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


 

1.
aPPLY AND FIND YOUR CO-FOUNDERS

2.
BUILD YOUR MVP

3.
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

Get ready for the Spring ‘19 Batch

Dec 4 - FEB 1: application WINDOW

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

6. PIVOTING

7. unit ECONOMICS

8. GO TO MARKET

9. FUNDRAISING

10. pitch investors

SHOWCASE DAY

 

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 Mentors

 

BUSINESS

  • 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

TECHNICAL

  • 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

StEP supporters

 

Applications are now open

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.