Young Entrepreneurs’ Symposium (YES!) ®  
Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay with

Offer by California Institute for Global Education and Partner Universities

2017-2019

The Young Entrepreneur Symposium (YES) provides young aspiring entrepreneurs from across the globe, ages 16-24, the opportunity to build critical business skills and forge valuable connections. This 8- to 12-day event will be sprinkled with motivating talks by prolific entrepreneurs and world-class professors from universities such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, and California State Universities; problem-solving sessions by high-tech companies; industry visits and networking opportunities.

The first 3-4 days of YES focus on innovation: Students work in teams to brainstorm and generate products and services that are global and innovative, yet realistic.  In the second stage, the young entrepreneurs work alongside professors and seasoned professionals to build fundamentally sound business plans. Following a culminating business plan competition, the participants engage the final stage of the event with leadership and collaboration exercises and individual coaching.

12-day YES sample schedule**

Day

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Notes

1

Opening

Tour UC Berkeley

Orientation/Team

stay close to Berkeley

2

Innovation Workshop

Industry Tour*

Teamwork

3

Research Lecture

Industry Tour

Teamwork

4

Product/Service Dev Workshop

Teamwork

Teamwork

5

Innovation presentation

Shopping

6

Entrepreneurship Lecture

Tour Stanford

Teamwork

stay close to Stanford

7

Business Plan Lecture

Teamwork

8

Business Design workshop

Tour venture capitalist firm

Teamwork

9

Business Plan competition

Shopping

10

Collaboration Skills

Tour Calmat/SJSU

Teamwork

stay close to Calmat/San Jose downtown

11

Leadership Skills

Career development

12

Panel with young entrepreneurs

Conclusion/Reflection

Optional tour:

Disneyland, Yosemite, San Francisco, 17-miles or Las Vegas

10-day YES sample schedule**

Day

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Notes

1

Opening

Tour UC Berkeley

Orientation/Team

stay close to Berkeley

2

Innovation Workshop

Industry Tour

Teamwork

3

Research Lecture

Industry Tour

Teamwork

4

Product/Service Dev Workshop

Teamwork

Teamwork

5

Entrepreneurship Lecture

Tour Stanford

Teamwork

stay close to Stanford

6

Business Plan Lecture

Teamwork

7

Business Design workshop

Tour venture capitalist firm

Teamwork

8

Business Plan competition

Tour banks

stay close to Calmat/San Jose downtown

9

Collaboration Skills

Panel with young entrepreneurs

Teamwork

10

Leadership Skills

Conclusion/Reflection

8-day YES sample schedule**

Day

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Notes

1

Opening

Tour UC Berkeley

Orientation/Team

stay close to Berkeley

2

Innovation Workshop

Industry Tour

Teamwork

3

Product/Service Dev Workshop

Teamwork

Teamwork

4

Entrepreneurship Lecture

Tour Stanford

Teamwork

stay close to Stanford

5

Business Plan Lecture

Teamwork

6

Panel with young entrepreneurs

Industry Tour

Teamwork

stay close to Calmat/San Jose downtown

7

Business Plan competition

Conclusion/Reflection

8

Collaboration Skills

Teamwork

* Industry visits include world-leading companies such as Google, HP, CISCO, Facebook, Intel, eBay, major venture capitalist firms, and major banks.

**Samples only, might change according to schedule and student background.

Note: YES! can arrange stays in CSU Monterey Bay student housing. Cost is identical.

Organization Structure:

YES! Silicon Valley is coordinated by California Institute for Global Education (CalGE), CalGE contract with several universities to offer the YES! program.

Contact:

http://calge.org or

email Cal.Global.Education@gmail.com