Part startup accelerator, part entrepreneur incubator, part mini-MBA bootcamp, CAPE was started five years ago to give advanced training and mentorship to the full array of small businesses – not just technology startups -- that are the heart of California’s economy.
“Santa Clara has a long tradition of helping people start businesses and create jobs in
Among the entrepreneur students are a nurse hoping to help patients accurately manage their meds; a marketer hoping to help other businesses improve their cultural know-how; and a tech employee hoping to start a new career in fingernail bling.
Other businesses include: a mobile, free-wifi service; a marketplace for carbon-reducing products; a Hispanic lifestyle company with products celebrating Latino culture; underwater gliders for research and data-collection; a smart water heater; an Uber-type car service for air travelers; a solar charging station for mass use in emergencies; and smart action figures.
Interviews with the business owners can be arranged with prior notice.
More on CAPE can be found at http://bit.ly/SCUCAPE2014.
There are few restrictions on what kinds of businesses are considered for CAPE: they must be based in
In its first four years, 95 entrepreneurs have graduated from CAPE, representing 83 ventures. Of those, more than 85 percent are still active and growing or have been sold.
More than 150 volunteer mentors, judges, guest speakers and panelists, representing finance, marketing, legal, technology, consumer goods, food service and more contribute to CAPE.
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