The IDC leverages University, local, national, and international resources to provide programs, services and partnerships that equip our member entrepreneurs with the knowledge and support they need to establish successful ventures. With our advantageous location in Silicon Valley, we capitalize on University strengths, local business networks, city resources, and entrepreneurial expertise to support and motivate a vibrant startup community in San José. Many of our programs support education, research and entrepreneurship for SJSU students through internships, professional experience, and opportunities to learn firsthand about startup creation and growth. The IDC is designed to support SJSU research and educational purposes by translating SJSU research into valuable services and products that have a positive impact beyond the SJSU campus.
San José State University is the host of the Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which focuses on supporting innovation and expanding Santa Clara County small businesses that are involved with the creation, development, or launch of products or services.
SJSU is planning to launch an entrepreneurial support center (tentatively branded SJSU Thrive) that leverages resources in Silicon Valley and beyond to create a unique entrepreneurial experience and an engine for economic growth. Our vision is to build an inclusive startup community enriched with equitable support programs to help our diverse member companies and founders launch and grow new businesses.
IDEAS was formed by the College of Business to bring together students from different majors and backgrounds to share and collaborate on innovative ideas. Their goals are to use student’s skill sets, interests and passion to create projects then design these projects. They use professional networking, technology, creativity, and the tools necessary to get ideas going.
Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge (SVIC) is a program offered by the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship designed to cultivate entrepreneurs at San José State University and provide the necessary tools and guidance to enable students to take their innovative business ideas to the next level. Winners of the competition receive cash awards to further advance their innovations, along with mentorship and networking opportunities.