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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.


"Inspiring entrepreneurs, creating jobs,
building a strong California"


2015 Application Deadlines:

Now Accepting Applications!

May 31-Final Application Deadline

Apply Now Box 3 Evening

Click here for the list of questions included in the online application.

We encourage applicants to please review the list of questions before they begin the online process, as it is designed to be completed in one session. 


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Download a PDF of the 2015 CAPE Overview Flyer

2015 CAPE Flyer

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