Join the Silicon Valley Impact Camp

Get career ready by earning an official UC Berkeley SCET certificate

Launch your impact-driven project in 4 weeks

Expand your network by connecting with inspiring experts

Explore your entrepreneurial potential and develop your positive impact project in 4 weeks in the heart of Silicon Valley.


The Silicon Valley Impact Camp is an intensive program designed to take your impact-driven project from ideation to a first concept. 

The program provides you with the necessary knowledge, coaching, network and methodologies to help you bring your project to life and delivers an official UC Berkeley SCET certificate for the successful completion of the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship.

Applications for the next session 2023 open on November 14, 2022

Digital Onboarding

Acculturation, mindset and methodology
  • When? May, asynchronous and at your own pace
  • Where? From anywhere around the world

Kick Off Hackathon

Pre-program Kick Off
  • When? July 5th and 6th 2023
  • Where? On-site in Berkeley

4 intensive weeks

Project acceleration
  • When? July 10th to August 4th 2023
  • Where? On-site in Berkeley

Summary of the 4 weeks acceleration on site

  • Stakeholder mapping
  • Circular economy training
  • Theory of change
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Groundwork & field observation
  • Fast prototyping & iteration
  • Solution testing
  • Value proposition definition
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion fluency
  • The chemistry of plastic
  • MVP building and making a first sale
  • Storytelling and pitching a project/product
  • Design for developing communities
  • Project/Product scaling & acceleration
  • Accessibility and empowerment
  • Intensive pitch training
  • Final Demo Day

Join the world's most vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem

Experience inspiring visits to the forefront of Silicon Valley and interact with key change makers.

Examples of visits you may have:

  • Googleplex
  • Stanford University 
  • Allbirds
  • Skydeck Incubator…

And much more!

Discover Schoolab San Francisco
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Instructors and Impact Experts to help you succeed

Portrait of a Schoolab SF team member Mathieu

Mathieu AGUESSE

CEO Schoolab San Francisco
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Portrait of a Schoolab SF team member Ibrahim

Ibrahim BALDE

Equitable Design Associate and Instructor
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Kelly Chou

Sustainable Innovation Associate and Instructor
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Our graduates talk about the program

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Aaron Jones
“This program has exceeded my expectations. I have a different outlook on how to grow and develop new skills to improve as a person, to improve my business, and ultimately make a community impact.”
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Hugo Fournier
“The program has surpassed expectations. I now have the basis to launch a startup. (I learned) so many things. I did not know a lot at the beginning of the program about how to launch a startup. Thus, I learned how to make a good pitch deck, conduct interviews, design a website with Figma and pitch my project to different type of people, including VCs.”
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Featuring the University of California, Berkeley method of entrepreneurship
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Nov. 14th 2022 to Dec 28th 2022

Opening of applications Batch 1

2
Jan. 16th 2023, Feb 28th 2023

Opening of applications Batch 2

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Beginning of February 2023

Announcement of selected candidates for Batch 1

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Beginning of March 2023

Announcement of selected candidates for Batch 2

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May 2023

Beginning of the digital onboarding

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Jul. 6th-7th

Kick Off Hackathon

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Jul. 10th to Aug. 4th

Beginning of the program

Frequently Asked Questions

The program is designed for student entrepreneurs or aspiring student entrepreneurs willing to develop a positive impact project. Students from all around the world can apply!

At Schoolab, we believe in transitions. The core of your project can have a positive impact just as we can help you develop the impact dimension of your project. 

The Silicon Valley Impact Camp is a project-based program. Ideally, applicants already have a project they want to develop. However, it is possible for nominees to find their idea and validate them in accordance with the instructors during the digital onboarding phase.

To apply to the program, you can fill in the application form available directly on this web page available at the tab “join the program”.
Your application will then be reviewed and if your profile matches the program requirements, you will be invited to an individual interview. The final selection of candidates will be announced in early February for batch 1 and in early March for batch 2. 

The program is in person in Berkeley starting the 5th of July to the 4th of August 2023.
The presence of participants is required in person in Berkeley during that period. It is possible to follow the digital onboarding phase remotely from anywhere in the world. 

Yes, you will receive an official UC Berkeley SCET Certificate for the successful completion of the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship.

The program takes place in 3 different phases: 

  • Digital Onboarding: May 2023
  • Kick Off Hackathon: July 5th and 6th 2023
  • Four weeks of classes: July 10th to August 4th 2023

The program costs $5,500 and includes:
– The official certificate from UC Berkeley SCET.
– Access to the digital platform and, its resources and content.
– The Kick-Off Hackathon.
– 4 weeks of accompaniment with workshops, visits, coaching, speaker panels, training…

It is absolutely possible for 2 or more participants to join the program and work together on their joint project.
However, all participants must pay the program fee.  

It is our priority to give the right tools and support to our participants throughout the program. Coaches and Impact Experts are available and can be reached at anytime during the program to provide advice and feedback.

You can reach out to the Schoolab team by contacting us through the contact form on the website.
You can specify that you would like to reach the Silicon Valley Impact Camp team. 

The Silicon Valley Impact Camp program is dedicated and designed for student entrepreneurs or aspiring student entrepreneurs. It is necessary to be a student to participate in the program.

It is possible to apply for the program during the second application batch. However, the seats available for this session will be within the limit of the seats remaining after the first selection batch. It is recommended to apply during the first session to have more chances to be selected.   

Your presence in Berkeley will be requested starting July 5th 2023. 

Yes, you will need to prepare for the trip as logistical details are not managed by Schoolab. As a result you will need to prepare :
– Housing accommodation
– ESTA application
– Medical insurance to cover your trip
– Booking for the flight ticket
To help you with the process, you will find on the following web page the different elements that will help you to prepare your trip.

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