Santa Clara Ventures' Bronco Venture Fund helps back the most promising companies entering the Bronco Venture Accelerator.
Formed in 2019, Santa Clara University's Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) combines the hands-on learning and growth for founders that traditional accelerators offer with the resources and network of the Santa Clara community.
To apply to the BVA, founders must be Santa Clara University graduates, faculty, staff, or students. The BVA is a highly competitive program accepting fewer than 20% of applying companies.
The BVA runs July through October, and founders and their teams are expected to commit full time over this period
Every Thursday, the BVA invites successful founders, industry experts, and investors to speak to the founders
The BVA provides founders with a forum to interact with and support other leading SCU entrepreneurs
The BVA provides founders with focused business development program modeled on Y Combinator's Startup School, Stanford's StartX, and UC Berkeley's Skydeck
Almost every week the BVA brings in experts to do a hands-on workshop on key topics
Dozens of experienced entrepreneurs and executives mentor founders 1:1 on a weekly basis, and a bench of expert advisors is available for key questions
The most promising companies entering the BVA will be offered early investment of $50,000 by the Bronco Venture Fund
BVA founders present in Demo Day in October in front of hundreds of VC and angel investors
BVA founders receive a $5,000 non-dilutive cash stipend from Santa Clara University to help meet business expenses
- Two years of free business banking from First Republic Bank
- $100,000 Google Cloud credits
- $10,000 Digital Ocean credits
- $10,000 AWS credits
- Free 409A valuation
- Free accounting services
- 50% discount on Salesforce
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The BVA's 12 alumni companies from its original summer 2019 cohort raised more financing, were accepted into prestigious programs like Y Combinator and Alchemist, and one BVA1 company had an exit.
BVA1 alum and crypto credit card rewards platform Blockrize announced they were acquired by Gemini, the New York-based exchange owned by the Winklevoss twins. Gemini will be launching a credit card using Blockrize’s platform.
Founder and CEO Victor Darolfi and his RoboTire team got accepted into Y Combinator (W 20), raised new funding, and are revolutionizing automobile maintenance with their robotics platform.
The BVA's second year in operation saw remarkable progress despite having to move online due to COVID-19.
In July 2020, the BVA kicked off its BVA2 cohort with 16 promising early stage startups founded by Santa Clara alumni, faculty, staff, and students receiving four months of business assistance and mentorship.
BVA2 had a successful online investor Demo Day in October 2020 with more than 250 VC’s and angels attending.
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