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36 Best & Most Active California Entrepreneurship Programs

Entrepreneurship Programs play an important role in the startup ecosystem. We have curated a list of the top California Entrepreneurship Programs. We have tried to select a variety of different types of investors across a variety of niches.

This list is designed to show off the investors with exceptional track records, industry experience and a unique understanding of the ecosystem.

Top California Entrepreneurship Programs

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.


NewSchools Venture Fund

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Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Debt, Early Stage Venture, Grant, Late Stage Venture, Private Equity, Seed

NewSchools Venture raise charitable funds from donors and invest them to support education entrepreneurs.


World Innovation Lab

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Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program, Fund Of Funds, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Late Stage Venture, Venture

World Innovation Lab is a venture capital from governments and global corporations.


Desafía

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Investor Type: Accelerator, Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage: Non Equity Assistance

We help Spanish technology companies scale faster and globally.


Nex Cubed

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Investor Type: Accelerator, Entrepreneurship Program, Incubator

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

Nex Cubed is an investor and innovation partner that invests in, accelerates, and scales frontier tech companies.


UCI Applied Innovation

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Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program, Incubator, Startup Competition

Investment Stage:

UCI Applied Innovation brings campus-based discoveries together.


SoFi

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Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage: Non Equity Assistance

SoFi is a finance company that offers a range of lending and wealth management services.


Metaform Ventures

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Investor Type: Corporate Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship Program, Incubator, Private Equity Firm, Venture Capital, Venture Debt

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Late Stage Venture, Post-Ipo, Seed

Metaform Ventures is an investment fund .


Bay Angels

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Investor Type: Angel Group, Entrepreneurship Program, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Convertible Note, Crowdfunding, Debt, Early Stage Venture, Non Equity Assistance, Private Equity, Seed, Venture

Bay Angels is a San Francisco/Silicon Valley angel investment firm since 1998 – for a wide range of techsectors: in Seed, Angel, and Pre-A


Paris-Saclay Seed Fund

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Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage:

Paris Saclay Seed Fund was launched by Université Paris-Saclay and its members and operations were entrusted to two Venture Capital funds.


Founder Institute

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Investor Type: Accelerator, Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture

Founder Institute is a pre-seed startup accelerator, with chapters in 180+ cities and a portfolio with $20B+ in value.


GSD Venture Studios

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Investor Type: Accelerator, Entrepreneurship Program, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Initial Coin Offering, Late Stage Venture, Private Equity

Venture studio specializing in helping resilient entrepreneurs #GoGlobal


Foxhog Ventures Corp.

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Investor Type: Angel Group, Entrepreneurship Program, Incubator, Investment Bank, Private Equity Firm

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Grant, Non Equity Assistance, Venture

USA based Venture Capital Firm came up with Foxhog Small Finance Bank , helping startups to land idea into future with equity based funding.


Kauffman Fellows

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Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage:

Kauffman Fellows is a society of mentors who are dedicated to educate and inspire people around the world and venture capitalists.


StartVenture

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Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Convertible Note, Early Stage Venture, Seed

Investing in the future, today.


TiE Pune

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Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage:

TiE Pune is a nonprofit network that fosters entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, and education.


QB3

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Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage:

California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences is a group of research institutes created for the benefit of the bioeconomical society.


Blackbox

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Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage:

Blackbox is a global founder accelerator based in Silicon Valley.


SAP Startup Focus

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Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture

SAP Startup Focus is a program for startups with big data, predictive analytics and/or real-time data decision solutions.


SV Links

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Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage: Grant

SV Links empowers business owners and top executives from emerging countries to stay ahead of the curve on rapidly accelerating innovation.


FoundersBoost (formerly Startup Boost)

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator, Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage: Convertible Note, Early Stage Venture, Non Equity Assistance, Seed, Venture

In 14 cities globally (see details), we find promising early stage startups and prepares them for accelerators, investment, and revenue.


CBA Startup Ecosystem

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Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage:

Build Value to Exit Program for Startups & istarthub Innovation Program for Corporates


Talino Venture Labs

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Investor Type: Accelerator, Corporate Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship Program, Incubator, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Crowdfunding, Early Stage Venture, Seed, Venture

Talino Venture Labs is a global venture studio for inclusive fintech


M ACCELERATOR

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator, Co-Working Space, Entrepreneurship Program, Incubator

Investment Stage: Convertible Note, Early Stage Venture, Late Stage Venture, Seed

M ACCELERATOR focuses on a multi-modal approach with workshops and coaching to design and develop business ideas.


The Brenner Group

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Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage: Debt, Early Stage Venture, Private Equity, Secondary Market, Seed

The Brenner Group, Inc. is a financial services company, providing interim financial management, restructuring and fin recruiting solutions


NESsT

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Investor Type: Accelerator, Entrepreneurship Program, Incubator

Investment Stage: Convertible Note, Debt, Grant, Seed

NESsT develops sustainable social enterprises that solve critical social problems.


Wiase Capital

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Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Convertible Note, Crowdfunding, Early Stage Venture, Non Equity Assistance, Seed, Venture

Impact Investment & Venture Philanthropy Firm


TechWadi

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Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage:

TechWadi builds bridges for entrepreneurship through conferences, workshops, and mentoring programs.


Conscious Capitalism

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Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage:

Elevating Humanity Through Business.


Troy Labs

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator, Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage:

Troy Labs is a venture platform that offers mentorship access, recruiting assistance, and due diligence services for partnering investors.


National Bicycle Dealers Association

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage: Non Equity Assistance

National Bicycle Dealers Association is a non-profit association promoting the interests of every specialty bicycle retailer.


CEO Quest

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage: Non Equity Assistance

CEO Quest is a Silicon Valley-based membership forum for CEOs of venture-backed technology companies


Super G Holdings

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage:

Super G Holdings is a holding company that primarily invests in Payment Processing and Technology companies.


Campus

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage: Non Equity Assistance

Campuses are Google’s spaces for entrepreneurs to learn, connect, and build companies that will change the world.


Startup Challenge Monterey Bay

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program

Investment Stage:

A regional new business competition and acceleration program for entrepreneurs in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.


Far East Holdings, LLC

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Co-Working Space, Entrepreneurship Program, Hedge Fund, Investment Bank

Investment Stage: Post-Ipo

Investment Fund


Capital Unicorn

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Entrepreneurship Program, Micro VC

Investment Stage: Seed

Capital Unicorn invests in promising entrepreneurs an start-ups on the internet. We’re in Irvine, California.

Written by Mark Kendall

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