Startup School Program

Program Modules

Our startup school programs run 3-4 weeks, with each day containing around 6 hours of structured time. This consists of workshops, mentoring and weekly presentation critiques. Participants will learn core entrepreneurial skills, attend networking events, and visit Silicon Valley icons, getting direct exposure to the most relevant entities in Silicon Valley.

Attendees are responsible for unstructured networking time to develop their business idea and explore contacts for funding and partnerships. The following are a sample of the core modules provided under the guidance of Founder and Mind the Bridge CEO, Marco Marinucci.

Below are examples of modules which are staples of our Startup School Program.

Understanding the local entrepreneurial culture, business models, the history, and the secret sauce of Silicon Valley.

How to drive a startup and when to turn. Understanding and achieving product market fit.

How do you define your business model. How to develop a network of partners and use connection to scale your core business.

Articulating a compelling business opportunity, positioning your product and telling your business story.

Telling a compelling story in person, structuring a clear and convincing pitch, and doing it in Silicon Valley time.

Identifying your customer base, your market, your segments, defining your customers and understanding market size.

An overview of administrative and legal aspects such as corporate structure and technology transfer models.

IP 101: Important terms in contracts to understand, patents, trademarks, copyrights and transferring them across borders.

Developing your financial model, presenting financials to investors.

Assembling a team, from recruiting to motivating successfully.

Key aspects to consider. Lessons learned from successful entrepreneur-investor relationships.

An overview of the options, timing, and processes to get a Visa. H, E, L, O, or J. Which to consider and how to apply for each.