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CAPE 2014 Now Accepting Applications!



On behalf of the Leavey School of Business and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University, we are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Cohort of the California Program for Entrepreneurship (CAPE).

CAPE is a 6-month program for early-stage entrepreneurs in California who seek a dynamic and rigorous schedule in which to learn the fundamentals of starting and building a business. By providing business education and mentoring, it is the CAPE mission to help entrepreneurs develop and implement business plans to launch startups that will contribute to the growth and well-being of the California economy.

Candidates will be selected based on application quality, experience, the stage of development and likelihood for success of the business idea, and the potential contribution to the California economy. All candidates must complete an online application-this process includes multiple exercises designed to refine the candidate's business idea and assess the potential for a successful launch.

California Program for Entrepreneurship
June-November, 2014
3-Phase/6-Month Program

Phase I: Pre-Workshop Week Preparation
Virtual Exercises and Assignments
Two Intensive On-Campus Weekend Workshops
(July 11-13 & August 9-10)
Mentor Meetings
Bronson Scholar Designations Announced

Phase II:  One-Week Intensive Workshop
One-Week Intensive On-Campus Workshop (September 2-7)
Virtual Exercises and Assignments to Prepare for the Workshop
Focused and Personalized Education on All Aspects of a Professional Business Plan
All Classes and Speaker Events Held at Historic Santa Clara University Campus in the Heart of Silicon Valley

Phase III:  Post-Workshop Week Mentoring & Pitch Preparation
Two Intensive On-Campus Weekend Workshops
(October 4-5 & November 22-23)
Expert Business Advisors and Mentors
Networking Events
Preparation of Professional Pitches
Business Plan Competition ($5,000 Grand Prize)

Program funding has been secured to cover the costs of classes, workshops, seminars, books/class materials and case study licenses.  Travel to/from Santa Clara University for all on-site sessions (consisting of a total of 4 weekend sessions and the one-week workshop) is at the expense of each participant. 

Applications accepted now through May 31, with the program set to begin with virtual exercises in June. For more information or to apply, please visit CAPE on the CIE website.

To prepare for your application entry, please click here for a pdf of the list of questions included in the online application.


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