The Bronco Venture Accelerator's Idea School is a free, fun, informative program that meets online once a week over five weeks and provides you with the tools to take your business idea or inspiration and turn it into a business plan. This program is interdisciplinary and open to anyone in the Santa Clara University community, including graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Idea School is about what happens before you start developing your product, before you incorporate, maybe even before you choose a name. All you need to have is your idea!
What is the level of commitment to this program?
You just need to fill out an application and answer a few questions. Attend the five online sessions on Thursday evenings from October 22 through November 19. Light homework is given, but not required.
Should I apply as an individual or as a group?
Either is fine.
Are there any fees?
No, Idea School is completely free.
What would this program prepare me for?
Your business plan should enable you to start developing your concept further and attracting more team members to your vision. You can go from Idea School to BVA’s more advanced Prep School in the spring. Prep School gets your team ready to apply into an accelerator program with funding, such as the Bronco Venture Accelerator, Y Combinator, or 500 Startups.
What if I've already started developing my idea or business?
While Idea School is designed for first-time founders and very early-stage businesses, later-stage businesses are welcome to attend as well. The principles and sessions are valuable for any founder.
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When does BVA Idea School take place?
BVA Idea School is a fall program. This year, online sessions start on October 22nd and finish November 19th. All classes are from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.