California Program for Entrepreneurship (CAPE)
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.
One of the most important components of the CAPE program is mentorship. Each emerging entrepreneur is matched with at least one strategically-chosen mentor. Mentors work closely with the emerging entrepreneurs throughout the program sharing their expertise, insights, assessments and recommendations.
Mentors will assist the emerging entrepreneurs in a variety of areas including, but not limited to:
- Defining value propositions and offerings
- Offering feedback on target markets, market sizing and competition
- Providing insight in to company formation and structuring
- Assessing business models and strategies
- Developing financial assumptions and models
- Identifying appropriate funding sources
- Sharing presentation feedback
Mentors expect to spend between 8 to 12 hours with emerging entrepreneurs over the six-month program. Some of these hours may involve meeting in person, but a significant amount of mentorship can take place remotely between the emerging entrepreneur and their mentor.