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Destination Silicon Valley FAQs

What if I cannot attend the full 10 days?

You will get the greatest benefit by attending the entire 10-day accelerator program. Let us know in your online application what part you cannot attend so we can jointly determine if you will get the full value of the program.

Can I attend Destination Silicon Valley online?

This is an in-person-only immersive program providing high networking opportunities in the heart of Silicon Valley. There is no online option.

What stage of business should my company be in?

We will be accepting ventures that are in the ideation, minimum viable product (MVP) stage through in-the-market. Our goal of the program is to accelerate your venture and take it to the next level. We aim to get your venture “investment-ready.”

What is the ideal team composition?

Founders are welcome. Having a team of two or more from the same venture provides a valuable learning and networking experience.

Is financial aid available? If so, how do I apply?

There is no financial aid available for the January 2023 program. However, please work with local entrepreneur support organizations such as your TiE chapter, which may wish to offer financial assistance.

What is your refund/drop policy?

Once accepted into the program, you may receive a tuition refund minus a $200 cancellation fee if enrollment is canceled at least three business days before the start of the program.

Program Cancellation Refund Policy

If the program is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, you will receive a full refund of your tuition within 14 days.

What if I have additional questions?

Please email extension@ucsc.edu or call 1.408.861.3700.