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Bronco Venture Accelerator

Formed by Santa Clara University and its Ciocca Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the new Bronco Venture Accelerator combines the hands-on learning and growth for founders that traditional accelerators offer with the resources of the Santa Clara community.

We offer our participating founders a beautiful open workspace, funding, coaching, and workshops coupled with a strong and growing mentorship program to create a dynamic environment for startup development. Our advisors, partners, and network of investors connect our teams to the expertise and capital they need to launch and grow.

The Bronco Venture Accelerator is open to any member of the Santa Clara University community, and we are industry-agnostic and stage-agnostic.


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The Bronco Venture Accelerator is based on a cohort system where a small, carefully selected set of startup teams will join us for a high-energy, high-commitment drive to grow over a six-month period. 

Cohorts are generally recruited in June for launch in July and run through November each year.  






Our Funding



Accelerator Funding

This Bronco Venture Accelerator is funded by Santa Clara University and the Ciocca Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Founders do not need to give up any equity to participate in our program. Founders also do not pay any application fee nor any tuition fees.


Our Network



Act With Power

The Bronco Venture Accelerator is developing a growing team of accomplished advisors and partners who give back to our cohort participants in the form of mentorship as well as legal, financial, and technical resources.
We have access to faculty who are not only preeminent members of the engineering, business, law, and other communities at Santa Clara University, but also often accomplished entrepreneurs in their own right.
Our partnership with campus programs such the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Law School's Entrepreneur's Law Clinic, and the Maker Lab provide teams with an additional interdisciplinary platform of support.

Where possible, part of the programming for the cohort will include perspectives from the Centers of Distinction – ethical entrepreneurship from the Markkula Center, the Jesuit perspective of mindful action toward a greater good from the Ignation Center, and social impact from the Miller Center.

Finally, we are building a large and active network of investors who are invited to advise our cohort and attend our Demo Day at the end of each cohort session.
The highly interactive course will use case studies and experiential sessions to prepare you for directorship and start you on the path to being a sought-after candidate. 

Become part of our valued network of mentors, presenters, and consultants by volunteering here.

Our Events



Accelerator Events

The Bronco Venture Accelerator will also host events, some of which will be open to the larger Santa Clara community, covering various topics in the entrepreneurial landscape.

Events will include:
● Workshop on the fundamentals of company formation, business development and planning, finance, marketing, and sales
● Experiential talks, like casual chats with successful founders and VC's
● Collaborative problem-solving sessions
● Networking events

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Mission & Value



Our Mission

Empower Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion

Our Values

While the Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) is focused on for-profit business ventures, we want participants to embrace our values, including: Diverse teams, ethical leadership, social conscience, mindful action and continuous learning

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  • At least one team member must be an SCU student (undergraduate or graduate), alumni, or faculty member
  • We prefer your team include at least two members
  • Strong consideration given to teams that reflect the diversity of the SCU student body
  • Teams do not need to have a business launched but they must have at least a complete business plan
  • Teams can be pursuing any type of business (we are industry agnostic), but nonprofit ideas are out of scope

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions click here










Morgan Slain
Bronco Venture Accelerator
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Chris Norris 
Executive Director
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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