Startup Camp

We immerse early-stage startups and entrepreneurs into the Silicon Valley environment.
Startup Camp

Sharp minds. Enormous ideas.

You have the dedication, the eagerness and the experience to make a difference. We are here to help you go that extra mile.

Upcoming Dates:

Qualification and Review: Nov 30th, 2017

Startup Camp Kick-Off: Dec 18th, 2017

Startup Camp EXPO: Oct 24, 2017

Successfully driving a startup requires more than just a good idea and cool technology. We believe that what differentiates the best from the rest is a passionate, well-rounded team, a super disruptive technology and an innovative idea created for a larger market. Other factors that play into creating a successful venture are access to outside resources such as mentorship and raising funds. The Startup Camp Program can help take your business to the next level through our weekly active coaching sessions and through access to our established network of VC’s, Investors, Corporations and other Silicon Valley Players.

The Plug and Play Startup Camp is a 10-week program designed to immerse startups and entrepreneurs into the Silicon Valley environment. Through a combination of structured workshops, speaker series, mentorship sessions as well as active coaching, startup founders will crystallize their ideas and business plans, build out their startup’s business model and prototypes as well as present their refined pitches to the venture capital community. Qualified Startup Camp participants are eligible to receive an investment of $25,000 upon acceptance into the program.

The Startup Camp program takes place at the Silicon Valley headquarters of Plug and Play Tech Center, a world renowned startup accelerator, located in Sunnyvale, CA. Plug and Play Tech Center is a thriving startup community with over 300 startups from all over the world.

Startup Camp will conclude with the Startup Camp EXPO, a demo day that will connect the venture capital and angel investor community with Startup Camp companies and provide additional exposure for the companies.

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Ankur Jain

Co-Founder & CEO at Humin

Eric Baissus

CEO Kalray

Keaton Swett

Co-founder & President, MindSumo Inc.

Renée berry

Product Marketing Specialist

Tom Rice

Abhas Art Agrawal

CEO at

Felix Desroches

Co-founder, Product at CodeFights

Larry Marcus

Managing Director at Walden Venture Capital

Bob Hagerty

CEO at Icontrol Networks

Tony Bates

President of GoPro

Nathan Gold

The Demo Coach

Art Norins

Nor1 Founder & Executive Chairman / Sandium Chairman

Fergus Hurley

Product Manager at Google, Engineer & Entrepreneur

Maha Ibrahim

General Partner at Canaan Partners

Rodolfo Gonzalez

Associate at Foundation Capital

Trent Hazy

Co-Founder & CEO at MindSumo

Saeed Amidi

CEO and Founder of Plug and Play Tech Center.

Asad Sattar

Sr. Financial Analyst at Cisco

Gautam Gupta

Co-Founder and CEO at NatureBox

Martin Hack

Entrepreneur. Technology Executive.

Roman Karachinsky

Co-founder & CEO of News360

Tyler Dikman

CEO at LoungeBuddy

Salil Pradhan

VC & Product Guy for Notion and Draper Nexus Venture Partners.

Bipul Sinha

Co-Founder & CEO Rubrik

Gerard Brossard

EVP and Managing Director, Managed Services and Information Technology at EarthLink

Michael Scharff

EVP/ Chief Digital Officer at Sears Canada

Shadie Farazian

Global Head, YouTube Content Partner Operations

Vikas Aggarwal

Advisor & Investor at Multiple Startups

Steph Jacobs

Management consultant & Executive in Residence at Plug and Play Tech Center.

Brett Hardin

Guy Piekarz

Mike Hodges

Investor at ATA Ventures

Shahin Farshchi

Partner - Lux Capital Management

Xuyang Li

Founder & CEO at TrustGo Mobile Inc.

Rick Yang

Rick Yang

Partner at New Enterprise Associates

Brian NeSmith

President & CEO at Arctic Wolf Networks

Hadi Taheri, PhD

Michael Hollman

Shawn Douglass

President (SaaS, Big Data & Analytics) / CTO at Unified Social

Yoichiro Taku

Edward Yip

Edward Yip

Consumer Internet Investments @ Norwest Venture Partners

Carlo Capello

Co-founder and CEO at ProxToMe, Inc.

Harry Singh

Director at Intel Capital

Mo Al Adham

CEO/Co-founder at Telly

Sid Bhatt

Yozo Suzuki

Aaron Rich

User Experience Strategist and Co-Founder of EchoUser

Cecily O'Regan

Jack Jia

Founder and CEO at Trusper, Inc.

Nakul Mandan

Investor at Lightspeed Venture Partners

Sina Sohangir

Co Founder at AdPardaz

Max Gannutin

Max Gannutin

Adrian Nazari

Founder & CEO at Credit Sesame Inc.

Jeff Thermond

Venture Partner at XSeed Capital

Nicholas Seet

Siori Kitajima

Head of Design, illustrator at SF AppWorks

Alek Vernitsky

CEO & Co-founder at GetGoing, Inc

Charlie Jablonski

Executive Advisor at OnLive

Jon Soberg, CFA

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Expansive Ventures

Nikhil Basu Trivedi

Principal at Shasta Ventures

Sudha Valluru

Director of Engineering at Google

Alessandro Levi

Christopher Nguyen

Co-Founder & CEO at ADATAO, Inc.

Jonathan Siddharth

Founder & Co-CEO, Flipora

Patrick Burns

EIR at Plug and Play

Tarang Shah

Mobile, Telco, SaaS, Digital Media and Software Investment Banker

Alexander Debelov

CEO of Virool - Fastest Growing Video Distribution Service.

Daniel Ahn

Managing Partner at Envision Ventures

Joost Schreve

Philip Engelhardt

Philip Engelhardt

Managing Partner, PhilQuo Ventures
  • Hi Tech Veteran
  • Senior management
  • Corporate Acquisitions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • New market opportunities and Strategic Alliances
  • Finance and manage a good idea to successful exploitation
Philip Engelhardt is the Managing Partner of PhilQuo Ventures, pioneers in Micro Investment Banking services for early stage companies in web based businesses, film production and digital media. In addition, he is an advisor to market leaders in the old economy who are planning for the digital evolution of their industries.
Engelhardt has served several terms as a member of the Board of Directors of Société Générale de Financement du Québec, a diversified multi billion dollar investment fund, and of Miranda Technologies, a leading provider of technology based solutions to the global broadcast industry. He is a longstanding member of the Board of Directors of RKO Pictures, the oldest continuously operating motion picture production company. He previously served on the board of Cinequest - the San Jose Film Festival, on the advisory boards of SGF Tech, Kasenna, Acacia Research, Florida National Bank and Sensei Partners, and as Chairman of the Content Advisory Board of the Internet Streaming Media Alliance. He has also served as strategic advisor to several Governors of western states, and is a founding member of the High Technology Council of the Western Governors Association. He has been an active participant at the annual meeting in Davos and at regional meetings of the World Economic Forum since 1979.
Previously, he was Senior Advisor to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI), Vice President of Strategic Relations, and a member of the company's senior executive team. Before joining SGI, he was technology advisor to Producer Rick McCallum at Lucasfilm Ltd., where they conceived and implemented the innovative digital production strategy for Star Wars. Throughout his career, Engelhardt has served as strategic advisor to the leadership of many global companies, including Air France, AT&T, Digital Equipment, Gulf+Western, Hewlett-Packard and Viacom.
Engelhardt began his career in the Wall Street community, with experience in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and mortgage brokerage. In addition to several board memberships in the financial, technology and philanthropic sectors, he served as president of investment affiliates of BNP Paribas, this following ten years at Lehman Brothers - now Barclays Capital, and its subsidiaries. During this period, he arranged funding for many of the country's most renowned real estate developers, as well as financing the growth of several of the world's great hospitality brands. Mr. Engelhardt acted as an advisor on special tax matters to the administration of President Gerald Ford. He has long been active in state and local government initiatives, as well as numerous community projects.

Ted Driscoll

Partner, Digital Healthcare Lead, Claremont Creek Ventures

Alex Gurevich

David Blumberg

Managing Partner, Blumberg Capital

Jorge Fernandes

Prosenjit Sen

Tim Hwang

Founder and CEO, FiscalNote - Looking to hire exceptional achievers!

Alireza Masrour

Alireza Masrour

Managing Partner at Plug & Play Ventures

David Litwak

Joydeep Bhattacharyya

Principal at Shasta Ventures

Rafael Corrales

General Partner at Charles River Ventures

Todd Rumberger

Partner and Vice Chair of PEVC Practice, Foley & Lardner

Andrew Grauer

CEO and Co-Founder at Course Hero

Deepak Jeevan Kumar

Early stage enterprise VC at General Catalyst

Koustubha Deshpande

Head of Mobile @Marketo

Rebecca Miller

Tom Kosnik

Collaborating across the triple chasms of generation, gender and culture.

Charles Steinberg

Charles Steinberg
  • CEO at CAS Associates
  • Previously:
    • President, Business and Professional
    • Products Company at Sony
    • President, Business and Professional Company at Sony Electronics
    • President at Ampex COrporation

Starting in 1988, Mr. Steinberg was President of the Broadcast and Professional Company of Sony Electronics Inc. with responsibility for products and systems for the broadcast and business/industrial markets in the United States. He served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Sony Cinema Products Corporation. He also served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Sony Trans Com Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary providing in-flight entertainment systems.
Effective July 1st, 1999, he retired from Sony and then served as consultant to Sony Electronics. a member of the Board of Directors of Silicon Graphics(SGI), and an advisor to both the eye IO and Vioozer Corporations and a Member of the Board of Directors of Plug and Play.
He was an Executive in Residence for the Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Davis, California, teaching a course on entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining Sony in 1988,he was with the Ampex Corporation for 25 years serving in various positions including president, and chief executive officer and chairman of the board.
He has received three Emmy Awards. The first was the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award Emmy which was presented “in recognition of many contributions to electronic technology during his career at Ampex and Sony. A second Emmy Award was for production and broadcast of the first four National Football League (NFL) games in High Definition Television. The third Emmy Award was for technical efforts at the Games of the XXVII Olympics in Australia.
He was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Broadcasters Association (NAB) Convention in 1999 from Broadcasting and Cable in recognition of contributions to electronic technology during a professional lifetime. He was also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Imaging Technology and Sound (ITS). In December 2008, Charles Steinberg was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
He is a Lifetime Fellow of The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers and a recipient of the Presidential Proclamation Award from that organization.
He served on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute for ten years. He was also on the Board of Trustees for the Vision Fund, a charitable organization dedicated to improving the life of visually impaired individuals. He received an award from this organization for “superior achievements” and “professional excellence and social involvement”.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1957.
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