EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES IN SILICON VALLEY

Silicon Valley is on the leading edge of entrepreneurship in the world. Join Cogswell College for the experience of a lifetime in the hub of innovation and venture capital.

Our Immersion Experience is designed for individuals, groups and organizations looking to advance their entrepreneurial mindset by connecting with some of the brightest minds in Silicon Valley.

This unique five-day program allows selected participants a firsthand view into the geographic epicenter of entrepreneurship. Participants leave our program inspired to think like innovators and entrepreneurs, carrying with them the creativity and history of Silicon Valley.

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SAMPLE SCHEDULE

Here's what a day in the Immersion Program could look like:
  TIME   LOCATION
  8:00 am   Breakfast
  9:00 am   IDEO Tour
  10:00 am   Meet Kenji Kato,entrepreneur
  11:00 am   Evernote
  1:00 pm   Lunch at Google
  2:00 - 3:00 pm   Hacker Dojo, Hackers/Founders
  4:00 pm   Visit Cogswell Studios
  6:00 - 9:00 pm   Meetup: Bitcoin (Plug-N-Play Center)


FOR STUDENTS

Students engage in an experiential learning opportunity, right here in the heart of Silicon Valley, that rivals any study abroad program. Through the Cogswell College Immersion Experience, students cultivate and share innovative ideas and gain the confidence to pursue their dreams.

They’ll find inspiration in the most vibrant, successful entrepreneurial ecosystems and tap into the energy and excitement that permeates Silicon Valley. Students will learn to think like entrepreneurs by:

  • Learning how to prepare for action in any state of the business cycle through team-based learning, creative workshops and hands-on projects.
  • Becoming indispensable through team-based learning, creative workshops and hands-on projects to make you ready for action in any stage of a business cycle.
  • Exploring Silicon Valley through trips to high-tech corporate campuses, local incubators and innovation labs.
  • See first-handhow start-up businesses are built.

FOR EXECUTIVES & ENTREPRENEURS

The speed of innovation and change today is requiring companies to become more creative to outpace the competition. Join us for five days Silicon Valley for an experience that will inspire the way you do business. Our Executive Immersion Experience offers unparalleled access to the high concentration of ideas and venture capital found in Silicon Valley.

Your team will leave our program energized with new ideas generated by the opportunity to:
  • Networking with successful entrepreneurs in local business start-ups.
  • Explore Silicon Valley through trips to high tech corporate campuses, local incubators and innovation labs.
  • Cultivate an innovator’s environment through hands-on projects and creative workshops.
  • Learn how to pivot products and services to outrun change and generate new ideas and/or new lines of revenue.


FAQs About The Immersion Experience - For Students

How do I apply?
Call: 1-855-361-5930 or email us at immersion@cogswell.edu.

How much does the Immersion Experience cost? What do I get?
1.  Cost $2,500 (excluding travel and accommodations)

2.  You get a five-day intensive experience within Silicon Valley, which includes: hands-on workshops, visiting Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, accelerators, startups, incubators, investors and corporate innovation centers.

How does this fit in / apply towards my curriculum?
Students enrolled in our Master of Arts in Entrepreneurship & Innovation program may choose to participate in our Immersion Experience prior to the start of the semester. You’ll earn 3 credit hours towards your Master of Arts practicum for completing in the Immersion Experience combined with academic assignments.

Who runs the program?
The program is organized and coordinated by Cogswell College.

Who participates?
College students, executives, anyone interested in immersing themselves in an entrepreneurship and innovation environment.
  • For Students – enhance coursework with a real-life experience
  • For Executives & Entrepreneurs – experience innovation and entrepreneurship from idea creation to start-up in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Where do I stay?
Hotel cost is not included however Cogswell College has made arrangements at local hotels for special rates.

FAQs About the Silicon Valley Immersion Experience - For Executives

What will I get from the Immersion Experience?
Your team will participate in an intensive experience within Silicon Valley, which includes: hands-on workshops, visiting Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, accelerators, startups, incubators, investors and corporate innovation centers.
  • How to take new ideas from concept to reality
  • How to encourage creativity and acceptance of change in the organization
  • How successful entrepreneurs turn vision into tangible success

How much will it cost my company?
$2,500 per participant. Your company may choose to reimburse/pay for travel, lodging and other incidental costs (standard package, does not include executive customized activities).

Who runs and /or sponsors the program?
The program is organized and coordinated by Cogswell College.

Where will we stay? Do you help with hotel accommodations?
Hotel cost is not included however Cogswell College has made arrangements at local hotels for special rates.

Transportation between locations as part of the five-day experience is arranged by Cogswell College and is included in the price.

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PROGRAM FEATURES

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Hands-on team-based projects
  • Session Competition
  • Site visits around Silicon Valley
  • Trips to San Francisco, startups & incubators
  • Networking with successful entrepreneurs and innovators

PHOTOS

DATES

  • August 18-22, 2014
  • October 6-10, 2014
  • October 20-24, 2014
  • November 10-14, 2014
  • January 12-16, 2015
  • January 19-23, 2015
  • February 2-6, 2015
  • February 16-20, 2015
  • March 2-6, 2015
  • March 16-20, 2015

SILICON VALLEY FACTS

  • 2.92 million people live in Silicon Valley.
  • The average annual salary in SV is $107,395.
  • Greater Silicon Valley makes up just 1.22% of California’s land area, but is home to 77.2% of its venture capital.

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