Deep Dive Into The Valley: A 2024 Silicon Valley Immersion

The Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel University recently embarked on an exhilarating journey to Silicon Valley, the epicenter of technological innovation. Guided by Dean, Donna De Carolis and Associate Dean, Chuck Sacco, a group of students delved into the heart of the Bay Area’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, immersing themselves in discovery and inspiration. The participating students—Max Chamuel, Anthony D’Angelo, Aidan Harrington, Tom Kelly, Victoria Miller, and Janis Niv—proved to be outstanding ambassadors for both Drexel and the Close School.

For many students, the trip marked their first experience with the vibrant landscape of California’s West Coast. From encountering self-driving cars to marveling at the temperate weather, each moment showcased the boundless innovation that defines Silicon Valley. The students visited various startup companies, including Polymath Robotics, founded by Drexel alumnus Stefan Seltz-Axmacher, and Biome, founded by Drexel alumnus Collin Cavote. Students also visited Amity Ventures, a boutique VC fund, the German Accelerator, an incubator program for German companies looking to scale globally, and Hero City, Silicon Valley’s premier coworking community.

In addition to startup visits, the students experienced a walking tour of North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf, attended the Battle of the Bay exhibition game between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics, and toured the iconic Alcatraz Island.

During the trip, students connected with accomplished Drexel alumni such as Vijay Ullal, KJ Singh, Mare, David Lucas, and Josh Amrani. They engaged in insightful conversations about their careers and the origins of their dreams, many of which began during their time at Drexel. During a dinner event, students had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to Drexel alumni Dipak Patel and Mike Edwards, who provided invaluable insights as seasoned investors and entrepreneurs. These exchanges were a source of inspiration and motivation for the budding entrepreneurs.

As the journey concluded, students departed Silicon Valley with a newfound sense of ambition and resilience. The trip expanded their horizons and reaffirmed their commitment to driving innovation and positive change in the world. Despite doubts and fears, they discovered a multitude of reasons to persist, fueled by the belief that their ideas have the power to make a difference.

The Silicon Valley Immersion Trip of 2024 was not just a trip; it emerged as a profound, transformative experience that will shape the future paths of the participating students. 
As the Close School continues to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs, the lessons learned and connections forged in Silicon Valley will serve as stepping stones on their entrepreneurial journeys. In the dynamic realm of entrepreneurship, such experiential learning opportunities are indispensable. By nurturing exploration, fostering innovation, and facilitating collaboration between students and the Entrepreneurship Alumni Network (EAN), the Close School empowers students to unleash their boundless potential, forging a path towards a brighter future for themselves and society at large.

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