strategy Professor - UC BERKELEY
Tech. Product Manager - GOOGLE
Product Manager - FACEBOOK
Data Scientist - NETFLIX
AI Researcher - CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Deep Learning PhD - UC BERKELEY
Chief of Security - VISA
Head of Growth - NEST
Final list of mentors will be confirmed once needs are determined post application window
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Frequently asked questions
What’s the cost to my team if my application is accepted?
StEP is entirely free. And you don’t give up any equity in your company upon completion.
I don’t have an idea for a business. Can I still apply?
Yes, StEP helps to pair team-members with ideators.
What type of commitment is required?
We expect participants to take the program seriously, especially because you will be working on your project. Lecture attendance is mandatory.
What type of skills do I need?
StEP’s only requirement is a desire to learn. All are welcome.