Accelerating the entrepreneurial journey


It is a perilous adventure when you are building a startup. So much is coming at you at the same time. The product, the markets, the team, the sales cycle, the legalese, managing the cash flow, finding the money—the list goes on and on.

“A ‘startup’ is a company that is confused about: what its product is; who its customers are; (and) how to make money. As soon as it figures out all 3 things, it ceases being a startup and becomes a real business. Except most times, that doesn’t happen.”

Dave McClure, Entrepreneur/Author

Being the Exception

The true entrepreneurial journey is all about proving that you are the exception. 

You are the one to go beyond the initial product or service idea, to get a handle on the art of selling. Startups live or die by customer acquisition. Sooner or later you need to rain money—usually sooner. How do you take your idea and passion to the next level? 

What you need to succeed in a new venture is the same as in life—skill, discipline, attitude, goals-setting, and priorities. Done right, the entrepreneurial journey becomes a challenging, exciting, and fun journey.

Stay Ahead of the Curve

Continual education is essential for entrepreneurs. You need to develop new skills and knowledge to succeed. Networking with other entrepreneurs is also important when it comes to learning and continual education. By hearing from others who have been there before, you better understand what works and what doesn’t in your industry.

Ground Zero for Entrepreneurship

And, what better place to do this than in Silicon Valley—ground zero for entrepreneurship—where knowledge is shared freely and innovation is in the air that you breathe? This is a place where you can acquire the skills and the relationships to smooth out any road bumps in your journey, 

This is what we had in mind when we created Destination Silicon Valley, a 10-day accelerator in a bootcamp format that we developed in partnership with TiE. You will learn from serial entrepreneurs and make a lifetime of valuable connections. Come join us.

— Dean P.K. Agarwal
Dean, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

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