For those talented and visionary entrepreneurs aspiring to launch towards stardom out of Stanford University, StartX provides the rocket fuel.
Providing its services free to all Stanford students (from undergrads to PhDs), StartX offers its participants a network of other innovative founders, experienced mentors and a slate of other educational and business resources. In the past StartX has paired student founders with Facebook employee number seven Matt Cohler and venture capitalist and former Sun Microsystems CEO Vinod Khosla.
New entrepreneurs need to know their options once they have an idea they’re ready to scale. At accelerators like Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, startups connect with mentors and corporations that can help them go big or go home.
Canice Wu, Plug and Play’s President, seems to like the words “innovative” and “disruptive” (he used them an awful lot when we talked to him) but there are worse words to favor. With the accelerator’s summer deadline for “Startup Camp” fast approaching (May 14, apply here), he said innovation and disruptive business models are the only prerequisites–other than that, there are no rules or restrictions on what new companies they’ll consider.
Wu said Plug and Play has a network of more than 180 VCs and 100 corporations who come to work with both new and established companies in their various programs. The focus is on scale, so much so that even a company that’s finished a quarterly accelerator program can still take advantage of P&P’s network, mentors, and working space after they graduate. (more…)
In the land of innovation and entrepreneurship, it can be difficult to keep track of all the incubators and accelerators looking to fund the next great idea. More often than not, one hears that a startup is interviewing with Y Combinator or StartX. However, those are not the only power players looking to fund the Valley’s next hot ventures.
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Founded by Peter Relan, YouWeb is a Mountain View-based incubator that has launched billion-dollar startups during its five-year existence. (more…)