For Entrepreneurs

Organizations and Programs

Startup Grind Silicon Valley
This is a global network of startup founders, mentors, entrepreneurs and investors with a strong presence in Silicon Valley. The group features various speakers who share their stories and offer additional opportunities to network with local entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic
“The Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic at Santa Clara Law services the active local startup community by delivering free quality legal services to entrepreneurs through the use of second-and third-year law students.”

Silicon Valley SCORE
Silicon Valley SCORE offers free business mentoring, a wide range of educational programs, and numerous templates and tools to help you start or grow a business or nonprofit.

Astia
Astia was founded in Silicon Valley in 1999 as a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and promoting best-in-class women high-growth entrepreneurs. Astia is transforming the way businesses are funded in the here and now, providing capital, connections, and guidance that fuel the growth of highly innovative, women-led ventures around the globe

SCORE Norcal HSN Program

Have a Consumer Product or Product Idea? The SCORE HSN Program allows you to get your product on National TV. Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to pitch directly to HSN executives, receive free mentoring, and jumpstart your sales all for free.

Information Day: September 15, 2018, West Valley College, Saratoga, CA, FREE Event

Pitch Day: TBA, November 2018

Entrepreneur’s Organization
This is a global entrepreneur network with an online presence as well as a physical presence through its Silicon Valley chapter. Entrepreneur’s Organization hosts numerous events and meetups. They also provide online resources and programs that help your startup.

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center is a non-profit organization that provides small business training and support services to help women and men throughout the Bay Area start or grow their own business. Renaissance works to initiate and promote lasting economic development for individuals and communities that traditionally have not had access to capital and business support.

Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
The Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark office promotes innovation by connecting entrepreneurs to government resources, supporting students and teachers through their STEM education programs, gathering feedback from regional stakeholders, and recruiting diverse talent from the region. You can set a 1-on-1 meeting with the USPTO about general IP information. They also host information sessions and events on a weekly basis.

Silicon Valley Forum

The Silicon Valley Forum connects people and organizations from around the world to the knowledge and networks of Silicon Valley. We facilitate connections and provide resources for entrepreneurs and innovators to build and grow a successful company. Our events, customized programs, Startupedia, and strategic partnerships provide the necessary tools to thrive in today’s fast-paced digital economy.

TiE

The IndUS Entrepreneurs is a global, not-for-profit organization created for the advancement of entrepreneurship. The founders of TiE, themselves successful entrepreneurs, senior professionals and corporate executives with roots in the Indus Valley, came together in Silicon Valley in 1992 to create a forum for informal exchange of ideas.

Silicon Valley SBDC
The Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a nonprofit organization that provides expert no-cost advising, low cost workshops and small business trainings, to guide small businesses to success and accomplishment.

Watermark
Watermark is the Bay Area's largest membership organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in leadership positions. We support the success of our senior executives, emerging executives and entrepreneurs via our three pillars: Connect, Develop and Advocate. Representing all fields and functions, we host at least 50 events a year, including our Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley, Innovation Conference, Leadership Conference and Entrepreneur Conference, along with numerous workshops, panels and networking receptions.

Regular Entrepreneurial Events

PitchForce

PitchForce is a monthly event for early-stage high-tech startup entrepreneurs to get a chance to deliver a 4-minute elevator pitch to a panel of seasoned angel investors.

TechCrunch DISRUPT

Startup Battlefield brings the world’s top early stage startups together on one stage to compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, a $50,000 prize, and the attention of media and investors.
F8
Facebook’s annual two-day Developer Conference, in which innovators discuss the biggest and most important trends in the worlds of technology and entrepreneurship.

SVOD2019 - Silicon Valley Open Doors Startup Investment Conference
Don’t miss one of the best startup investment conferences of the year. SVOD hosts an eclectic mix of most creative, forward-thinking, and insightful people in the entrepreneurial and investment world as speakers and investor judges for startup pitch sessions. SVOD is well-known as a conference with the highest ratio between founders and investors, which helps a lot of companies find their first major investments.

HardwareCon
An annual two-day conference in San Jose that celebrates hardware innovation and educates its attendees on the latest trends and technologies.

Silicon Valley Forum Events
Silicon Valley Forum hosts a number of entrepreneurial events around the region, including the annual Women in Tech festival, Seeds of Our Future event, and Visionary Awards ceremony.

TiE Inflect
Organized by The Indus Entrepreneurs’ Silicon Valley branch, TiE Inflect is one of the world’s biggest entrepreneurial conferences.

Women in Technology Summit
The Women in Technology Summit is an annual conference celebrating and educating for women in technology in the Silicon Valley area and the world.

DeveloperWeek

The DeveloperWeek Hackathon invites 1,000+ SF Bay Area developers to build apps from scratch and compete for $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Meetups and Groups

Entrepreneurs Dojo
Entrepreneurs Dojo is a large startup group that hosts a wide variety of events to help support entrepreneurs in and around the Silicon Valley area.

Founders Floor

Startup Matchup hosted by Founders Floor is a networking event unlike any other. They help tech startups match with investors, skilled professionals and quality business resources from the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Silicon Valley at this monthly startup event.

Bay Area Chinese Entrepreneurs & Startups

Organizes workshops, networking events, and educational programs to help support the community of Chinese entrepreneurs and innovators in Silicon Valley.

Bay Area Entrepreneurs & Startups
A large networking group dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and connecting with one another as well as valuable resources.

Churchill Club
The Churchill Club is Silicon Valley's premier business and technology forum. The 5,000-member, nonprofit organization has built a reputation for dynamic, in-the-news programs featuring Silicon Valley CEOs, up-and-coming executives and national business leaders.

Electric Vehicle Entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley
A non-profit group of entrepreneurs helping one another succeed in the design, development, and marketing of electric vehicles.

Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs & Startups
With over 35,000 members, Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs & Startups is one of the largest networking groups for entrepreneurs in the area.

Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Toastmasters Club
An entrepreneurial group that aims to helps its members develop important communication, leadership, and entrepreneurship.

SV Developers + Entrepreneurs
A community in Silicon Valley designed to help educate and support entrepreneurs creating applications.

Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs
Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs is a networking group designed to help women connect with one another and find success.

Newsletters

Silicon Valley Business Journal
Offers several newsletters covering business news in San Jose as well as the entire Silicon Valley area.

Valley Vision Newsletter
Joint Venture’s monthly newsletter covering major entrepreneurial and business events and news in the Silicon Valley area.

Mercury News
Mercury News, which covers events in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area, offers several newsletters, including three about business news.