Global Venture Catalyst Program

GVC is for technology-focused undergraduates, MBA students, and experienced mentors to connect and pursue new ventures and corporate opportunities.

Top Global Technology focused students invited to:

  • Work in global teams, based on AI -optimized matching, to build friendships, expand professional networks & future career opportunities

  • Connect with Silicon Valley and top global entrepreneurs, leaders, investors

  • Start a firm or develop your industry-oriented resume

  • Experience what a startup feels like, prepare for upskilling programs or graduate education

  • On-line and intensely interactive. 500 Global Students. Owning your own future

  • No cost to current students. Accepted by merit only

  • Additional Mentors and Collaborators TBA:

The Future is being Prototyped Today:

For the first time, technology-minded students have the opportunity to work globally and connect with each other directly. The Global Venture Catalyst is a 4 day global event for aspiring student entrepreneurs and innovators. Due to sponsorship, the event is available without cost for the most innovative students globally to develop new venture and industry career paths.

Unlike traditional venture programs which are small and expensive, this is a large scale virtual event focused on launching and accelerating student opportunities. Global Venture Catalyst allows leading students to meet each other, form teams, work intensely for 4 days, make potentially life-long networks, and connect with Silicon Valley. The program is developed by Prof. Ikhlaq Sidhu at UC Berkeley based on the concepts of Innovation Engineering.

What You

Will Learn:

Learn the Innovation Engineering framework to create anything new:

  • Story first and then everything else

  • Execution while learning and inductive learning

  • Technology strategy

  • Innovation leadership

  • Mindsets and behaviors for innovation and entrepreneurship

 

Additional learning and benefits:

  • Map leading edge technologies and research projects into markets and business models

  • How to execute your project in a virtual team environment

  • Develop your international network

  • Lead innovative new projects with less risk within an existing firm or new venture

For Top Global Students interested in Real-Life Technology Opportunities

How it Works:

  1. Students apply by providing ideas, skills, and background information.

  2. If selected, students participate in the 4-Day Virtual Bootcamp style event.

  3. We use an AI based algorithm to match teams most likely to create value and benefit from knowing each other.

  4. We add ideas and concepts from external firms.

  5. Step-by-step guidance for execution and innovation behaviors.

  6. Top teams are awarded by day for 4 for additional opportunities including acceptance into Berkeley Venture Lab program and other partner programs.  

  7. Award of $500 per team for 5 teams.

  8. All teams matriculate the program by meeting new team members, Silicon Valley mentors, and developing their project to change the world.

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Acceptance Criteria:

  1. For technically minded students and broader students interested in technology ventures, tech industry jobs, or continued technical education.

  2. 3rd or 4th year Bachelor’s degrees candidate in technical and non-technical areas with an interest in technology

  3. The program accepts 3 technical for every non-technical (business-oriented) student

Program Schedule:

  • Day 1: Workshop/Teamwork: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM PST. Topics: Innovation, Auto-match, Story. Teamwork due before next session.

  • Day 2: Workshop/Teamwork 8:00 AM to 11:00  AM PST. Roles, Customer vs Venture Pitch, Mentor Match, Validation. Teamwork due in 5 days

  • Day 3: Workshop/Teamwork: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM PST. Topics include Venture Execution, Stakeholders, Leadership, Business Model. Teamwork due before next session.

  • Day 4: Workshop/Teamwork: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM PST. Topics include judging, master class, Innovation Engineering framework, and winners announcement.

Join the Community

Students

Work in global teams, based on AI -optimized matching, to build friendships, expand professional networks & future career opportunities. Experience what a startup feels like, prepare for upskilling programs or graduate education. No cost to current students. Accepted by merit only.

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Global Venture Catalyst (GVC) is a socially-oriented initiative focused on creating connections and empowering teams to pursue new ventures and corporate opportunities augmented with AI-powered matching.

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