The SVB Trek: A Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Silicon Valley
Priya Rajan, Director of Early Stage Banking and Leader of University Engagement Strategy at Silicon Valley Bank
We are inspired daily by the ingenuity and passion of the entrepreneurs and investors we work with at SVB. And by banking half of U.S. venture capital-backed companies and a growing global clientele, we gain killer insights early on. To champion the next generation of innovators, we open our doors each year to connect ambitious, entrepreneurially minded college students with creative minds, world-class investors and industry leaders. During the four-day Trek, we dive headlong into the innovation ecosystem through an immersive learning experience featuring salon-style events, interviews with industry luminaries and hands-on workshops, plus iconic tours throughout San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
Gaining Early Access to a Uniquely Diverse Network
SVB and our partners believe when you’re solving the world’s most difficult problems, access to forward-thinking problem solvers is critical. So The Trek aims to be an opportunity for students from across the world to build a network of peers and advisors, while gaining unique insights to propel them to the next stage of their career development.
Jake Mendel’s career path was transformed after joining the 2016 Trek class a year ago. An Ohio State MBA student with two startups under his belt, Jake was toying with a career in investment banking. But then he did a gut-check. Today, he and fellow Trek alum Zeenia Kaul have raised enough capital to launch a company focused on nutriceutical supplements for cancer patients in remission. Their partnership took root at The Trek.
Meet the SVB Trek Class of 2017
The Trek selection process is rigorous, and we work side by side with leading universities to find a small group of students each year who reflect diverse backgrounds, academic experiences and career pursuits.
The trailblazers in the Trek Class of 2017 have already achieved impressive feats. They include: the inventor of gloves that translate sign language to English; the co-founder of an app that measures air quality to determine when to stay inside; a developer of an educational program to help autistic students communicate; a developer of an alternative source of protein in the form of crickets, the CEO of a platform to mobilize individuals to invest collaboratively and the developer of a “lawyer” bot that appeals parking tickets for free.
Our “guides” at The Trek are in the trenches and have lived through the ups and downs of startup life. We encourage these technology leaders to candidly recount their startup journey, including their failures.
Some of the guides for this year’s Trek include Peter Boyce II, Co-Founder of Rough Draft Ventures and VC at General Catalyst, Jess Lee, Partner at Sequoia Capital, Mike Maples, Jr., Partner at Floodgate, and Clara Shih, Co-Founder and CEO of Hearsay Social.
Here are the 2017 Trek student participants:
* Co-Founder/CTO ExVivo, a Waterloo-based startup building next generation medical diagnostic tools
* PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo
* Desai Accelerator participant
* BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan
* Founder, Stealth startup
* BS, Computer Science, Harvard University
* Founder, DoNotPay, “the world’s first robot lawyer”
* BS, Computer Science, Stanford University
* CEO of Lasso Investing, a platform targeted toward Gen-Z and millennial investors by mobilizing individuals to invest collaboratively and share investing strategies with others in their professional and social networks
* BS, Computer Science, Brown University
* Intern, Innovation Park Notre Dame
* BS, Finance, University of Notre Dame
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* Co-Founder, Sustainable Energy Startup
* BS, Sustainable Development Engineering, Tecnológico de Monterrey
* Founder, Expression for Autism, educational program to help students with autism improve communication skills, build confidence, and spur creativity
* BS, Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
* Engineering and Kessler Fellow at Starsky Robotics
* BS, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Cornell University
* PhD, Computational Medicine, Cornell University
* Named to Forbes’ 2016 30 under 30 List
* Senior Embedded Systems Research Programmer at PRECISE research center
* MS, Embedded Systems, University of Pennsylvania
* Finance whiz and startup consultant
* MS, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
* Biomedical Engineering Post Doctoral & Entrepreneurial Lead, Texas A&M University
* Co-Founder, Impulse Labs — “a quick way to find someone to do something with”
* BS, Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley
* Co-Founder, BookMyShow Indonesia, a cinema and event ticketing e-commerce platform
* MBA, Stanford University, Stanford Graduate School of Business
* Co-Founder, Bash, a simple way to arrange activities with friends
* BS, Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
* Inventor, Gloves which translate sign language to English (hand gesture interpretation apparatus for translating hand gestures)
* BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Washington
* Ibtikar Fund, an investment fund focused on Palestinian startups
* MBA, Texas A&M University, Mays Business School
* Co-Founder, Small Farms, an alternative source of protein in the form of crickets.
* BS, Business & Economics, Trinity College, Dublin
* Co-Founder, KrafftIT/INHALE, an app to allow you to learn about the air around you and help you organize your day based on when it’s best for you to be outside
* BS, Business, University of Southern California
* Founder, Xbootcamp
* MBA, Harvard University, Harvard Business School
* Co-Founder, Welcome Home, a real estate startup
* JD/PhD student, Harvard University, Harvard Law School
* Fellow at the Penn Center for Innovation (PCI)
* PhD, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
* Co-founder, Delivice, Ann Arbor’s next day grocery delivery service
* BS, Computer Science, University of Michigan
* Student Partner at Rough Draft Ventures, powered by General Catalyst
* KPCB Engineering Fellow
* BS, Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology